Chael Sonnen Calls Out Shogun Rua, Calls Nogueira A Chicken

Since the news that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was injured, we have all been wondering who will replace the fallen Brazilian. It’s such a short notice fight for any top Light-Heavyweight to take, even if they have been inactive for a couple of months, let alone having fought recently. Chael Sonnen doesn’t seem to think so, the ‘American Gangster’ took to his twitter to call out Mauricio Rua:

Now as much as I adore Sonnen (and I don’t) this may be a bit more than he can chew. I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be a great fight-but Shogun seems to have been training pretty hard for this fight. I expect to see the best Rua that we have seen in years, maybe even since the Pride FC days. Bad news for any perspective replacements.

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In reality, who is there left to replace Nogueira? Latifi? A rematch with Gus? MoUSAsi? To be honest, at this stage it is going to be a case of which high profile fighter is available on short notice, the emphasis being on high profile. The last thing the UFC needs is to put a can in front of Shogun and completely total the PPV card.

So is UFC 161 still savable after numerous injuries have reshaped the card? Stay tuned to Lowkick!

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