Happy Monday, guys and gals. We’re bringing in the first roundup of the month with a number of top stories, including Antonio Rogerio Nogueira pulling out of his planned fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Chael Sonnen offering to step up as a replacement, and Fabricio Werdum talks about his evolution as a fighter. Plus we’ve got a video of Bruce Buffer as he recalls a fight with… Royce Gracie? On that note, let’s jump into the headlines:
• Rogerio Nogueira, or “Little Nog” as commonly referred to by fans, is officially out of his UFC 161 rematch with Rua, citing a back injury. Nogueira and “Shogun” last fought at the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix in a battle that won “Fight of the Year” awards in the eyes of many.
• In light of Little Nog’s departure, the opportunistic Sonnen has made an overture to Rua via Twitter.. Sonnen has been linked to Wanderlei Silva in recent months, yet the fight has mysteriously failed to come together. We’ll see how Shogun (and the UFC) responds, but considering the fact that neither man is likely to challenge for a title any time soon, it might be worth a go.
• Werdum is widely regarded as one of the best BJJ practitioners in MMA and holds the distinction of being the first fighter to legitimately defeat legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. A win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (aka “Big Nog”) would likely put Werdum within one fight of a title shot.
• Here’s the Buffer video. Does anyone else think Bruce is taking a little creative license with these tall tales? First he talks about fighting Frank Trigg in an elevator, and now Royce? Ah well, I’m not hating; at least it’s an entertaining listen.