Now, after going back-and-forth in regards to the fight taking place, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has come out and stated his planned fight with Chael Sonnen is off.
Sonnen offered his services as a replacement to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson. While the bout appeared to be set, Rua has posted on Twitter that it will not happen.
Rua is now expected to compete in August on FOX Sports 1, though no opponent is known.
Acabamos de saber que a luta contra o Chael tamben caiu. Queria pedir desculpa aos fas, fiz o que pude para lutar , 17 de agosto voltarei.
— Shogun Rua (@ShogunRua) June 4, 2013
To translate, what Rua wrote says, “We just know that rity against Chael fell. Wanted to apologize to do,” and mentions August 17, which is the date for the debut of FOX Sports 1, for a return.
Rua later posted a picture of himself and his training partners watching film on Sonnen in preparation of the fight. He added the news about Sonnen not being able to travel to Canada.