Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will not be facing Chael Sonnen at UFC 161 later this month, according to the former UFC light heavyweight champion himself.
On a day when Sonnen, Rua’s manager and others chimed in with news regarding the fight, the man himself has come out via Twitter.
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
Rua, in the message, apologized to fans and stated his plans to return to the Octagon on the FOX Sports 1 debut card. Previously, Sonnen was announced as a host in the studio that day, but things could always be re-shuffled to feature him on the actual card instead.
Originally, Rua was to meet Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but he fell victim to a training injury.