'Shogun' Rua pulled from UFC 161

June 4, 2013
Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua will not be in action this month © Getty Images

Unable to quickly secure a replacement for injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, UFC has removed former light-heavyweight champion Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua from its June 15 event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, promotion officials announced on Monday night.

UFC 161 will proceed with 11 bouts. Former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans faces Dan Henderson in the main event.

Rua will compete in a UFC event later this summer.

Nogueira and Rua were scheduled to meet in the UFC 161 co-main event. But Nogueira suffered a back injury and withdrew from the event on Sunday. The two fought in June 2005 on a Pride FC card, Rua won that bout by unanimous decision.

Chael Sonnen, who fought for the light-heavyweight and middleweight titles, offered to replace Nogueira and fight Rua, but UFC officials opted not to accept.

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