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Sonnen labels Nogueira 'Little chicken belly'

ESPN staff
June 13, 2013
Chael Sonnen has verbally attacked Antonio Rogerio Nogueira © Getty Images

Chael Sonnen has revealed the only reason he will face Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua at UFC on FOX Sports 1:1 on August 17 is because of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira being a "Little chicken belly".

The 36-year-old will take on Rua at Boston's TD Garden after his original fight against Nogueira was cancelled as part of UFC 161.

"Little Chicken Belly Nog pulled the same scumbag move that he does every time, lets the UFC put out posters, commercials, doing everything to promote him, knowing full well he's not going to do the fight," Sonnen told the Telegraph.

"Once again he calls in sick, three weeks early. In no industry on earth can you do that. Nobody can call their boss and say 'Hey, boss, 20 days from now, I'm not going to feel good'. So he calls in sick three weeks early… it was a ruse from the beginning, and basically, I just wanted to help out."

When Nogueira withdrew from the fight with a back injury, Sonnen took to Twitter and posted to Rua: "I hear Brazilian chicken is off the menu. American gangster is still available if you want to send your waitress over."

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