Chael Sonnen 'available' to fight Shogun Rua at UFC 161 after Brazilian 'chicken' withdraws due to injury

Jonathan Ferrey

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has it easy when it comes to the UFC light heavyweight division, so long as Chael Sonnen is still hanging around. Seems like "The American Gangster" will fight anyone these days. Mercenary!

Far be it from Chael Sonnen to pass up an opportunity to fight another Brazilian.

The former light heavyweight number one contender is willing to fill in for the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was forced to pull out of the UFC 161: "Evans vs. Henderson" pay-per-view (PPV) event on June 15, 2013 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

More on "Little Nog's" injury here.

Sonnen is no stranger to pinch hitting, offering his services in place of Dan Henderson in the wake of last year's UFC 151 fiasco. Still, it's not everyday you see someone so eager to fight Mauricio Rua on short notice.

That little potshot at Nogueira is nothing compared to this one.

Sonnen originally called out Wanderlei Silva for a fight at UFC on FOX Sports 1 in Boston; however, "The Axe Murderer" balked at the timeline, insisting a fight against the mouthy ex-middleweight would be a "dream," so long as it takes place in Brazil this December.

No reason we can't have our fight and watch it too.

If Sonnen can step in for Nogueira, he would help balance an already tattered fight card, one that recently lost a main event tussle between Renan Pegado vs. Eddie Wineland after "Barao" was forced to bow out due to injury. That seems to happen a lot around these parts, but hey, one door closes, another door opens.

Chael Sonnen vs. Shogun Rua. Who wants it?

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