Shogun Rua off UFC 161 card, 'will fight on a card soon' after Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Chael Sonnen ruled out

Richard Wolowicz

Chael Sonnen can't compete at UFC 161, which means that Shogun Rua -- who was supposed to rematch Antonio Rogerio Nogueira -- will be prevented from making the trip to MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2013.

It seems as though mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in Winnipeg, Canada, just can't seem to catch an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) break.

UFC 161: "Barao vs. Wineland" appeared to be a sleeper pay-per-view (PPV) event, with an interim Bantamweight title on the line in the main event at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2013. However, Renan Barao was forced off the card because of a foot injury (details here), one that "crushed" his eager opponent, Eddie Wineland.

While not a title bout, the pivotal Light Heavyweight showdown between Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans that was supposed to serve as the co-main event of the evening was promoted to the top of the marquee. In turn, another 205-pound showdown between Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was bumped up to the second-from-the-top-position.

Then "Lil Nog" went down with an injury, compelling Chael Sonnen to once again attempt to save the day on two weeks notice, with Rua apparently agreeing to the terms, only for it to fall apart because of visa issues.

Visa issues that will not just keep Sonnen off the card, but Rua, too.

With Rua off the card, and the promotion unwilling -- and more than likely unable -- to enhance it further at this point, it would appear that the Heavyweight showdown between Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic will now serve as the UFC 161 co-main event.

It's actually another last-minute match up that was booked two weeks ago to bolster a PPV card that lost its original main event. And, oddly, the UFC 160 visa issues of Mark Hunt had something to do with it (more here).

Regardless, with the promotion rolling with its current line up, and promising to book "Shogun" at a later date (possibly against Sonnen and not Nogueira) the Light Heavyweight showdown between Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac has been added to the PPV broadcast.

For more on UFC 161: "Henderson vs. Evans" be sure to check out our complete event archive right here. And to see the latest -- and hopefully final -- UFC 161 fight card and rumors click here.

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