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With “Lil Nog” out, Sonnen calls for “Shogun” at UFC 161

If you had not heard, Antonio “Lil Nog” Rogerio has been forced out of his UFC 161 fight against former champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, due to a back injury suffered in training. As the UFC scrambles to find a replacement with less than two weeks (June 15), “The Oregon Gangster” once again throws his name in the hat.

Here’s what Chael Sonnen had to say about a match-up via Twitter:

The match would make sense as both are coming off a loss. Shogun’s last appearance in Dec. 2012 ended with a unanimous decision loss to Alexander Gustafsson, while Sonnen suffered a first round beating at the hands and elbows of current champ Jon Jones.

It would seem that with Sonnen’s original targeted opponent, Wanderlei Silva delaying a UFC return for likely injury recovery, Sonnen would rather get in the cage sooner than later. Wonder if he’s concerned with the NSAC’s consideration of changing the allowed T/E ratios?

Photographer: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


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