Visa issues delay Sonnen vs. Shogun until UFC on FOX Sports 1


Chael Sonnen has a wholly unique ability to talk his way into the biggest fights in mixed martial arts, and when it was announced Monday that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was injured and out of his UFC 161 bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Sonnen wanted in, via Twitter.

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Then Brazilian media giant Globo reported that the fight was on. However, the authoritative Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole ‏spoke with Lorenzo Fertitta, and related that the fight was in discussion only, and not finalized.

Now apparently visa issues have kept Sonnen from fighting on the card, which takes place on June 15, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“I’m very sad that I won’t be able to fight at June 15," Shogun told Tatame. "I got so much ready for this with my team of coaches. I was crazy to fight. I had already changed my strategy, I was ready to get in action, but the UFC told my manager that Sonnen had problems to get a visa to fly to Canada. That’s why they cancelled the fight, and that’s a shame.”

“I’ll have to wait a little longer to fight again, but my will is only getting bigger. UFC asked me to keep training, that I would fight on August 17, at Boston. I’d like to thank the support of my fans, they always gave me strength to train harder and fight.”

UFC 161 now goes forward with 11 fights. Jimmo vs. Pokrajac was moved up to the main card.

Main Card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Stipe Miocic vs. Roy Nelson
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac

Prelim Card (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
James Krause vs. Sam Stout
Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

Prelim Card (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)
Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague


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cdmontgo site profile image  

6/5/13 11:31 PM by cdmontgo

I'm pumped for this fight :)

KingofBJJ site profile image  

6/5/13 3:40 PM by KingofBJJ

Maybe, but the fact is he is a felon and a cheat.

Cthomas1985 site profile image  

6/5/13 1:51 PM by Cthomas1985

Translation. I don't like Sonnen. Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!

KingofBJJ site profile image  

6/5/13 1:47 PM by KingofBJJ

Visa issues= Felony?

brahmabull81 site profile image  

6/4/13 11:48 PM by brahmabull81

LOL Im only commenting in this thread because I always get a kick out of when the UG uses that Sonnen pic for the homepage (or maybe its just on the homepage of the framed version of the forums, idk) because the play button makes him look like hitler. Especially when you see the screenshot of the page on a thumbnail.haha im sure people have already noticed and/or brough this up before too. but still, LOL.

RJJH site profile image  

6/4/13 9:40 PM by RJJH

exactly this!!! fuck that criminal piece of shit

Zomby site profile image  

6/4/13 1:12 PM by Zomby

Canada does not give visa's to known convicted criminals.

Unwariestpickle site profile image  

6/4/13 11:11 AM by Unwariestpickle

Lol so now Sonnen gets a full training camp. That smart bastard.

Pancake Syrup site profile image  

6/4/13 8:10 AM by Pancake Syrup

If this fight is on the Boston card then we're starting to get spoiled.....i love it

Sleazy Martinez site profile image  

6/4/13 8:06 AM by Sleazy Martinez

Forrest by triangle iirc.