Yesterday we were learning that Chael was going to replace Lil Nog at UFC 161 against Shogun. However now we are learning visa issues have kept Sonnen from fighting on the card, which takes place on June 15, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
"Tonight I was home with my team studying the fights of my new opponent for UFC 161 when I got the sad news that Chael Sonnen can't make it to the event," said Shogun.
Further, Globo is reporting that Sonnen and Shogun will fight on Aug. 17 at UFC on FOX Sports 1 in Boston. It is interesting that Chael can keep getting these sorts of fights.
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