According to Brazilian media outlets, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is out of his UFC 161 match with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. The bad news started for UFC 161 when interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao was forced off the card with an injury, but now it seems Shogun is without a dance partner. The story says Nog suffered a back injury during training that isn’t very serious, but it has prevented him from being able to train. There hasn’t been announcement from the UFC confirming the report, but from the sound of it, a search for a replacement to Rua on 2 weeks notice is well under way.
News outlet Globo was the first to report the story. UFC 161: Evans Vs Henderson takes place on June 15 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In the main event, Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans will take on former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson in a three round affair. UFC 161 will be the first time the UFC has held an event in Winnipeg.
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