MANILA, Philippines – Chael Sonnen has announced that he will be fighting former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the promotion’s inaugural card in FOX Sports.
Sonnen made the announcement on Fuel TV.
“I will be taking on Shogun, I will be fighting him on Fox Sports 1 on August 17 in Boston,” the former middleweight contender-turned light heavyweight fighter said.
Sonnen will be taking on Rua four months after his technical knockout defeat to UFC champion Jon Jones last April.
He actually sought a light heavyweight match against Wanderlei Silva, but it didn’t work out.
“I went after Wanderlei 'cause he's the worst guy I could find... record wise he's the worst fighter in the UFC,” Sonnen said. "I couldn't get Wanderlei... so why don't I fight the guy that destroyed Wanderlei for years in the practice room? So I went to Shogun.”