After the injury bug struck UFC 161, Mauricio Rua was left without an opponent. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is currently dealing with a back injury and while UFC officials have yet to announce a replacement, Chael Sonnen once again volunteered to step up in very short notice.
The former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger took to twitter:
@shogunrua I HEAR BRAZILIAN CHICKEN IS OFF THE MENU. AMERICAN GANGSTER IS STILL AVAILABLE IF YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR WAITRESS OVER.— chael sonnen (@sonnench) June 3, 2013
If the talented wrestler does get the call, stylistically, it's a very intriguing match up as Shogun has relatively weak takedown defense, but he's extremely crafty from the bottom, and on paper, he should have the better striking. Although, everything would probably be different seeing that UFC 161 is in less than two weeks, and as of this writing, the UFC has yet to officially name an opponent.
Even if Sonnen doesn't cut as much weight to make the light heavyweight limit, it would still be a challenge to have just a few days to prepare for a top contender like Shogun, so huge props to the American Gangster for once again throwing his hat in for a short notice bout.