Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio Rua announced as UFC on Fox Sports 1 main event in Boston

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

We now know the UFC on Fox Sports 1 main event in Boston on August 17th.

The first UFC on Fox Sports 1 main event is now set. Chael Sonnen and Mauricio Rua will meet in Boston on August 17th per UFC Tonight:

So no title fight to open the FS1 doors, but instead a LHW fight that wasn't even made until yesterday. Shogun was supposed to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 161, but Lil' Nog pulled out with a back injury and Sonnen stepped up to replace him. Visa issues prevented Sonnen from fighting the former LHW champion in Canada, but the UFC kept the new matchup in place and shifted it to UFC on FS1 #1.

I have to say, for Sonnen and Rua to get the main event having gone a combined 4-5 since 2011 (including a very lopsided 0-3 in title fights) is puzzling, and it makes you wonder what the UFC actually had in mind for the Boston main event before Sonnen and Shogun were ever paired against each other.

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