August is going to one of the busiest months in the history of the UFC.
The UFC will have two pay-per-view events, UFC 163 and UFC 164 at the beginning and end of the month. Then you have the debut of Fox Sports 1 channel debuting on August 17 with the UFC having two shows that month on the channel.
UFC President Dana White promised one heck of a card for UFC on Fox Sports 1. Now we have a headlining fight.
That event will take place on Saturday, August 17 from TD Garden in Boston.
The fight came about when Rua ((21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) was supposed to square off with Antonio Rogerio Nogueiranext week at UFC 161, but Nogueira had to bow out due to injury. Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) then stated on Twitter that he would step in and face Rua.
Sonnen though was not able to get the necessary paperwork to be able to compete in Canada for next weekend. The native of Oregon is coming off a loss to UFC lightweight champion Jon Jones in April at UFC 159. Rua is coming off a loss to Alexander Gustafsson in December at UFC on Fox 5.