UFC light heavyweights Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira were supposed to be squaring off against one another in a little less than two weeks at UFC 161. Though a back injury took Nogueira out of the affair, giving way for Chael Sonnen to step into the opening, it looks like the two talented Brazilians will still be battling it out at some point in 2013.
According to comments from Rua’s agent, Lucas Pires, to SporTV, “Shogun” will oppose Nogueira as a coach on TUF Brasil 3 before locking horns in the Octagon. The two tussled once before under the PRIDE banner in a memorable match-up going Rua won via decision. No dates were mentioned in terms of taping, airing, or the eventual match-up.
Pires also confirmed Sonnen would serve as Nogueira’s replacement at UFC 161.