UFC 161 official with Shogun vs. Nogueira, Henderson vs. Evans

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The UFC announced on Tuesday that UFC 161 will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on June 15, and a rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be on the card.

The event is expected to be a Pay-Per-View, and it will take place at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.

Shogun (21-7) and Nogueira (21-5) first fought in the quarterfinals of Pride’s 2005 middleweight grand prix. The two engaged in one of the most memorable fights in MMA history, with Rua coming out the winner from a unanimous decision.

Shogun went on to win the grand prix and was then considered the best up-and-coming light heavyweight in the world. His UFC career, however, hasn’t seen the same success. Despite winning the UFC light heavyweight title in 2010, Rua has gone 5-5 since debuting with the organization in 2007.

Nogueira has gone 4-2 since joining the UFC in 2009, and is currently on a two-fight win streak. In his most recent outing, “Lil’ Nog” went the distance with former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans, earning a unanimous decision at UFC 156 last month.

As reported by GracieMag.com on Monday, the company also confirmed that Dan Henderson will face Evans on the UFC 161 card. A match-up between Soa Palelei and Stipe Miocic was announced as well.

More fights for the card are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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