Chael Sonnen and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have been
tapped to headline the first UFC on FOX Sports 1, one of several
fights announced on “UFC Tonight” on Tuesday.
The five-round Sonnen-Rua middleweight bout will take place in
Boston on Aug. 17, the same day that FOX Sports 1 — the new
nationwide sports network — launches.
The headliner for another card — UFC 164 at BMO Harris
Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Aug. 31 — was also announced.
Benson Henderson will defend his UFC lightweight title against TJ
Grant in the featured bout of that event.
That announcement of the fight was expected after Grant knocked
out Gray Maynard at UFC 162 last month. UFC president Dana White
told reporters afterward that Grant would face Henderson, who is is
coming off a split decision victory over Gilbert Melendez in
The other announcements included:
– A bantamweight fight between Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald
was added to the UFC debut on FOX Sports 1 on Aug. 17.
– Sara McMann will take on Sarah Kaufman on the second FOX
Sports 1 show on Aug. 28.
– Robert Drysdale will make his UFC debut at UFC 163. The Las
Vegas Review-Journal previously reported Drysdale would fight
Also on the broadcast, FUEL TV’s Ariel Helwani reported
that BJ Penn isn’t retiring and plans next to fight at 155
pounds, and Michael Bisping had a successful surgery to repair a