Sonnen, Rua to fight on FOX Sports 1

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

Ednaldo Oliveira.

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

detached retina.