Sonnen, Rua both make weight

Updated: August 16, 2013, 5:19 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil |

BOSTON -- Former top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua made weight Friday for their light heavyweight showdown in the UFC Fight Night 26 main event.

Both Sonnen, who will return to middleweight after the fight Saturday night, and Rua tipped the scale at 205 pounds. The fight will take place at TD Garden.

Sonnen is looking to snap a two-fight skid. In his most recent outing, on April 27, Sonnen was knocked out in the first round by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Sonnen was knocked out in the second round on July 7, 2012, by then-middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva.

Rua also is looking to get back in the win column. The former UFC light heavyweight champion was on the short end of a unanimous decision to Alexander Gustafsson in December 2012.

Heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne made the co-feature bout official after weighing in at 255½ pounds and 236 pounds, respectively.

Overeem was in line to fight for the heavyweight title before suffering a third-round knockout loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 156 in February. Browne, who knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga on April 13, is seeking his second straight win.

All of the other fighters on the card made weight for the event.


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