The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation has flexed their power once again, forcing Taylor Lapilus out of a planned fight with Dennis Siver this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 53.
In place of Lapilus will step Charles Rosa from Stockholm, Sweden and the Ericcson Globe Arena. The entire event airs on UFC Fight Pass, with Silva-Rosa part of the prelims.
Rosa (9-0) will be making his Octagon debut and owns nine stoppage wins in his career. Siver (21-9) sports a 10-6 overall UFC mark. Lapilus is expected to remain on the active UFC roster and receive a future fight booking.
UFC Fight Night 53 Card:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story
Featherweight: Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway
Light Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Blachowicz
Featherweight: Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/12:10 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Scott Askham
Welterweight: Alexander Yakovlev vs. Nico Musoke
Featherweight: Dennis Siver vs. Charles Rosa
Welterweight: Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov
Middleweight: Tor Troeng vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Lightweight: Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marcin Bandel
Featherweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov