Charles ‘Boston Strong’ Rosa has gotten an opponent for UFC Fight Night 81, after reports on January 10, came out about Jim Hettes getting injured and having to pull out from their meeting. Stepping up on short notice is instead the 5-0, Augusto Mendes, who was pulled from his originally scheduled bantamweight bout against Ricardo Lucas Ramos that was taking place on February 5, on the LFC 52 card. It appears as if Mendes will have a tough debut, stepping up on less than a week’s notice against Rosa in his opponent’s home crowd.

News of the replacement has been confirmed January 11, on Charles Rosa Twitter account.

Rosa is looking for a victory after a record of 1-2 in his time in the UFC, he has although been awarded twice with performance bonuses (1 Fight of the Night and 1 Performance of the Night) in his short time there, the ‘Fight of the Night’ came after being handed a split decision defeat against Yair Rodriguez in his most recent bout on June 13, 2015.

Mendes has finished all his five opponents by submission or by knockout (1KO/4Sub), and Rosa has himself a 100% kill-ratio, with all his ten victories coming by the way of stoppage (3KO/7Sub).

On January 17, at the TD Garden, in Boston, we will see how Mendes handles standing on the biggest stage in the world, under the bright lights, against a tough competitor and the hometown guy in Rosa, who needs a victory here to be able to catch a breather from the next time UFC trims its roster.

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Christian Larusson
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Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.