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Charles Rosa hopes to get rebooked soon after UFC Fight Night 117 scratch


Featherweight Charles Rosa said the promotion compensated him in spite of his canceled fight against Mizuto Hirota at UFC Fight Night 117.

“Luckily, they made it right and took care of me,” Rosa told MMAjunkie after his scratch in Saitama, Japan, which hosted the FXX-televised event Friday at the hallowed Saitama Super Arena. “I’m really happy with the UFC and the way they handled it.”

Although Rosa did not specify how he was compensated, the promotion often pays out “show money” – usually the contracted purse, albeit without any potential “win money” – to fighters whose opponents are scratched at the last minute due to medical issues.

“Obviously, it was out of their hands,” Rosa said. “It wasn’t their fault – it was my opponent’s fault.”

Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) came in four pounds over the allowed limit and teetered on the scale at the event’s official weigh-ins. Although Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) agreed to fight his heavier opponent, concerns over Hirota’s health prompted officials to cancel the bout the day of the event.

Rosa was getting in one last workout when he got the news. He now hopes to get rebooked as soon as possible.

“I told (UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby) whatever he can do to try to get me on soon, and he said he’d try to get me on a card soon,” Rosa said. “You’ll definitely see me back in the UFC soon.”

When he gets back, Rosa aims to be back in the win column after a loss in his previous outing at UFC 210. An extra $50,000 bonus check helped soothe the pain of a third-round TKO at the hands of Shane Burgos, but it left him at 2-3 in the octagon.

Rosa, an American Top Team product, has bounced between losses and wins since his UFC debut in October 2014. Momentum is his first order of business.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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