The UFC is currently shopping for a replacement for Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night 53 to step in against Dennis Siver.
MMAJunkie confirmed Whiteford’s withdrawal with a source close to Whiteford, however no reason for the withdrawal was given.
The fight will serve as Dennis Siver’s first bout back to the Octagon after serving a nine-month suspension for a positive drug test for hCG.
The current lineup for the event is as follows:
MAIN CARD (3 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)
Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story
Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway
an Blachowicz vs. Ilir Latifi
Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson
PRELIMINARY CARD (12:10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)
Scott Askham vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Nico Musoke vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Dennis Siver vs. TBA
Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tor Troeng
Marcin Bandel vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov