Bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling recently withdrew from a planned UFC Fight Night 102 bout with Raphael Assuncao. With few acceptable options in front of him, Assuncao has decided to wait for Sterling to recover.
With Assuncao ranked No. 3 in the UFC bantamweight division and Sterling seated at No. 8, theirs is a pivotal match-up in the division. It’s also a bout that will be sorely missed on a fight card lacking in high-profile fights.
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UFC Fight Night 102 features a headlining bout between Top 15 ranked heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov. It takes place on Friday, Dec. 9, at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.