Sterling (14-2) has defeated Renan Barao and Augusto Mendes in his last two outings, after he dropped consecutive losses to Bryan Caraway and Raphael Assuncao.
Yahya (24-9) returned to the win column in August, by earning a decision win over Enrique Briones. Before that, the noted grappler lost by UD to Joe Soto. Yahya is 4-1 in his last 5 scraps.
So, that’s a bout that probably wasn’t on a lot of folks’ radars, since Sterling’s ranked #7, and Yahya isn’t in the top 15. But, with most of the top contenders booked for bouts, why not right?
UFC Fight Night 123 will see Cub Swanson take on fellow featherweight contender Brian Ortega in the main event.