The UFC’s first card in Albany, New York has had many changes recently. The organization’s debut is the state capital is set to happen on December 12th. The lineup just lost one side of one of their top fights. Bantamweight, Aljamain Sterling, who was set to take on Raphael Assunaco (#3), but has been removed due to a bicep injury.
Sterling was looking to rebound from his first career lost, which came at the hands of Brian Caraway. However topping the #3 guy in the weight class in Assuncao would have been really hard to beat.
The UFC is supposedly looking for an opponent to face Assuncao on short notice.
Undefeated and winner of season 23 of the Ultimate Fighter season, Tatiana Suarez also had to withdraw from her contest, as she was supposed to take on Juliana Lima. The UFC is also looking for an opponent for Lima.
Last, the UFC added Justine Kish vs Ashley Yodor to the card.
The UFC is also still looking for an opponent for Tiago Trator.
Here is the UFC 102 lineup (order not set yet):
- Derrick Lewis (HM) vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
- Francis Ngannou (HM ) vs Anthony Hamilton
- Raphael Assuncao (#3) vs TBA
- Corey Anderson vs Sean O’Connell
- Justine Kish vs Ashley Yodor
- Patrick Cummings vs Gian Villante
- Randy Brown vs Brian Camozzi
- Marc Diakiese vs Frankie Perez
- Andrew Sanchez vs Trevor Smith
- Juliana Lima vs TBA
- Joe Gigliotti vs Gerald Meerschaert
- Keith Berish vs Ryan Janes
- Tiago Trator vs TBA