“The Funk Master” will enter the octagon for a fourth time in 2017. UFC officials announced today that Aljamain Sterling (14-2) will square off against jujitsu ace Rani Yahya (20-9) at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, California.
Sterling is 2-1 in 2017, starting off the year with a split decision loss to Raphael Assunção. After falling to the top-ranked bantamweight, Sterling bounced back with a win over Augustus Mendes at UFC on FOX 24. He picked up the biggest win of his career with hard fought unanimous decision over former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barão at UFC 214.
Yahya is coming off first round submission win over Henry Briones at UFC Fight Night 114 in August. The WEC and UFC veteran is 5-1 in his last six bouts having dropped a unanimous decision to Joe Soto in March of this year.
The bout pits two of the best grapplers in the UFC bantamweight division against each other. A long time black belt, 18 of Yahya’s 24 wins are by way of submission. Sterling is a decorated collegiate wrestler and a brown belt under Matt Serra. He has won 6 of his 14 victories are by submission.
UFC Fight Night 123 takes places on December 9th, 2017. The event is headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.