Date: Sunday 10th December, 3am (UK)
Location: California, US
Venue: Save Mart Center
Two young prospects are next up on the UFC Fight Night 123 card in the form of Aljamain Sterling and Marlon Moraes, who replaced Rani Yahya after he pulled out through injury.
Moraes held the World Series of Fighting bantamweight title for nearly four years and was fed to the wolves on his arrival to the UFC. He narrowly lost via a split decision against Raphael Assuncao but he bounced back, earning a split decision of his own against another top contender in John Dodson.
The Brazilian’s third fight and third wolf comes in the shape of Sterling who has been touted with championship potential but has stuttered in his rise towards the top of the division. After suffering his only two losses, he bounced back with great wins over Augusto Mendes and former champion Renan Barao and goes into this fight with Moraes with a ton of pressure as both fighters need to prove they are worthy of contending for the title.
Both men are extremely well-rounded but the key stat is the reach advantage of Sterling which will be crucial in gaining the upper hand, but expect a very close and gritty contest.
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.