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Aljamain Sterling needs new UFC Fresno foe after Rani Yahya drops out

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Aljamain Sterling
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Aljamain Steling is looking for a fight.

The New York bantamweight was scheduled to meet veteran Rani Yahya in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fresno on Dec. 9, but Yahya has been forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury.

MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Tuesday report by MMAjunkie. The promotion is actively seeking a new opponent for Sterling.

Sterling (14-2) is 2-2 since re-signing with the UFC after a high-profile free agency period. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision victory over Renan Barao at UFC 214. All four fights in his most recent span have gone to decisions.

The Dec. 9 card, the UFC’s first at Fresno’s SaveMart Center, will be headlined by a featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega.

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