The top half of the UFC bantamweight division gained clarity its fighters and fans have been looking for several months.
With TJ Dillashaw suspended for two years for a positive test for EPO, Marlon Moraes challenges Henry Cejudo, the flyweight champion, for the vacant 135-pound title at UFC 238 in Chicago on June 8th.
Added to that card officially is now Aljamain Sterling of Long Island against Pedro Munhoz. The reservation was reported by several stores last week.
Sterling, a fighter from the Serra-Longo Uniondale, has won three in a row since losing the first round at Moraes in December 2017. With each subsequent fight, Sterling, 29, looked better than the previous fight, and showed a improved level of striking. He won a decision on Brett Johns last April, introduced Cody Stamann last September and then chose Jimmie Rivera in February, a race that saw Sterling (17-3) move from number 8 to 3 in the UFC bantamweight chart .
Munhoz (18-3, 1 no contest) also has a series of victories from three fights, recently eliminating former champion Cody Garbrandt in March at UCFC 235. Munhoz, who fights from the American Top Team also stopped Bryan Caraway in the first round last November and won a decision on Johns last August. The fourth ranked Munhoz, 32, has nine career submission wins and four for knockout.
Rivera vs Peter Yan, number 7 and number 9 of bantamweights, are also scheduled for UFC 238.