CFFC champ Aljamain Sterling is headed for the Octagon. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer Aljamain Sterling will replace the injured Bryan Caraway at UFC 170.
UFC officials announced the news Wednesday, revealing that the unbeaten prospect will take on Lucas Martins in a bantamweight duel at the Feb. 22 event. UFC 170 is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title bout pitting Ronda Rousey against Sara McMann and takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Sterling, 24, has been perfect through eight pro outings since making his debut in April 2011. The New Yorker’s last five bouts have come for the New Jersey-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships, where Sterling stopped four of his victims inside the distance and captured the bantamweight title. The Serra-Longo Fight Team rep last competed in November, when he submitted Joel Roberts with a rear-naked choke at CFFC 30.
Martins was handed his first pro loss by lightweight Edson Barboza roughly one year ago, when he was knocked out at UFC on FX 7. “Mineiro” responded with a drastic drop in weight, knocking out Jeremy Larsen in his bantamweight debut before submitting Ramiro Hernandez this past September at UFC Fight Night 28.