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UFC Tabs Newcomer For UFC 170 Fight With Lucas Martins

UFC Tabs Newcomer For UFC 170 Fight With Lucas Martins

UFC officials have tabbed bantamweight Aljamain Sterling to replace Bryan Caraway at next month’s UFC 170 event.

Sterling will meet Lucas Martins at the card, which goes down February 22 from Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Caraway was forced out with an injury.

Sterling (8-0) is part of Serra-Longo Fight Team, which has also produced the likes of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Al Iaquinta. He has won four of his fights via submission and comes from the CageFury Fighting Championships.

“Finally got my foot in the door,” Sterling posted on Twitter. “Thanks for all the support positive messages! This is only the beginning. Feb 22 is when I go to work!”

Martins (14-1) made his debut at bantamweight with a technical submission over Junior Hernandez in September.

Below is the current lineup for the night, which features UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against Sara McMann.

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sara McMann

Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Rory MacDonald

Welterweight: Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker

Lightweight: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Rustam Khabilov

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Eye vs. Alexis Davis

Bantamweight: Raphael Assuncao vs. Francisco Rivera

Bantamweight: Lucas Martins vs. Aljamain Sterling

Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo

Lightweight: Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira

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