An injury to Alajamin Sterling scrapped plans for a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 102 with Raphael Assuncao.
Now, instead of trying to find a new opponent for Assuncao, officials have decided to plan the bout for 2017.
Sterling (12-1) is coming off his first loss as a pro, falling to Bryan Caraway. Assuncao had his lengthy win streak snapped by T.J. Dillashaw in July.
UFC Fight Night 102 takes place December 9 from New York and features Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov in the main event.