Yesterday it was announced by the UFC that Bryan Caraway had suffered an injury and was out of his scheduled fight with Lucas Martins at UFC 170 on February 22nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas. Today a replacement has been found in the form of UFC newcomer, undefeated 8-0 Aljamain Sterling. Sterling fights out of New York, as a member of the Serra-Longo fight team, home to the middleweight champion Chris Weidman, amongst others. The 24 year old, 5’7″ bantamweight has 4 wins by submission to go with 1 (T)KO, and 3 decisions.
A two-time NCAA Division III All-American wrestler at SUNY Cortland, and a former training partner of UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, at Bombsquad. Nicknamed “The Funk Master”, Sterling made his pro MMA debut in 2011 and has fought for 4 different promotions in his short career, capturing the bantamweight title in both Ring of Combat (ROC) and Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC). Most recently coming off a 1st round submission victory over Joel Roberts at CFFC 30 in November, has earned Sterling a call to the UFC.
His opponent, Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, a member of the Chute Boxe camp, made his UFC debut at lightweight suffering his first career loss at the hands of Edson Barboza. But Mineiro has since pulled off two successful victories, both in impressive fashion. One at lightweight over Jeremy Larsen via 3rd round KO, and most recently dropping two weight classes to bantamweight and submitting Ramiro Hernandez in just over 1 minute via RNC. With a record of 14-1, Martins has only gone to a decision once in his career, with 9 career knockout victories.
Lucas Martins was excited about the matchup, taking to twitter: