A bantamweight bout has been rebooked for UFC on Fox 23 as Raphael Assunção and Aljamain Sterling will compete at the event in Denver.
UFC on Fox 23 will be held on January 28, 2017, at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
A UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship title eliminator between multiple-time Muay Thai world champion Valentina Shevchenko and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate bantamweight winner Julianna Peña will headline the event.
Assunção and Sterling were originally booked for UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov. However, Sterling pulled out due to an undisclosed injury and has now been rebooked for this event.
Assunção was on a seven-fight winning streak before dropping a unanimous decision to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 200 in July. Sterling was undefeated in his pro MMA career before dropping a split decision to Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt.
With this announcement, UFC on FOX 23 now looks like this
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Peña
Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares
Jason Gonzalez vs. J.C. Cottrell
Sam Alvey vs. Nate Marquardt
Eric Shelton vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Raphael Assunção vs. Aljamain Sterling