According to a release from the Las Vegas-based promotion, Assuncao
has elected to wait and face Sterling at a future event once the
Serra-Longo Fight Team representative returns to full health.
UFC Fight Night 102 takes place at the Times Union Center on Dec. 9
and is headlined by a heavyweight tilt pitting Derrick
Lewis against Shamil
Abdurakhimov. The card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight
Assuncao had a seven-fight winning streak snapped in his most
recent outing at UFC 200 on July 9, when he dropped a unanimous
verdict in a rematch against ex-bantamweight king T.J.
Dillashaw. The 34-year-old Brazilian owns wins over the likes
of Dillashaw, Bryan
Caraway and Johnny
Eduardo during his Octagon tenure.