Sterling announced the new matchup via social media and the
bantamweight pairing has since been confirmed by multiple outlets.
UFC Fight Night 123 takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno,
Calif., on Dec. 9 and is headlined by a featherweight duel between
Swanson and Brian
Moraes is coming off a split-decision win over John Dodson
at UFC Fight Night 120 on Nov. 11. The former World Series of
Fighting champion had a closely contested bout in his Octagon debut
as well, falling to Raphael
Assuncao via split decision. That defeat ended a 13-fight
winning streak for the 29-year-old Brazilian.
Sterling, meanwhile, has posted back-to-back decision triumphs over
Barao and Augusto
Mendes to improve to 6-2 during his UFC tenure.