A long-awaited bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling is finally targeted for UFC 256 on December 12.
Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Wednesday after UFC President Dana White initially announced the fight against Yahoo Sports.
Yan will look to make the first defense of his 135-pound title after winning the vacant championship when Henry Cejudo retired earlier this year. Yan beat Jose Aldo to win the title in July as the Russian continued his undefeated race in the UFC.
Yan is currently 7-0 in the UFC, including back-to-back knockouts against Aldo and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber.
As for Sterling, the New York native will fight for gold in the UFC for the first time in his career after joining the roster in 2014.
He is currently leading a five-game winning streak, including a lightning-fast submission victory over Cory Sandhagen in his last outing in June. Afterward, it seemed to be taken for granted that he would receive the next shot for the title, but the UFC had yet to engage in the fight.
Now it looks like all remaining hurdles have been overcome as Sterling prepares to take on Yan with the bantamweight title up for grabs in December.
According to White, Yan vs. Sterling will serve as the main co-event at UFC 256 with featherweight champion Amanda Nunes headlining with her title defense against former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson.