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Aljamain Sterling returns to UFC’s octagon this April in Atlantic City

Aljamain Sterling, right, faces Raphael Assuncao at UFC

Aljamain Sterling, right, faces Raphael Assuncao at UFC Fight Night at the Pepsi Center on January 28, 2017 in Denver. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Matthew Stockman

On Monday, Aljamain Sterling posted a photo of him flexing next to his new shipment of nutritional supplements on his Instagram account.

The caption began with this sentence: “When this shipment comes in, you know it’s FIGHT CAMP TIME!!”

And here’s the fight Sterling, a Serra-Longo fighter from Uniondale, is preparing for, according to a UFC official: UFC Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on April 21 against Brett Johns. The bout was verbally agreed to and contracts were sent to the fighters.

Sterling’s teammate and fellow bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili, also is on the card and facing Augusto Mendes.

Sterling (14-3, 6-3 UFC), the ninth-ranked fighter in the UFC bantamweight division, lost his last bout by first-round knockout to Marlon Moraes. It was the first time Sterling was stopped in a bout. His previous two losses came by split decision.

The 14th-ranked Johns (15-0, 3-0 UFC) is coming off a first-round submission of Joe Soto in December.


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