With Cody Garbrandt recently dethroning Dominick Cruz to become the bantamweight champion, the men’s 135-pound division is currently wide-open. “No Love” will next defend his title against former champion TJ Dillashaw later this year, but UFC on FOX 23’s fight between No. 4-ranked Raphael Assuncao and No. 7-ranked Aljamain Sterling remains important nonetheless.
Assuncao was previously riding an impressive seven-fight win streak that included victories over Dillashaw and Bryan Caraway, but his momentum was recently slowed when he dropped a decision to Dillashaw in their rematch at UFC 200.
If he can take out a prospect in Sterling in impressive fashion, however, Assuncao will put his name right back into the title picture.
The Brazilian will certainly be looking to get back to his winning ways and once again prove to fight fans that he ranks amongst the best 135 pounders in the world.