The interim title fight came together after reigning bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling was not medically cleared to compete following neck surgery earlier this year. Sterling initially asked for a later date for the rematch after his first fight against Yan ended in a disqualification when the Russian hit him with an illegal knee strike.
Unfortunately, Sterling is still recovering from his surgery and won’t be able to compete in October.
With Sterling out, the UFC immediately shifted gears to book an interim title fight with Sandhagen as the leading candidate after he lost a razor-close split decision to former champion T.J. Dillashaw in his last outing.
Now Sandhagen will face off with Yan with an interim title on the line, with the winner then moving onto meet Sterling to unify the bantamweight championship.
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