MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Aljamain Sterling, Tatiana Suarez both off UFC Fight Night 102 due to injury

480 Aljamain Sterling, Tatiana Suarez both off UFC Fight Night 102 due to injury  UFC Fight Night Albany has took a big hit on Wednesday. An injury to top bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (12-1) has forced the New York native off the card against Raphael Assuncao (23-5) according to MMAJunkie. In addition the report notes that the UFC will be seeking an opponent who is currently allowed to fight in the U.S. Also MMAJunkie reports that  TUF 23 winner Tatiana Suarez has also pulled off of this card due to injury against Juliana Lima.  No word on a replacement for Lima.   Justine Kish meets newcomer Ashley Yoder at UFC Fight Night Albany UFC officials announced Wednesday that strawweight Justine Kish will return to the cage against promotional newcomer Ashley Yoder. Kish (5-0) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Nina Ansaroff back at UFC 195 in January. The win was her first in close to two years as she was sidelined by injuries. Yoder (5-1) recently defeated Amber Brown at Invicta FC 20 last weekend. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. Here’s an updated look at the card. Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov Anthony Hamilton vs. Francis Ngannou Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante Raphael Assuncao vs. opponent TBA Corey Anderson vs. Sean O’Connell Juliana Lima vs. opponent TBA Randy Brown vs. Brian Camozzi Andrew Sanchez vs. Trevor Smith Marc Diakiese vs. Frankie Perez Keith Berish vs. Ryan Janes Joe Gigliotti vs. Gerald Meerschaert Tiago Trator vs. opponent TBA Justine Kish vs. Ashley Yoder   Victory FC 53 results: Raufeon Stots defeats Jeff Curran, who retires for the third time Raufeon Stots def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Mike Plazola def. Nick Bartles via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:53 Rakim Cleveland def. Calley Kruger via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 1:37 Chris Dunn def. Adem Mujakic via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:46 Kyle Noblitt def. Zach Rosol via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 1:48 Clarence Jordan def. R’Mandell Cameron via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)   Michelle & Paulina of Perfecting Athletes talk Thiago Alves, Valerie Letourneau & busy 2016  Michelle Ingels & Paulina Indara of Perfecting Athletes discusses their busy 2016 working with top UFC fighters and explain the whole situation involving client Thiago Alves missing weight at UFC 205.

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