MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Aljamain Sterling re-signs with the UFC, John Lineker off UFC Fight Night 83

Aljamain Sterling re-signs with the UFC UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling announced via The MMA Hour on Monday that he has  re-signed with the UFC. Sterling (12-0) has gone 4-0 in the octagon and now joins Alistair Overeem as a fewllow UFC fighter re-signing with the organization. “I’m 100 percent happy with my decision, I think I got a better deal for myself than I would have had. I was a little bit uneasy about it at first. I just wasn’t sure exactly what was gonna happen, because you never know where you’re going to end up. You cant really put a value on the UFC name. That alone has value in itself. You go out there and say I fight for the UFC, people know exactly what that is. Ultimately, I think I made the right decision. I got some extra incentives in there. I’m happy with the decision I made. We’ll see who’s going to be the opponent to get strangled next. The goal in free agency, Sterling said, was to continue to earn money in the short window that MMA fighters have. I got a couple more years before I’m 30. I want to be in my prime making the big money, enough money to put away so I can do something. I don’t want to be resentful to the sport. I want to be able to leave the sport on a high note.”   John Lineker/Trevor Smith both off UFC Fight Night 83  John Lineker is out of his UFC Fight Night 83 bout with Cody Garbrandt due to dengue fever (a tropical disease caused by a mosquito bite) per MMAJunkie.  The UFC has not yet made an official announcement, but is currently seeking an opponent for Garbrandt. Lineker (26-7) has won three-fights in a row and was slated to make his second octagon appearance at bantamweight.  Garbrandt (7-0)  has won two-straight in the UFC with back to back victories over Marcus Brimage and Enrique Briones. also reports that Trevor Smith is out of his UFC Fight Night 83 matchup with Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes due to a hand injury. The UFC is currently looking for a replacement for Guimares. Smith (13-6) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller at the TUF 21 Finale and has alternated between wins and losses. Guimaraes (11-1) is slated to make his UFC debut and is riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak. UFC Fight Night 83 takes place Sunday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. With all the injuries, here’s an updated look at the card. MAIN CARD Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Cody Garbrandt vs. TBA Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Shane Campbell vs. James Krause PRELIMINARY CARD Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes vs. opponent TBA Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMINARY CARD Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau Lauren Murphy vs. opponent TBA Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton   Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima, Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Clint Hester added to UFC 197 UFC 197 has added a pair of bouts per their official website including Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima and Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Clint Hester Aguilar (19-5) is a former WSOF champion and will be searching for her first UFC victory after dropping a unanimous decision to Claudia Gadelha at UFC 190. Lima (8-2) is coming off back to back victories over Nina Ansaroff and Ericka Almeida. Hester (11-5) heads into this matchup off two-straight losses (both by TKO) while prior to that he was riding a four-fight win streak. De Lima (13-3-1) is coming off a submission loss to Nikita Krylov at UFC Fight Night 74. UFC 197’s takes place April 23 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Here’s an updated look at the card. Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight championship Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight championship Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whitaker Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Clint Hester  

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