- The 31-year-old Sterling is on a five-fight win streak and hasn’t lost since 2017. The victory that sealed him his title shot was against number two-ranked Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 in June. Sterling won via first-round submission.
- The 27-year-old Yan, meanwhile, has been undefeated in the UFC since he entered the company in 2018. Currently on a ten-fight win streak, he bagged the vacant 135-pound title at UFC 250 against former longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
- UFC 256 takes place on Dec. 12. Reportedly slated to headline the event is a featherweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson.