Manny Gamburyan out; Takeya Mizugaki now faces Aljamain Sterling in New Jersey

Takeya Mizugaki steps in to face Aljamain Sterling in New Jersey

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An injury has forced a change to the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card in New Jersey as Manny Gamburyan has fallen out of his fight against Aljamain Sterling, but he’ll get a top 10 ranked opponent as a replacement.

Takeya Mizguaki has accepted the fight and will step in to face Sterling on the upcoming card on April 18 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC officials confirmed the new bout to FOX Sports on Tuesday.

Mizugaki has gone 5-1 in his last six bouts while moving up to No. 7 in the divisional rankings.  The Japanese born bantamweight has picked up several big wins in the last two years including victories over Francisco Rivera and Erik Perez.

The fight will be a decided step up in competition for Sterling, who has been regarded as one of the top prospects in the world at 135-pounds. 

Training out of the Serra-Longo fight team, Sterling works under the same coaches responsible for middleweight champion Chris Weidman as well as lightweight contender Al Iaquinta.

Mizugaki vs. Sterling joins a stacked card headed to New Jersey including a five-round main event pitting former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida against Luke Rockhold in a bout that could determine the next contender at 185-pounds.