Report: Dillashaw-Sterling title fight targeted for UFC 279

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The UFC is finalizing a bantamweight title bout between challenger T.J. Dillashaw and champion Aljamain Sterling for UFC 279 on Sept. 10, sources told MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn and Nolan King.

Dillashaw is coming off a grueling win over Cory Sandhagen in July 2021. He underwent knee surgery shortly after the fight. The former champion served a two-year suspension for performance-enhancing drugs before returning versus Sandhagen.

Sterling, meanwhile, defended his belt for the first time in April, earning a split decision over Petr Yan. The 32-year-old won the strap versus Yan a year earlier when the Russian star struck him with an illegal knee and got disqualified.

UFC 279 doesn't have a location yet, though Boston and Atlanta are reportedly candidates to host the card.

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