With a relatively slow start in the first round, where Sterling found it hard to break the momentum of Brett Johns it took him full five minutes and a prep talk from the corner to get back into his groove. Brett Johns proved to be more than a tough nut, as took on every shot from the funkmaster and countered with his own. Sterling tried for a takedown from the clinch but instead got tripped landing on his back. In the final round, Brett began to slow down and Sterling picked up the pace as he landed more kicks and combinations. The judges scored a clean slate victory for Sterling with 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2018