Sterling (14-2) has scored wins in six of his eight overall UFC fights to date, including a recent win over former champion Renan Barao. Of his 14 career victories, six have been via submission.
Yahya (24-9), meanwhile, sports a 9-3 UFC record and has earned 18 submission wins during his career. He locked up a kimura on Enrique Briones earlier this year, improving to 5-1 in his last six.
UFC Fight Night 123 takes place December 9 from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. In the main event, Cub Swanson meets Brian Ortega.