Erik Perez Hospitalized With Staph Infection, Bryan Caraway Meets Johnny Bedford at UFC 159



Promising bantamweight Erik Perez has suffered a staph infection and will no longer be able to compete at UFC 159.

The UFC announced Monday that Bryan Caraway has agreed to replace Perez against fellow “Ultimate Fighter 14” alumnus Johnny Bedford (Pictured) at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Saturday. UFC 159 is headlined by a light heavyweight title showdown between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen and also includes a middleweight clash pitting Michael Bisping against Alan Belcher.

Perez began his UFC tenure in impressive fashion, stopping his first three opponents inside of a round. Most recently, “Goyito” defeated Byron Bloodworth via technical knockout 3:50 into the opening frame at UFC 155.

“Say a prayer for Goyito Perez. [He’s] been in the hospital since Saturday night with a severe leg staph infection. [Hoping] he turns the corner today,” Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts, where Perez trains, tweeted on Monday.

Caraway is 2-1 in the Octagon since his time on “TUF 14.” The 28-year-old Washington native began his UFC career with victories over Dustin Neace and Mitch Gagnon before falling to Takeya Mizugaki in his last outing at UFC on Fuel TV 8.

Bedford is unbeaten in two bouts with the Las Vegas-based promotion, taking a second-round TKO triumph over Louis Gaudinot at the “TUF 14” finale before knocking out Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini in December.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 12 days ago
  • 18 views

BOSTON – Johnny Case saw two opponents withdraw from UFC Fight Night 59 and had little time to prepare for Frankie Perez. In the end, though, the revolving door would make no difference.Filed under: read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 193 views

In the fifth installment of “UFC 182 Embedded,” we take a brief look at the weigh-ins with Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, but a couple other familiar faces make an appearance.Filed under: News, UFC, V read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 21 views

Watch the fifth episode of UFC Embedded here. Following months of hype, build-up, and confrontations that led to all-out brawls in the middle of the MGM hotel lobby, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jo read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Daniel Cormier suffered the first loss of his mixed martial arts career against Jon Jones at UFC 182 on Saturday, missing his chance to claim the UFC light heavyweight championship. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 8 views

Donald Cerrone wanted to fight again as quickly as possible after his win over Myles Jury at UFC 182. Two weeks seems pretty quick.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera will get his day in court, so to speak, at a Nevada State Athletic Commission next week in Las Vegas.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 7 views

Donald Cerrone isn’t the only UFC 182 winner to book his next fight just a few days after the first event of the year. Marion Reneau, who scored a unanimous decision victory over Alexis Dufresne at t read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

A bantamweight matchup between longtime veteran Manny Gamburyan and undefeated prospect Aljamain Sterling has been added to April’s UFC on FOX 15 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC bantamweight competitor Holy Holm discusses her desire to fight in the near future and her thoughts on a potential match-up against Ronda Rousey. read news >>