Promising bantamweight Erik Perez
has suffered a staph infection and will no longer be able to
compete at UFC
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
Sonnen and also includes a middleweight clash pitting Michael
Bisping against Alan
Perez began his UFC tenure in impressive fashion, stopping his
first three opponents inside of a round. Most recently, “Goyito”
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
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.