“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 finalist T.J.
has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable
to compete against Mike Easton
UFC on Fox 5
Replacing the Team Alpha Male standout will be another “TUF 14”
alum in Bryan
Caraway, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
UFC on Fox 5 takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena and will be
headlined by a lightweight title collision between reigning
Henderson and No. 1 contender Nate Diaz.
A Washington native, Caraway competed on “TUF 14” as a
featherweight, falling to Diego
Brandao in their semifinal exhibition bout. The 28-year-old
made his official UFC debut this past December, submitting cast
Neace at the live season finale. Most recently, “Kid Lightning”
made the cut to 135 pounds for a July 21 showdown with Octagon
Gagnon, weathering an early storm from the Canadian prospect
before finishing their UFC 149 bout with a third-round rear-naked
Easton rides an eight-fight winning streak heading into his
showdown with Caraway. “The Hulk” has competed for the UFC three
times thus far, debuting one year ago with a technical knockout of
Bloodworth before taking a majority decision from Jared
Papazian to kick off 2012. The 28-year-old last competed on
July 7 at UFC 148, taking a unanimous decision from veteran
Menjivar at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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