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Bryan Caraway out at UFC-Fresno, Luke Sanders needs new opponent

Injury has forced Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) out of a planned contest with Luke Sanders (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), leaving UFC officials on the search for a bantamweight foe.

MMAjunkie today confirmed Caraway’s withdrawal with UFC officials after learning of the move.

Caraway and Sanders were expected to meet at UFC Fight Night 123, which takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Caraway, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, hasn’t competed since a May 2016 win over Aljamain Sterling. Caraway was scheduled to meet fast-rising contender Jimmie Rivera this past January, but injury forced him out of that matchup, as well. “Kid Lightning” stands at 4-1 in his past five contests but fought just once in 2015, once in 2016 and now appears unlikely to compete in 2017, at all, though an exact timetable for his return wasn’t evident.

Meanwhile, Sanders looks to bounce back from a March loss to Iuri Alcantara. The kneebar defeat marked Sanders’ first professional setback, snapping a run of 11 consecutive wins to open his career.

The UFC Fight Night 123 lineup currently includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Marlon Moraes vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Luke Sanders vs. opponent TBA
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Jason Knight
  • Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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