A bantamweight matchup between an 8-time UFC veteran and a relative newcomer looking to rebound from his first professional loss has been added to UFC Fight Night 123.
ESPN.com first reported that Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Luke Sanders (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) have agreed to meet at the Dec. 9 event, which takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the booking with UFC officials.
The card airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Caraway, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, looks to return from a lengthy layoff that dates back to 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 the matchup. “Kid Lightning” stands in 4-1 in his past five contests but fought just once in 2015, once in 2016 and will likely have just one fight in 2017, as well.
Meanwhile, Sanders looks to bounce back from a March loss to Iuri Alcantara. The kneebar defeat marked Sanders’ first professional setback, snapping a run off 11 consecutive wins to open his career.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 123 now includes:
Two new bouts have been added to the December 16 fight card in Winnipeg, Canada. read news >>
UFC Fight Night 123 has a new featherweight bout on its card.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Andre Soukhamthath will get a third chance in 2017 to pick up his first win in the UFC, but it will have to come on short notice. Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has stepped in for an injured [autot read news >>
Injury has forced Bryan Caraway out of a planned contest with Luke Sanders, leaving UFC officials on the search for a bantamweight foe.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
UFC on FOX 26 additions include a pair of fighters looking to build on recent wins and a replacement opponent making a quick turnaround.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
The fight card for the UFC’s debut event in St. Louis has three new additions.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
The UFC’s debut event in Perth is beginning to take shape with the addition of its first two fights. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
A late heavyweight addition to this week’s UFC Fight Night 122 lineup means a record eight Chinese fighters will appear on the card.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
UFC president Dana White announced a new welterweight matchup late Tuesday night in Los Angeles but there's only one problem — he forgot to tell the fighters. The proposed fight would pit former titl read news >>