33-Year-Old UFC Bantamweight 21-8-0
October 10, 2017 Bryan Caraway News
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Caraway (shoulder) will face Luke Sanders in a bantamweight fight at UFC Fresno on December 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Caraway injured his shoulder in his last fight -- a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling in May of 2016 -- but he's healthy and set to return to the Octagon after a 19-month layoff. The 33-year-old owns an overall record of 21-8 and had won four of his last five fights prior to injuring himself.
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Fantasy AnalysisCaraway also implied that he injured himself in his last fight -- a split-decision victory over Aljamain Sterling -- and that he overtrained afterwards, not fully allowing the ailment to heal. He confirmed the news with an MRI, and eventually had no choice but to pull out 11 days before the fight. As the No. 5-ranked bantamweight that has won two straight, Caraway is deserving of a top-10 opponent once he regains his health. In the meantime, Marlon Vera will take his place at the Phoenix event.
Fantasy AnalysisSterling's poor effort is the biggest reason that Caraway won, but Kid Lightning deserves credit for rebounding after a dreadful first round. While Sterling faded as the fight progressed, Caraway got stronger. With the fight seemingly tied heading to Round 3, Caraway racked of a pair of easy takedowns and cruised to the finish line. Caraway is legitimately underrated, but he's not a top-five bantamweight and he's not better than Sterling, despite that fact that he deserved to win on Sunday. Caraway just doesn't possess the natural athletic skills to defeat the best fighters in the world.
Fantasy AnalysisIt’s be an impressive run for Caraway since his Strikeforce/WEC days came to an end, but he doesn’t have the skills to match up with the best bantamweights in the world. Caraway’s biggest advantage, his submission skills, figure to be largely negated by the wrestling and athletic ability of Sterling. Caraway is 5-2 in the UFC and is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over Eddie Wineland last July, but Sterling is a different level opponent. While an upset isn’t totally out of the question, Caraway is a deserving hefty underdog here.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a fight that was contested almost entirely on the feet, Caraway did surprisingly well. He did land one takedown early, but that's all he could manage. Caraway looked comfortable striking and he didn't absorb much punishment. It was an impressive effort. Caraway isn't much of a title threat, but there's no reason he can't find himself in the back half of the top-10 of the UFC bantamweight division.