Jimmie Rivera, Bryan Caraway to co-main event in Phoenix

by • November 29, 2016 • Fight Announcement, Fighter to Watch, News, UFCComments (0)

Jimmie Rivera vs. Bryan Caraway – UFC Fight Night 103 – January 15

Phoenix has reportedly received a huge bantamweight co-main event that pits Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera against Bryan Caraway.

The bout was first reported by Gabe Killian of MMA OddsBreaker.

Rivera (20-1) enters the bout on a super impressive 19-fight win streak. He is a veteran of Bellator, Ring of Combat, WSOF, and CFFC. Since joining the UFC roster last year, Rivera has gone a perfect 4-0, most recently beating the legendary Urijah Faber at UFC 203.

Caraway (21-7) is constantly overlooked in the bantamweight division despite his only two losses in the UFC being razor-thin decision defeats to Takeya Mizugaki and perennial contender Raphael Assunção. Since joining the UFC following TUF 14 in 2011 he has amassed a 6-2 record, recently defeating Eddie Wineland and Aljamain Sterling.

UFC Phoenix takes place at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, January 15.

If this match-up does, in fact, get booked, it will serve as the co-main event to UFC Phoenix (UFC Fight Night 103). BJ Penn returns vs. Yair Rodriguez in the night’s main event. Other bouts on the card include a flyweight contest between Sergio Pettis and Jussier Formiga, as well as a welterweight fight between Ben Saunders and Court McGee.

Here is the full 10-fight card courtesy of Tapology, more bouts TBA.

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jimmie Rivera enters the arena prior to facing Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 203 event at Quicken Loans Arena on September 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: Jimmie Rivera enters the arena prior to facing Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 203 event at Quicken Loans Arena on September 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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