Bryan Caraway

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Bryan Caraway
Born Bryan Caraway
(1984-08-04) August 4, 1984 (age 29)
Yakima, Washington, United States
Other names Kid Lightning
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 68 in (170 cm)
Style Wrestling, KickBoxing
Fighting out of United States
Team Team Lightning
Rank 12th in the world
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 18
By knockout 1
By submission 16
By decision 1
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Bryan Caraway (born August 4, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, Caraway has fought in Strikeforce, EliteXC, WEC, and UFC. He was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. As of February 7, 2014, he is #15 in official UFC bantamweight rankings.[1]


Caraway is from Yakima, Washington and went to Central Washington University for three and half years, where he was on the wrestling team until the program was dropped in 2004. One of Caraway's wrestling teammates, a cousin of UFC veteran Dennis Hallman, introduced Caraway to the MMA veteran, who was also an accomplished wrestler. Caraway began fighting in the spring of 2004 and then moved to train in his hometown of Yakima. [2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Caraway decided to go professional after compiled a 6-1 amateur record in his homestate of Washington.[3] His opponent for his debut would be fellow future UFC fighter, Ian Loveland. Caraway lost when the cage side doctor halted the bout because of a deep laceration on the face of Caraway. Caraway built his record to 4-1 with four straight wins, finishing all four opponents, one of which was soon-to-be Ultimate Fighter and WEC fighter, Noah Thomas.

Caraway took on yet another future UFC fighter in John Gunderson, losing via submission in round two. Caraway bounced back after his second loss, and went on to win six straight fights, again, finishing all of his opponents. Riding a six fight win streak, and boosting a 10-2 record earned Caraway a contract with Strikeforce. His Strikeforce debut came at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson where he defeated Alvin Cacdac. Caraway then fought for EliteXC, being defeated by their future champion, Wilson Reis.

Caraway fought one more time for Strikeforce before signing with World Extreme Cagefighting in 2010.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Caraway was defeated via first round submission in his WEC debut against Mark Hominick on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46.[4]

Caraway was expected to face Fredson Paixão on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[5] However, an injury forced Caraway to withdraw and was replaced by Courtney Buck.[6] Caraway instead fought Paixao on the WEC 50 card, and was defeated via split decision. Caraway was released from his contract after the back-to-back losses.

Post WEC[edit]

Caraway defeated Marlin "Pit Bull" Weikel via rear naked choke on February 19, 2011 at CageSport MMA XIII.[2]

Caraway is featured in the mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life, set for release in the summer of 2011, the film is directed by indie filmmaker James Z. Feng and produced by RiLL Films.[7]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2011, Caraway had signed with the UFC to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. In the first episode, Caraway fought Eric Mariott to gain entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. Caraway defeated Mariott via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18).

Caraway was picked as the second featherweight on Team Mayhem and the fourth overall. In the first preliminary bout of the season, Caraway was selected to fight Marcus Brimage. Caraway controlled Brimage on the ground throughout the first round, and in the second round won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke) to move onto the semi-finals.[8] In the semi-finals, Caraway fought Diego Brandao, losing the fight via TKO (punches) in round one.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Caraway made his UFC debut on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale and fought against fellow Ultimate Fighter cast mate, Dustin Neace. Caraway won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round. A week before the fight Caraway was severely ill and almost had to pull out of the fight.[9]

Caraway made his Bantamweight debut against Mitch Gagnon on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[10] He won via rear naked choke submission in round 3.

Caraway was expected to face Mike Easton on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured T.J. Dillashaw.[11] However on November 21, Caraway pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Raphael Assunção.[12]

Caraway faced Takeya Mizugaki on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[13] He lost the fight via split decision.

Caraway faced Johnny Bedford on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159, replacing an injured Erik Perez.[14] He won the back-and-forth fight via submission in the third round. Caraway was awarded Submission of the Night honors after the original bonus winner, Pat Healy had the award rescinded after testing positive for marijuana.[15]

Caraway was expected to face Lucas Martins on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170.[16] However, Caraway pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Aljamain Sterling.[17]

Caraway is expected to face Erik Perez on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov.[18]

Championships and awards[edit]


Caraway is currently dating fellow UFC fighter Miesha Tate and attended Central Washington University.[19]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–6 Johnny Bedford Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 159 April 27, 2013 3 4:44 Newark, New Jersey, United States Submission of the Night
Loss 17–6 Takeya Mizugaki Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann March 3, 2013 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 17–5 Mitch Gagnon Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 149 July 21, 2012 3 1:39 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Bantamweight debut, Fight of the Night
Win 16–5 Dustin Neace Submission (rear naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale December 3, 2011 2 3:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–5 Marlin Weikel Submission (rear naked choke) CageSport 13 February 19, 2011 1 3:17 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss 14–5 Fredson Paixão Decision (split) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 14–4 Mark Hominick Submission (armbar) WEC 46 January 10, 2010 1 3:48 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 14–3 Eddie Pelczynski Submission (triangle choke) CageSport 7 October 3, 2009 1 3:55 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 13–3 Alex Zuniga Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers 2 June 19, 2009 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 12–3 Daniel Stenovich Submission (triangle choke) CageSport MMA November 29, 2008 1 1:47 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss 11–3 Wilson Reis Decision (unanimous) EliteXC: Unfinished Business July 26, 2008 3 5:00 Stockton, California, United States
Win 11–2 Alvin Cacdac Submission (rear naked choke) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson June 27, 2008 1 1:39 San Jose, California, United States
Win 10–2 Steve Sharp Submission (triangle choke) International Fighting Championship: Caged Combat April 26, 2008 2 2:35 Nampa, Idaho, United States
Win 9–2 Dave Lehr Cochran Submission (rear naked choke) Sport Fight 21: Seasons Beatings December 22, 2007 2 4:15 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 8–2 Eddy Belen Submission (punches) SF - Clash at the Casino 2 June 30, 2007 1 1:29 Pendleton, Oregon, United States
Win 7–2 Saul Mitchell Submission (armbar) MMAC - The Revolution May 12, 2007 1 3:04 Washington, D.C., United States
Win 6–2 Harris Norwood Submission (rear naked choke) LOTC - Lords of the Cage February 24, 2007 2 4:00 Anacortes, Washington, United States
Win 5–2 Andy Lukesh Submission (rear naked choke) Sport Fight 18: Turning Point January 6, 2007 2 4:30 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 4–2 John Gunderson Submission (armbar) Desert Brawl: Oregon vs. Texas September 9, 2006 2 4:10 Redmond, Oregon, United States
Win 4–1 Trevor Harris Submission (rear naked choke) Sport Fight 16: Clash at the Casino June 24, 2006 1 1:43 Pendleton, Oregon, United States
Win 3–1 Jason Chuckelnaskit Submission (rear naked choke) AX Fighting Championships: Impact May 27, 2006 2 n/a Town and Country, Washington, United States
Win 2–1 Noah Thomas Submission (rear naked choke) Professional Fighting Association: Pride & Fury 4 March 23, 2006 1 3:31 Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 1–1 Galen Bush TKO (punches) AX Fighting Championships: Assault at the Armory MArch 18, 2006 n/a n/a Everett, Washington, United States
Loss 0–1 Ian Loveland TKO (cut) Sport Fight 12: Breakout September 16, 2005 2 0:31 Portland, Oregon, United States


  1. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  2. ^ a b "Caraway vs. Paixao at WEC 50 in August". 2010-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Bryan Caraway "Kid Lightning" (18-6-0) Official Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Profile". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  4. ^ "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson results". 2010-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Caraway vs. Paixao latest addition to WEC card". 2010-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Courtney Buck Replaces Bryan Caraway on March 6 WEC card". 2010-02-10. 
  7. ^ Fight Life: MMA Documentary
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Bryan Caraway Was Very Close to Not Fighting at TUF 14 Finale". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  10. ^ "Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon added to UFC 149 in Calgary". March 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bryan Caraway in for injured T.J. Dillashaw, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5". October 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Raphael Assuncao replaces Bryan Caraway, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5". mmajunkie. November 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Caraway Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". 13 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-04-22). "Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  15. ^ Staff (2013-05-15). "Bryan Caraway awarded Pat Healy's $65K 'Submission of the Night' bonus". Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  16. ^ Dann Stupp (2013-12-31). "Bantamweights Bryan Caraway vs. Lucas Martins added to UFC 170 in Vegas". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  17. ^ Staff. "UFC Newcomer Aljamain Sterling Replaces Bryan Caraway, Faces Lucas Martins at UFC 170". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  18. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-07). "Bryan Caraway vs. Erik Perez slated for UFC Fight Night 43 in Albuquerque". Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  19. ^ Correspondent (2013-05-18). "UFC Star Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway: The Most Hated Couple in MMA?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 

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