August 4, 1984
Yakima, Washington, United States
|Other names||Kid Lightning|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||68.0 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Bryan Andrew 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 May 26, 2014, he is #10 in official UFC bantamweight rankings.
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. 
Mixed martial arts career
Caraway decided to go professional after compiled a 6-1 amateur record in his homestate of Washington. 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
Caraway was expected to face Fredson Paixão on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47. However, an injury forced Caraway to withdraw and was replaced by Courtney Buck. 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.
Caraway defeated Marlin "Pit Bull" Weikel via rear naked choke on February 19, 2011 at CageSport MMA XIII.
The Ultimate Fighter
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. In the semi-finals, Caraway fought Diego Brandao, losing the fight via TKO (punches) in round one.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Caraway was expected to face Mike Easton on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured T.J. Dillashaw. However on November 21, Caraway pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Raphael Assunção.
Caraway faced Johnny Bedford on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159, replacing an injured Erik Perez. 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.
Caraway faced Érik Pérez on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42. After controlling the majority of the bout with his grappling, Caraway won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round. During round one, the referee missed Caraway's brief fish-hook of Pérez, a move deemed illegal by the unified rules of MMA. The fish-hook in question however had no pressure and was accidental. Caraway has since apologized for the maneuver. After this win Caraway has broke into the UFC bantamweight Top 10 rankings in the company.
Championships and awards
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||19 wins||6 losses|
|Win||19–6||Érik Pérez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov||June 7, 2014||2||1:52||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|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|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Henderson vs. Khabilov". UFC.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- "Caraway vs. Paixao at WEC 50 in August". MMAWeekly.com.com. 2010-06-15.
- "Bryan Caraway "Kid Lightning" (18-6-0) Official Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Profile". Mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
- "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson results". wec.tv. 2010-01-11.
- "Caraway vs. Paixao latest addition to WEC card". mmaweekly.com. 2010-01-28.
- "Courtney Buck Replaces Bryan Caraway on March 6 WEC card". MMAWeekly.com.com. 2010-02-10.
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- "Bryan Caraway Was Very Close to Not Fighting at TUF 14 Finale". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
- "Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon added to UFC 149 in Calgary". www.mmajunkie.com. March 26, 2012.
- "Bryan Caraway in for injured T.J. Dillashaw, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5". MMAjunkie.com. October 30, 2012.
- "Raphael Assuncao replaces Bryan Caraway, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5". mmajunkie. November 21, 2012.
- "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Caraway Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com. 13 December 2012.
- Staff (2013-04-22). "Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Staff (2013-05-15). "Bryan Caraway awarded Pat Healy's $65K 'Submission of the Night' bonus". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
- Dann Stupp (2013-12-31). "Bantamweights Bryan Caraway vs. Lucas Martins added to UFC 170 in Vegas". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
- Staff. "UFC Newcomer Aljamain Sterling Replaces Bryan Caraway, Faces Lucas Martins at UFC 170". MMAweekly.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
- Matt Erickson (2014-04-07). "Bryan Caraway vs. Erik Perez slated for UFC Fight Night 43 in Albuquerque". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
- Luke Thomas (June 8, 2014). "Bryan Caraway says he apologized for the fish hook of Erik Perez". mmafighting.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- Correspondent (2013-05-18). "UFC Star Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway: The Most Hated Couple in MMA?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
- Fight Life: MMA Documentary