|Born||August 4, 1984|
Yakima, Washington, United States
|Other names||Kid Lightning|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||135.5 lb (61.5 kg; 9.68 st)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Boxing, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Bryan Caraway (born August 4, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Battlefield Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, Caraway has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, EliteXC, and the WEC. He was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and awards
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Caraway's father is a two-time Purple Heart recipient and a Vietnam veteran. Caraway is from Goldendale, Washington and attended North Idaho College for one year and then went to Central Washington University for three and half years, where he was on the wrestling team until the program was dropped in 2004, due to lack of talent on the team. One of Caraway's teammates, a cousin of UFC veteran Dennis Hallman, introduced Caraway to the MMA veteran, who was also an accomplished fighter. Caraway began fighting in the spring of 2004 and then moved to train in his hometown of Yakima, WA.
Mixed martial arts career
Caraway decided to go professional after compiling 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 Marriott to gain entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. Caraway defeated Marriott 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 castmate, 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 Takeya Mizugaki on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. He lost the fight via split decision. Caraway faced Johnny Bedford on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159, replacing an injured Érik Pérez. 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 was expected to face Jimmie Rivera on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103. However, Caraway pulled out of the bout on January 4 citing an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Marlon Vera. Eventually, Rivera withdrew from the fight as he felt going from a top-5 ranked fighter to an unranked one wouldn't make sense at that moment.
On May 25, 2019, news surfaced that Caraway had parted ways with the UFC and signed a contract with South Korean MMA promotion Battlefield Fighting Championship and is expected to make his promotional debut against Raja Shippen on July 27, 2019.
Championships and awards
Caraway previously dated former UFC fighter Miesha Tate. They had been together since attending Central Washington University. In 2014, Tate was credited with saving the life of Bryan's mother, Chris Caraway, when the latter suffered an asthma attack while scuba diving, stopped breathing and became completely unresponsive.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||21 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||21–9||Pedro Munhoz||TKO (body kick and punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale||November 30, 2018||1||2:39||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||21–8||Cody Stamann||Decision (split)||UFC 222||March 3, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–7||Aljamain Sterling||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt||May 29, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–7||Eddie Wineland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2||July 25, 2015||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||19–7||Raphael Assunção||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine||October 4, 2014||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|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: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller 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: Villasenor vs. Cyborg||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||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||11–2||Alvin Cacdac||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson||June 27, 2008||1||1:39||San Jose, California, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|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||TKO (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)||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 23, 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 (doctor stoppage)||Sport Fight 12: Breakout||September 16, 2005||2||0:31||Portland, Oregon, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||2–1||Diego Brandão||KO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||November 16, 2011 (airdate)||1||4:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semi-finals.|
|Win||2–0||Marcus Brimage||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||November 2, 2011 (airdate)||2||2:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Quarter-finals.|
|Win||1–0||Eric Marriott||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||September 21, 2011 (airdate)||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary bout.|
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