The underdogs emerged victorious from UFC Fight Night 88’s bantamweight showcase, but the biggest upset of the night came early on, when Bryan Caraway gutted out an impressive victory over previously undefeated UFC contender Aljamain Sterling on the night’s preliminary card.
The win was Caraway’s fourth over his last five fights, and afterward Caraway was definitive when asked where he stood in the newly reshaped 135-pound division.
“I think this puts me in title contention,” Caraway said at Sunday’s post-fight press conference. “Aljamain Sterling, the only guys ranked above him are (Renan) Barao — Barao moved up to 145 — and (T.J.) Dillashaw and (Urijah) Faber. Faber is already fighting for the title. Dillashaw has already fought for the belt and he already has a match lined up with (Raphael) Assuncao.
“So I think I’m right there in the mix. (Cody) Garbrandt wasn’t even ranked before tonight. I’m not saying he’s not an amazing fighter, but he wasn’t even ranked, so I think for him to leapfrog from not even being ranked to above me would be ludicrous. I think I’m the highest ranked guy now that hasn’t fought for the belt.”
Like Caraway, Garbrandt looked exceptional on Sunday in Las Vegas, crushing Brazilian phenom Thomas Almeida with a first-round knockout in the night’s main event.
The performances of both Caraway and Garbrandt shook up a bantamweight division that appears to be very much in a state of flux, with young talent slowly overtaking old stalwarts, and Caraway’s win was made even sweeter considering the sizeable amount of trash talk Caraway has endured over the past year at the hands of Sterling.
“You can’t talk sh*t about me and my relationship and everything about me, then expect to come into a fistfight and expect to be all hunky-dory and expect to shake hands ….View full article
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