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Marlon Vera replaces Bryan Caraway, steps in to fight Jimmie Rivera at UFC Fight Night 103 on Jan. 15

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera can now sleep easy. Marlon Vera is expected to fill in for an injured Bryan Caraway and challenge Rivera at UFC Fight Night 103 on Jan. 15 from Phoenix, Arizona, per an announcement by UFC earlier this week.

This is terrific news for Rivera. The 27-year-old journeyman is looking to lock down his 20th-straight victory and pad his resume as he climbs the 135-pound ladder. After defeating Urijah Faber in 2016, Rivera was hoping to build on his success early this year. He’ll get his wish and stay on the main card of UFC Fight Night 103.

As for Vera, 24, this is a huge opportunity to leapfrog a whole bunch of names in front of him by challenging a streaking title threat like Rivera. Vera has only managed a 2-2 UFC record since joining the promotion back in 2014, but he’s a skilled grappler capable of giving Rivera a run for his money. Plus, the promotion loves fighters who jump in on short notice, so he’s going to get a pass if he throws up a stinker.

UFC Fight Night 103 will be headlined by the return of mixed martial arts (MMA) legend BJ Penn as he challenges up-and-coming striking sensation Yair Rodriguez in a crucial featherweight bout.

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