Bryan Caraway (born August 4, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Battlefield Fighting Championship.[3] 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.

Bryan Caraway
Born (1984-08-04) August 4, 1984 (age 35)
Yakima, Washington, United States
Other namesKid Lightning
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight135.5 lb (61.5 kg; 9.68 st)
Reach68 in (173 cm)[2]
StyleWrestling, Boxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
TeamXtreme Couture
Years active2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission17
By decision3
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Caraway's father is a two-time Purple Heart recipient and a Vietnam veteran.[4] Caraway is from Goldendale, Washington and attended North Idaho College for one year[5] 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.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Caraway decided to go professional after compiling a 6-1 amateur record in his homestate of Washington.[7] 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.

Bryan Caraway is managed by Daniel A. Martinez of Di-Cypher & Associates.[8][9]

World Extreme CagefightingEdit

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

Caraway was expected to face Fredson Paixão on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[11] However, an injury forced Caraway to withdraw and was replaced by Courtney Buck.[12] 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.[6]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

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.[13] In the semi-finals, Caraway fought Diego Brandao, losing the fight via TKO (punches) in round one.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

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.[14]

Caraway made his Bantamweight debut against Mitch Gagnon on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[15] 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.[16] However, on November 21, Caraway pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Raphael Assunção.[17]

Caraway faced Takeya Mizugaki on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[18] He lost the fight via split decision. Caraway faced Johnny Bedford on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159, replacing an injured Érik Pérez.[19] 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.[20]

Caraway was expected to face Lucas Martins on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170.[21] However, Caraway pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Aljamain Sterling.[22]

Caraway faced Érik Pérez on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42.[23] After controlling the majority of the bout with his wrestling and grappling, Caraway won the fight via rear-naked choke in round 2.

Caraway faced Raphael Assunção on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine[24] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Caraway faced Eddie Wineland on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[26] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[27]

Caraway next faced Aljamain Sterling on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88.[28] He won the fight via split decision.[29]

Caraway was expected to face Jimmie Rivera on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[30] However, Caraway pulled out of the bout on January 4 citing an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Marlon Vera.[31] 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.[32][33]

Caraway was expected to face Luke Sanders on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123.[34] On November 20, Caraway pulled out of the fight with undisclosed reason.[35]

Caraway faced Cody Stamann on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[36] He lost the fight by split decision.[37]

Caraway faced Pedro Munhoz on November 30, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.[38] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round one.[39]

Post-UFC careerEdit

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.[3]

Championships and awardsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Caraway previously dated former UFC fighter Miesha Tate. They had been together since attending Central Washington University.[40] 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.[41]

Caraway is featured in the award-winning mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life. Released in 2013, the film is directed by indie filmmaker James Z. Feng and produced by RiLL Films.[42]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 21 wins 9 losses
By knockout 2 2
By submission 16 2
By decision 3 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.


See alsoEdit


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