Everyone is injured. Add Bryan Caraway to the list of fighters having to withdraw from upcoming bouts, as an injury has forced him out of his bantamweight showdown with Mike Easton. With UFC on FOX 5 just 2 1/2 weeks away, Raphael Assuncao has stepped in at the last minute. MMA Junkie reports:
Brazilian grappling ace Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has replaced an injured Bryan Caraway (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now faces Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 5.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the change from sources close to the fighters.
Assuncao was a featherweight in the WEC but his 145 stint in the UFC was short-lived when Erik Koch knocked him out at UFC 128. Consecutive bantamweight wins against Issei Tamura and Johnny Eduardo have put him back on track.
This is the third different opponent for Easton just on this card. First it was T.J. Dillashaw, then Caraway, now Assuncao.
Assuncao vs. Easton is scheduled to air on the Facebook portion of the preliminary card.