The fight announcements keep rolling in for UFC 170, and this latest one is for the men's bantamweight division. Submission specialist Bryan Caraway is set to battle young Brazilian striker Lucas Martins on the February 22nd pay-per-view event from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Caraway (18-6) was famously told to "just coast" by Miesha Tate after round 2 of his bout with Takeya Mizugaki in March, and he not only lost the 3rd round but he lost the fight by split decision. He bounced back well with a short notice fight against Johnny Bedford at UFC 159, submitting the fellow TUF 14 alum with a tight guillotine choke with just 16 seconds remaining in the 3rd. The win earned him a SOTN bonus to go along with his FOTN money collected in his bantamweight debut at UFC 149 against Mitch Gagnon.
Martins (14-1) is just 25 years old and all 15 of his professional bouts have come within the last 3 years. He joined the UFC as an injury replacement and was up against an immensely difficult opponent in Edson Barboza, who knocked him down and forced him to tap to strikes. Martins dropped two weight classes to bantamweight to take on Ramiro Hernandez Jr. in May, and he looked fantastic. He knocked Hernandez down and then took his back and sunk in a fight clinching rear-naked choke for his first UFC win.
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