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Bloody Elbow presents their UFC 155 fight card primer, previewing all the action at UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2. Here, we look at Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga.
In a Flyweight fight at UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2, Chris Cariso (14-3, 4-1 UFC) faces John Moraga (11-1, 1-0 UFC). This is the first fight on the free Facebook card. The UFC 155 PPV airs tonight, December 29, with the main card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
Every bout in the new Flyweight division has relevance and the winner of this bout could be only one or two more wins away from a title shot.
How do these two stack up?
Cariaso: 31 years old | 5' 3" tall | 64.5" reach
Moraga: 28 years old | 5' 6" tall | 67" reach
What have these two done recently?
Moraga: W Ulysses Gomez (KO) | W Maurice Senters (UD) | W Matthew Garcia (Sub)
How did these two get here?
Cariaso was 1-1 in the WEC's Bantamweight division when that organization was absorbed into the UFC. He went 3-1 in the UFC's Bantamweight division before dropping down to 125lbs and beating Josh Ferguson.
Moraga made his UFC debut in August against the well-regarded submission artist Ulysses Gomez and impressed with a brutal deconstruction of Gomez.
Why should you care?
Flyweight fights are by definition fast-paced affairs, frequently featuring feats of speed and coordination that are unheard of in the bigger divisions. Also the small size of the division means contenders are emerging overnight. Finally, Moraga's vicious win over Gomez sent a message to the division that here was a new fighter to watch a win over the formidable Cariaso will prove it was no fluke.