Marlon Vera replaces injured Bryan Caraway against Jimmie Rivera
Just days ago it was announced that Bryan Caraway was forced out of his January 15 bout bantamweight fight against Jimmie Rivera due to injury.
Ecuador’s Marlon “Chito” Vera has agreed to step in to face the number six-ranked “El Terror” at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
UFC Fight Night 103 is headlined by the featherweight clash between UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn who is making his long-awaited return to the UFC and Mexican phenom Yair Rodriguez. FS1 will televise the special Sunday UFC Fight Night event.
Owner of a 19-fight winning streak, New Jersey’s Rivera is coming off the biggest victory of his career, a September win over Urijah Faber. But to put himself in the crowded 135-pound title picture, he will have to get by Vera, who is fresh from a November win over Ning Guangyou.
UFC Fight Night 103 fight card below:
MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn
Marcin Held vs. Joe Lauzon
Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders
Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Vera
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis
Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Viktor Pesta
Tony Martin vs. Alex White
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Nina Ansaroff vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Drakkar Klose vs. Devin Powell
Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman
Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
Cyril Asker vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov