The Featured Bout on the Fight Pass Early Prelims on May 29 will be the high-stakes bantamweight grudge match between Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway.
Before the fight was even announced, the No.4 ranked “Funk Master” blasted Caraway on social media, referring to the No.8 ranked contender as “Mr Tate” and a “house husband” in reference to Caraway’s well-publicized long-term relationship with new UFC bantamweight champ Miesha Tate.
The undefeated Sterling said: “I’ve got to crush his dreams to get what I want – that nice shinny belt. He’s a good fighter, but he’s got the human anaconda wrapped around his neck on May 29.
“This is my coming out party. A lot of people know who he is, and a lot of people don’t like him. I’m going to do the fans a favor and retire this guy. I’m going to force him to take that last step to becoming a full-time house-husband. After I choke him out, he can just stay home, relax, binge-watch Netflix all day, and just worry about having Miesha’s food ready for her when she gets home. She’s the real fighter in the family and Bryan should leave the fighting to her.”
But Caraway has dismissed Sterling’s taunts as “irrelevant” and, having beaten a UFC title challenger in Eddie Wineland his last fight, is confident of using Sterling to springboard into the top 5.
Caraway shrugged off the taunts: “All that is weak. I feel sorry for him. I want to fight him because he’s ranked No.4, the rest of it is childish.”
The bantamweight contender fight will be LIVE only on UFC FIGHT PASS.
UFC 196 - THE BIGGEST UFC OF ALL TIME – NOW ON FIGHT PASS
UFC 196 – headlined by the wildly exciting brawl between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz – is now streaming on UFC FIGHT PASS.
With the now rematch set for the historic UFC 200 show in Las Vegas in July, there’s no better time to to re-examine the first fight.
How close was Conor to winning the fight in the first round? Was Diaz badly rocked, or did McGregor’s shots flatter the Irishman’s efforts? McGregor said he wasted too much energy going for the KO – on second viewing, can you see that happening? When did Diaz take over the fight? What, if anything, will be different at UFC 200?
The event UFC President Dana White confirmed as the biggest in the history can be relived here
SECOND INVICTA TITLE FIGHT ADDED TO MAY 7 FIGHT PASS CARD
A second championship match-up has been added to Invicta FC 17, which takes place May 7 at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California and streams live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.
Joining the previously announced headline bout between Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya "Triple Threat" Evinger, (17-5), and No.1 contender Colleen "Thoroughbred" Schneider, (10-6), is an explosive encounter pitting unbeaten strawweight champion Livia Renta Souza vs UFC veteran Angela "Overkill" Hill.
Brazil's Souza made the first defense of her belt in January at Invicta FC 15, when she stopped the previously undefeated DeAnna Bennett by first-round TKO.
Earning her spot on three straight Invicta FC cards, challenger Hill has been on a tear since debuting for the organization, knocking out veteran Alida Gray and former title challenger Stephanie Eggink en route to this championship opportunity.
Also taking place in the strawweight division, Japanese sensation Mizuki Inoue, (11-4), looks to make it four straight wins when she meets newcomer Aline Serio, (9-5), of Brazil.
Latoya "Black Mamba" Walker (5-0) tests her unblemished record in a featherweight scrap with Canadian Charmaine "No So Sweet" Tweet (8-5).
The six announced bouts for Invicta FC 17 thus far are:
Bantamweight Title: Tonya Evinger (17-5) vs. Colleen Schneider (10-6)
Strawweight Title: Livia Renata Souza (9-0) vs. Angela Hill (4-2)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (11-4) vs. Aline Serio (9-5)
Featherweight: Latoya Walker (5-0) vs. Charmaine Tweet (8-5)
Atomweight: Tessa Simpson (4-1) vs. Julia Jones (4-0)
Featherweight: Amanda Bell (3-3) vs. Megan Anderson (5-2)