With Bryan Caraway forced out of his Jan. 15 bout against Jimmie Rivera due to injury, Ecuador's Marlon "Chito" Vera has agreed to step in to face the No. 6-ranked "El Terror" at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
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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.
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