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‘UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen’ Makes Last-Minute Change

Written by Tom Ngo
April 22nd, 2013

UFC Bryan Caraway

Johnny Bedford has been issued a new assignment with only five days remaining until the curtain is drawn on “UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.”

On Monday morning, the bantamweight announced via Twitter that an undisclosed injury has forced Erik Perez out of Saturday’s shootout and that Bryan Caraway (pictured) has agreed to serve as a last-second substitute.

Caraway is victorious in three of his past four scraps. However, “Kid Lightning” will be looking to bounce back from last month’s split decision defeat to Takeya Mizugaki.

Bedford, meanwhile, is riding a three-fight winning streak into the shootout. He was last seen knocking out Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini in December.

The 135-pound affair will air during the FX portion of the prelims.

Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey hosts Saturday’s gig.

Here is the show’s revised roster:

Preliminary Card:

(Facebook 6:35PM ET/3:35PM ET)

Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh

Nick Catone vs. James Head

Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie

(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros

Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff

Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante

Johnny Bedford vs. Bryan Caraway

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Phil Davis

Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo

Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher

Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones (UFC light heavyweight champion)

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