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:
(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
(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)