Bryan Caraway No Longer With UFC, Joins Battlefield FC

Bryan Caraway UFC
Bryan Caraway Credit: Dave Mandel/

Bryan Caraway is heading overseas for his next fight, and it’s not in the UFC.

Long-time UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway is no longer a UFC fighter. The Body Lock MMA’s John Hyon Ko was among the first to report that Caraway, a former top ten in the 135lb division, had signed on with South Korea’s Battlefield FC. If that name sounds familiar, it’s for good reason. Following their inaugural event in 2017, Battlefield FC came under heavy fire from numerous fighters who were not paid for the event. Those included Jessica-Rose Clark and Sarah Kaufman, the latter of which spoke to Cageside Press about the incident.

Luckily, the pair eventually got paid. Battlefield has not held a show since. Until now.

Hopefully, Caraway’s experience later this summer is a better one. Battlefield FC 2 is set to take place in Macau, China on July 27, and Caraway (21–9) has been paired up with Raja Shippen (18-11).

The former UFC fighter will enter the fight on a two-bout skid after losing fights to Pedro Munhoz and Cody Stamann. Prior to those losses, however, Caraway had wins over Aljamain Sterling and Eddie Wineland. That said, the biggest obstacle for Caraway has been fighting consistently, given those four bouts go all the way back to 2015.

Caraway made his UFC debut off a run on The Ultimate Fighter 14 in 2011, and later appeared as a coach on the show alongside then-partner Miesha Tate.

Shippen, meanwhile, will enter the fight on a four-fight winning streak. Also struggling to stay active, he has not competed since the original Battlefield FC event in 2017.