EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Steele vs. Phil Caracappa Set for Contender Series on August 20

Ricky Steele Dana White's Contender Series
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After injuries ended his Ultimate Fighter run last year, Ricky Steele will look for another route to the UFC by taking a fight on Dana White’s Contender Series in August against Phil Caracappa.

Three episodes in, 14 fights decided, and nine contracts awarded, the Contender Series is here. Still, there are more fights to make toward the end of the summer, and there are still a few announcements to be made. Sources have confirmed to Cageside Press that Ricky Steele will take on Phil Caracappa in a bantamweight clash on the August 20 edition of Dana White’s Contender Series.

Fighting out of Boise, Idaho, Ricky Steele holds an undefeated record of 5-0. “The Karate Kid” fought for RFA on AXS.TV getting his first televised appearance in 2015. The 31-year-old trains out of Combat Fitness with many notable fighters.

Steele’s last appearance came on the Ultimate Fighter Season 27 in February of last year. He beat Suman Mokhtarian but had to pull out of the competition after that, breaking his foot and suffering a concussion. That fight was at featherweight and he will now be making the move back to bantamweight.

Phil Caracappa, fighting out of New Jersey, has a record of 8-0 as a professional. Training out of Dante Rivera BJJ the 27-year-old has been fighting for nearly five years.

Caracappa’s entire pro career has essentially been with Ring of Combat, a huge local promotion in New Jersey that has sent many fighters to the UFC. He won the ROC title just last year and already has defended it three times. His most notable win came over former UFC fighter Louis Gaudinot.


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