Up-and-coming UFC fighter Cody Garbrandt has accused Brian Caraway of running scared following Garbrandt’s knock-out win over Thomas Almeida on Sunday.
Bantamweight veteran Caraway defeated the previously unbeaten Aljamain Sterling on a split decision earlier in the night last weekend on the same card.
Garbrandt, who is only four fights into his career, reportedly met with UFC officials on Tuesday and told them that he wants to face Caraway at UFC 203 in Cleveland in September.
“Hopefully on the UFC 203 card and hopefully Bryan Caraway will stop making so many excuses why he doesn’t want to get his ass beat by me,” Garbrandt said.
“I know he fears me, but I want him to respect me. It’s another thing after another thing. First it was I’m not highly ranked, and now that I’m ranked in the top 10 he wants to fight another guy. It’s like if you don’t want to fight me, should I jump ahead of you for the title shot and not fight you?” he added.
Caraway, meanwhile, wants a shot at the title after beating the previously fourth ranked Sterling, and says that a meeting with Garbrandt would be like a step down on his way to the belt.
Garbrandt views Caraway’s reasoning as an excuse, and promised to knock him out.
“I knock Bryan Caraway out 10 times out of 10 times,” Garbrandt said. “100 percent I knock him out. I knock him out whenever.”
Caraway’s reasoning aside, the potential mouth-watering clash could also be scuppered by injury, as Caraway faces a possible six months out with injury following his win against Sterling.
A list of medical suspensions from the Nevada Athletic Commission showed that Caraway was suffering left shoulder and lumbar pain and could be out of action until November 26 unless he obtains clearance from an orthopaedic doctor.
Kid Lightning must also serve a mandatory one-month suspension until June 29 with no contact in training until June 20.