Caraway Feels McDonald May Be Next Opponent
Bantamweight fighter Brian Caraway has been steadily rising through the division, with his last victory against Erik Perez bringing his UFC record to 4-1. When speaking with MMA Junkie Radio, Caraway mentioned that there have been talks about his next top-tier opponent.
“There’s been talks of possibly Michael McDonald or Raphael Assuncao, a guy that’s top five in the world,” Caraway told MMAjunkie Radio.
When asked about his jump to a top five fighter, he thinks that the decision is only natural at this stage.
“I think I earned that,” he said. “I think I beat Mizugaki. With four finishes, I think I’m one fight away from fighting for the title. I believe the UFC feels that way, as well.
“Talking about a fight with McDonald, I know he’s been out with injuries; I’ve got to get checked out, but I really love that fight. Michael McDonald is a tough kid. I want to fight him not because I don’t think he’s good, but because I think he is good. He fought for a world title; he fought (Renan) Barao, and he’s ranked top five in the world. That’s what I want. I want to fight a guy that is top five in the world – (Eddie) Wineland, Raphael, McDonald, (Urijah) Faber, any of those guys.”
Even with a stacked and exciting division with Faber, Barao, Dillashaw, Assuncao, and the recent news of Dominick Cruz’s return to the cage this fall, Caraway feels like he’s moments from glory.
“I think I’m right on the cusp, there. I’m taking one fight at a time. I’m just looking to whoever I fight next to finish him.”