UFC bantamweight Erik Perez has been forced to withdraw from his matchup against Johnny Bedford with a leg infection.
Bryan Caraway has agreed to step in on less than a weeks notice to fight Bedford on the card according to UFC officials.
Caraway (17-6) is coming of a split decision loss against Takeya Mizugaki at the UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in March. He had won back-to-back fights in the UFC prior to the loss.
Bedford (19-9-1) is coming off a KO win over Marcos Vinicius at the TUF 16 Finale in December. Bedford has won both of his UFC fights via TKO/KO since appearing on TUF 14.
The UFC 159 event will be headlined by the UFC light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Chael Sonnen.
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