Bantamweights set for July 21 bout
Maybe Mitch Gagnon scratching from his UFC debut two months ago was meant to be.
Gagnon, a Canadian, will get a second chance at his first UFC fight when he meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC officials announced the fight booking between the two bantamweights Monday afternoon.
UFC 149 is set for July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and will be the promotion’s first visit to Canada’s third largest city. The pay-per-view will be headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo, though his opponent is not yet set.
Gagnon (8-1) was scheduled to debut against Johnny Bedford at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis in January in Chicago. But visa issues kept him from being able to cross the border into the United States for the fight. Gagnon had been an injury replacement for Eddie Wineland on the card.
Gagnon has won six fights in a row, and all eight of his career victories have come by submission – with seven choke-outs. His last win came in October, a first-round guillotine win over David Harris for Ringside MMA.
Caraway (16-5, 1-0 UFC), a cast member on Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” won his official UFC debut in December with a rear naked choke win over castrate Dustin Neace at the TUF 14 Finale.
Caraway is in his second stint with Zuffa. He went 0-2 with the WEC in 2010 and was cut loose. Then he picked up a win outside the promotion and got another shot by winning his way into the TUF house.