UFC has added three new bouts to its Jan. 15 UFC Phoenix fight card at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
No. 4 bantamweight Jimmie Rivera (20-1) of Ramsey, N.J. will take on No. 6 Bryan Caraway (21-8) of as Vegas) in a bout that could likely set up the winner for a title fight in 2017. Rivera, 27, is riding a 19-fight winning streak that dates back to 2008. Caraway, 32, is seeking his fifth victory in his last six bouts.
Joining Caraway and Rivera on the main card will be a lightweight bout between veteran fan favorite Joe Lauzon (26-13) of Bridgewater, Mass., vs. 24-year-old Marcin Held (22-5) of Tychy, Poland0. Lauzon, 32, has won 15 performance bonuses during his UFC career.
Also on the card will be No. 4 flyweight Jussier Formiga (19-4) of Natal, Brazil, who hopes to earn his first shot at the title when he competes against 23-year-old Sergio Pettis (14-2) of Milwaukee. Pettis has won four of his last five fights.
UFC Fight Night: RODRIGUEZ vs. PENN will be headlined by a main event bout between featherweights Yair Rodriguez and UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn. The event will air live Sunday, Jan. 15 on FS1. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 2 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com and the Talking Stick Resort Arena box office.