Bryan Caraway Accused of Elbowing Cat Zingano in Head at TUF 17 Finale

Sean SmithAnalyst IMay 18, 2013

Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Bryan Caraway (blue shorts) competes against Johnny Bedford (black shorts) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Caraway has become the primary target of MMA vitriol since receiving the UFC 159 Submission of the Night bonus that had originally been reserved for Pat Healy. After testing positive for marijuana, Healy had the award stripped from him and his victory over Jim Miller overturned.

In an interview with, after learning he would be getting $65,000 in the mail, Caraway was not about to apologize for accepting the money and took a strong stance against the use of marijuana. Then, on Friday, Caraway had multiple character-damaging accusations hurled at him.

First, Bellator MMA veteran Michelle Ould called Caraway a performance-enhancing drug distributor.

Caraway responded quickly, denying Ould's claims, but it's unlikely this is the last we'll hear about this.

In another serious allegation, women's bantamweight title contender Cat Zingano told Bloody Elbow that Caraway elbowed her in the head at the TUF 17 finale weigh-ins. Zingano went on to knock out Caraway's girlfriend, former Strikeforce champion, Miesha Tate, the following evening.

(Caraway) smiled back in my face then elbowed me in the head at weigh-ins. I was pissed. I considered him in that same respect. I am a fighter all the same, but that was dirty and cheap to do to anyone, let alone a girl.

(Caraway and Tate) were both in on it, which makes it even more disturbing. If my husband or son ever pulled something like that, I would be their biggest problem. I won't be bullied nor condone it.

Caraway has not responded to Zingano's comments, but this is not his first confrontation with a female fighter. In March 2012, the UFC bantamweight called eventual women's 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey an unintelligent bimbo who needed to know her place.

With all of the bad publicity surrounding him right now, Caraway would probably be wise to take his unexpected bonus money and go on a long vacation far away from the reach of the MMA media.