This has not been a good couple of days to Bryan Caraway’s public image. First he was ridiculed by Nate Diaz calling him a gay slur for campaigning to get Healy’s bonus money following his positive test for marijuana. Second he was accused of selling PED’s in the past, and now Cat Zingano and her camp are accusing Caraway, who is dating Zingano’s most recent opponent Miesha Tate, of intentionally elbowing her in the head before the fight. Here is what Cat had to say about the situation to Bloody Elbow.
“I genuinely like everyone until I have a reason to dislike them. I saw [Caraway] all week, I smiled and was respectful. I get Miesha and not being bff’s fight week, I’m not fighting her to make friends. But as far a corners go, good fights are the product of well coached athletes, with heart & talent.
Brian 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.
They 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.”
Zingano’s nutritionist, Josh Ford, was backstage with the women’s bantamweight contender and witnessed the incident. Here is what he had to say about what happened.
“I think it was a real bullshit move on his part. We’re backstage and all the fighters are there. We’re kinda tight on space because we were basically in the back where some magician does his shows.
Theres like two rows of chairs lined up and then a table where everyone is filling out their medicals. Cat and I are sitting in the front row and a couple guys from Gabriel Gonzaga’s camp are on the other side of us. We’re talking and I’m looking straight at Cat when I see this body coming down the row behind her. I didn’t notice it was Caraway but there’s plenty of room to walk by. As he gets closer to our chairs he flares his elbow out and pops Cat right in the back of the head. The first thing on my mind was, ‘that guy just elbowed her in the head!’ As I’m turning around to see who it was Cat says the same thing. I turn my head to look and it’s Caraway! And then one of the other fighters, might have been, Uriah Hall, sitting there says, ‘hey! I think that guy just elbowed you in the head!’
So it was kind of a big deal. Cat, being who she is, gets up and starts pacing back and forth. At first, my protective coaching instincts kick in and I wanna go over and say something to him but we’re backstage, it’s the UFC. I wasn’t gonna go try to make a big scene. I just thought it was crazy he would take a shot at her.
I don’t know what the deal was. [Caraway and Tate] were both being real weird in the back. They’re basically inseparable.”
Caraway denies the allegations of course. He responded on his Facebook page.
“This is a joke and a feeble attempt to jump on the band wagon and get a little publicity. It’s sad that someone would stoop so low. I know if someone elbowed Miesha I would say something about it right then not when conveniently there’s a ton of media involved. Total Lies and BS.”
Not sure what Cat has to gain by saying something like this if it isn’t true. And if it is true then it is a pretty slimy move by Caraway. Thanks to Bloody Elbow for the scope.