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Counterpoint: Maybe Bryan Caraway IS a F…reaking Jackass

(Not only did he charge little Billy twenty bucks for the autograph, but he also spelled his name “G-o-f-u-c-k-y-o-u-r-s-e-l-f.” Image via Caraway’s Twitter account.)

Okay, let me get this sentence out of the way as quickly as possible: Even though he expressed his opinion in a profoundly stupid manner, perhaps Nate Diaz has a damn good point about Bryan Caraway being a less-than-admirable individual.

I’ll give you a few moments to let that sink in.

(What, were you expecting something different?)

I’m not here to fault Caraway for accepting Pat Healy’s UFC 159 Submission of the Night bonus after Healy failed his drug test – even though he was obnoxiously self-righteous about it – because if my boss offered me sixty thousand dollars I wouldn’t exactly turn it down. But allegations of hitting a woman and selling drugs? That dog won’t hunt, monsignor.

If you follow Caraway on Twitter, you’ve probably seen him tweet some rather unsavory stuff about Ronda Rousey. Well, those seemingly empty threats have recently taken a pretty dark turn. As Bloody Elbow reported yesterday, Cat Zingano now claims that during the weigh-ins for her TUF 17 Finale clash against Meisha Tate, Bryan Caraway deliberately elbowed her in the back of her head. In Zingano’s own words:

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, offered a detailed account:

There’s 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!’

If the move was truly intentional, that’s some bush-league bullshit at best. Yet if you’re wondering why Zingano’s camp waited until now to come forward about this incident, Ford offered this statement:

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.

Zingano’s wrestling coach, Leister Bowling, also described restraining Cat’s husband and training partner, Mauricio Zingano, after he found out about what happened:

I didn’t let Mauricio go back there. That’s his wife, you know. I told him I’d go back and check it out. I didn’t even give him the option. He was pissed. He took it as if some guy had just elbowed his wife in the head, like any man would. Whether it was an accident or not, I don’t know. I wasn’t there. A few people said he walked out of his way to bump her.

There are two sides to every story, but so far neither Caraway nor Tate have offered any comment on the situation.

Of course, if these claims aren’t bad enough, Bellator fighter Michelle Ould will have you know that Bryan Caraway’s “too cool for drugs” image isn’t exactly authentic. Okay, that’s technically misleading. After all, Caraway only claims to be against using drugs, not selling them, and Ould is accusing Caraway of the latter.

Shortly after Caraway accepted the bonus money, Ould had this to say on her Twitter page:

“Dude use to sell my ex roommate PED’s – but he hates weed – go figure.”

“Every1 either knows or has heard about it-it’s not a shocking secret or anything. Just shoulda kept that fake opinion quiet n takn the $” (Source)

“Has nothing 2 do w/attention. Just think it’s wrong Nate & Pat r dealin w consequences like men while this brats on his soapbox of denial” (Source)

Obviously, Caraway denies that he ever sold drugs and tweeted back at Ould that she just made everything up for the attention. Curiously enough, Caraway’s tweet at Ould appears to have been deleted, even though there was nothing particularly offensive about his rebuttal.

While both stories make Caraway sound despicable, keep in mind that we don’t have his version of what happened during the first accusation, and the second is essentially “Person on the Internet makes unfalsifiable claim.” That being said, have these incidents changed your perception of Caraway? And what kind of punishment – if any – do you think he should receive for elbowing Zingano?


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Cora_Corral- May 23, 2013 at 4:52 am
If you think Kyle`s story is impossible,, last pay-check mother in law basically got a cheque for $4029 working a fifteen hour week from their apartment and they're neighbor's step-sister`s neighbour was doing this for 7-months and made over $4029 in there spare time on there mac. the information from this website,
Fried Taco- May 20, 2013 at 8:54 am
Hmmmm, haven't heard his side. But it seems very apparent he did elbow Cat in the head, since several people saw it. And if it was an accident, normal people would have apologized immediately. Douche bags wouldn't, of course.
2Dogs- May 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm
nevermind this "he said,she said stuff" Nate was right in calling him a "fag".
We all know it wasnt meant to be a kick in the face of the lifestyle of gay was just a word. And frankly I am getting sick of PC homos.
This jerk off (fag) thinks pot makes you a superhuman? fok man, maybe at call of duty or raiding the fridge.
This guy also should be a cop, hes got the misguided right attitude. Elbowing a fighter male or female when their sat down minding their own business...plain wrong.
I hope this guy is on the end of some Bones elbows in the future.
BaghdadBob- May 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Sigh. Another punk-ass jabroni in MMA. What does Taint see in that guy?
Alan K- May 19, 2013 at 10:06 am
This has not changed my perception of Bryan Caraway. I still think he's a douchebag.
macreadysshack- May 19, 2013 at 9:36 am
I wonder if our issue with these guys has more to do with them getting caught being douche-nozzles than the actual fact of it. Dear narcissistic roid monkeys - keep you poop flinging and rage directed masturbation on the DL, k?
elisa- May 19, 2013 at 5:09 am
Hailey. I can see what your saying... Josephine`s rep0rt is amazing, on thursday I bought a gorgeous Dodge from bringing in $8210 this munth and just a little over ten thousand lass-month. it's definitly the nicest-work I've had. I actually started six months/ago and almost immediately made minimum $77... per hour. I follow instructions here,,
Left_Boob_Telligman- May 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm
Why are we always aghast when these guys act like scumbags? Can't we just assume that, like most entitled amped up athletes on steroids, these guys are horrible people? That way when one of them is genuinely cool and a good person we can be surprised and pleased.

Also, I don't understand this need for fighters to be god people in order to root for them. Jon Jones drives drunk and fucks around on his wife, but I don't pay to watch him be a good person, I pay to watch him beat people unconscious.

Sonnen uses PED's, scammed people out of money, lies through his teeth and is generally an asshole. So?

The Diaz brothers are disrespectful thugs. So?

If you put together a fight card with Paul Kelly, Lee Murray, War Machine, Jeramy Jackson, Mike Whitehead, Badr Hari, Joe Son, Brett Rogers, Lloyd Irvin, Charles Bennett, Rory Markham, Melvin Costa Ricco Rodriguez, Rob Emerson, Wes Correira, Hermes Franca, Jayson Miller, Junie Browning, Anthony Johnson, Kimo Leopoldo, and Quentin Jackson, I would absolutely be able to put my beliefs aside so that I could enjoy the fights and root for whomever. Honestly, that card would fucking rule.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm
Brian "bush league" Carawanker
masterbaitntackle- May 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm
That's what his ass gets for disrespecting the almighty ganja....shoulda took the bonus & kept his dicksuckers shut instead of going all Richard Nixon and shit......side note: WHYYYYYYYYYY do the hot chicks always end up with the douche nozzles of the world? (miesha tate & carraway)
Corysix6- May 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm
Caraway is a douche but since there is no evidence of any of this I will hold my opinion on his guilt. I would like to believe it was an accident and he is just trying to portray the villain like koscheck
The12ozCurls- May 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Somebody give Diego Brandao a call. He knows how to deal with Caraway.
JayJitsu310- May 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Who's Bryan Caraway?
algiersheadkick504- May 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm
Come on man that was dirty caraway...leave that stuff in the bedroom