29-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 13-11-0, 1NC
February 13, 2018 Alex Caceres News
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Caceres will square off against Atem Lobov as part of the UFC 223 card on April 7 in Brooklyn, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
Caceres enters the bout having lost three of his last four fights, losing his most recent in a split decision at the hands of Guan Wang. Owning a 13-11 record overall, he will square off versus an equally slumping Artem Lobov -- who has lost three straight matchups. The fight will take place at the 145-pound weight class and on a card headlined by Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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Fantasy AnalysisCaceres was in trouble early as he was rocked by Guan in Round 1. Toward the end of frame, Caceres was hit with a big left hand that knocked him down. He was able to survive until the bell, but was visibly shaken as he walked back to his corner. In Round 2, "Bruce Leeroy" was likely not recovered and got rocked on numerous occasions. However, he was more successful with his offense and was able to land significant strikes of his own. In Round 3, Caceres was dropped once again by "The Dongbei Tiger." After the knockdown, Caceres seemed to get the better of the exchanges for the remainder of the round. Even though he likely won the final frame, Caceres needed a finish as he was behind on the scorecards after the first two rounds.
Fantasy AnalysisCaceres will make his return to the cage after scoring a TKO over Rolando Dy in June. The win broke a small losing streak to get the 19-year-old back on track. "Bruce Leeroy" maintains a 13-10 career record (8-8 UFC).
Fantasy AnalysisYou never know what you will get from Caceres, but he was dominant on Saturday. This fight could have very easily ended in Round 1. Caceres pounded Dy so badly that the cageside physician was forced to check on him in the opening moments of Round 2. He was deemed fit to continue and lasted until the end of the frame, but the doctor ended the contest at that point. It was a surprising effort from a guy who generally offers little in terms of punching power. The win snapped a two fight losing streak for "Bruce LeeRoy". Caceres is still just 3-5 in his last eight fights dating back to July 2014.
Fantasy AnalysisFor a guy with a ton of physical ability, Caceres is maddeningly inconsistent. Bruce LeeRoy was competitive in Round 1 before Knight wiped him off the map in Round 2. Caceres has had some brilliant moments in the octagon, most notably his submission win over Sergio Pettis in early 2014, but he has now lost back-to-back fights and he is just 2-5 in his last seven overall. He's a far better fighter than his 12-10 (1NC) career record would indicate, but he has shown no ability to put together a string of consistent, strong efforts. It has gotten to the point where the odds are slim-to-none that Caceres will ever get things straightened out.
Fantasy AnalysisCaceres will look to bounce back from split-decision loss to Yair Rodriguez in UFC Fight Night in Salt Lake City in August. The 28-year-old had two impressive victories, including a unanimous decision victory over Cole Miller, before the loss to Rodriguez and will look to return to form in Denver.
Fantasy AnalysisCaceres should be proud of his effort, but he lost this fought and did so clearly. Caceres' stand up defense held up fairly well against the unorthodox Rodriguez, but the issue was that Bruce LeeRoy was nowhere near as active on the feet as his surging opponent. Other than Round 3, it's hard to find a round in which Caceres clearly won. He is 2-4 in his last six fights, which is obviously concerning, but he is always willing to fight tough opponent, and although he has had a hard time walking away victorious, Caceres has rarely been overwhelmed in a big spot. The 28-year-old has an engaging personality, and although his fights aren't going to impact the title picture, Caceres will continue to get noticeable assignments.
Fantasy AnalysisCaceres is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, but his UFC career has been marred by inconsistencies. He is 7-6 (1NC) in his 14 bouts with the company, and although he has had some impressive efforts along the way, his struggles against better competition have highly outweighed his wins over nobodies. There are times that Caceres looks like a legitimate top-ten featherweight, but there's nothing in his background that will lead you to believe that he will defeat Rodriguez in a big spot.
Fantasy AnalysisCaceres stepped in on short notice to face Cole Miller at UFC 199, and came up on top with a unanimous-decision victory. He'll now look to build on that momentum with a win over one of the top prospects in the class, a 23-year-old who is 4-0 with the UFC. Caceres is a tough play from a fantasy perspective, as he hasn't been on the giving end of a stoppage in his last five bouts, and doesn't possess a ton of knockout power. He does sport a takedown success rate of 80 percent, however, so he has that going in his favor if he's unable to land effective strikes while standing up.
Fantasy AnalysisTaking the fight on less than two weeks notice after B.J. Penn was forced to withdraw, Caceres put on one of his best performances in the octagon. It was certainly the best his striking game has ever looked and although Miller doesn't qualify as quality competition these days, it was an exceptional effort from Bruce LeeRoy. Although Caceres is just 27 years of age, Saturday was his 14th UFC fight. He is 7-6 (1NC) in those contests. No one has ever doubted Caceres' ability, but he has had significant trouble putting together a string quality performances. That may change after Saturday's terrific effort.
Fantasy AnalysisCaceres recently moved up from bantamweight to featherweight, and defeated Masio Fullen by unanimous decision to break a three-fight losing streak. The 27-year-old MMA Lab product will now take a fellow American fighter on less than two week's notice. It will be the prospect's 14th fight with the promotion, as he made his debut in 2011 against Mackens Semerzier.
Fantasy AnalysisFullen doesn't qualify as quality opposition, but Caceres looked far better in his return to the featherweight division. He seems to have far more energy at 145 pounds, which isn't a surprise for a guy who is 5'10''. A couple of years ago Caceres was viewed as one of the brighter prospects in all of MMA, but those days are pretty much over. There are still plenty of fighters in the featherweight division that Caceres can beat, but it's unlikely that he is ever going to sniff the top-10. Saturday's win snapped a three-fight losing streak for the MMA Lab product.
Fantasy Analysis"Bruce Lee Roy" is returning to featherweight after a string of losses to Urijah Faber, Masanori Kanehara, and Francisco Rivera. Caceres has shown a susceptible chin, and will likely look to take this fight to the ground.
Fantasy AnalysisHe has to try something. Caceres, who has fought at featherweight in the past, has been fighting in the 135-pound division since November 2011. He's lost three fights in a row. He could be released if he loses one more. There's no word when his next bout will be.
Fantasy AnalysisThe days of Caceres being a legitimate prospect in the bantamweight division are just about over. He has now lost three straight and currently sits with a brutal 10-8 record. He ate one huge right hand early in the fight and never recovered. It wouldn't be a shock if he was cut.