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Alex Caceres

Alex Caceres
Born Alex Caceres
(1988-06-20) June 20, 1988 (age 26)
Other names Bruce Leeroy
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 73 in (190 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Miami, Florida, United States
Team Young Tigers Foundation
Years active 2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 9
By knockout 2
By submission 4
By decision 3
Losses 5
By submission 4
By decision 1
No contests 1
Other information
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Alex Caceres (born June 20, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division of the UFC. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Caceres mostly competed in his regional circuit, before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championships to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[1]

Mixed Martial Arts career

Background

Caceres comes from Miami, Florida where he trains at Young Tigers Foundation. Caceres claims to be "inventive and creative" during the fights, often smiling during competition.[1] Caceres also never went the distance in any of his fights prior to joining the TUF cast.[2] Caceres' nickname, "Bruce Leeroy" stems from the character in the film The Last Dragon.[3]

Early career

Caceres initially fought in an underground backyard street fighting organization in Miami. Caceres mostly appeared in promotions based in Florida. Amongst these was an appearance for the King of the Cage promotion at "King of the Cage: Hurricane" in February 2009. His opponent in that fight was Eric Kovarik, who was coming off multiple successive losses. In under two minutes, Caceres submitted his opponent with a rear naked choke.

Caceres then won his next fight against Joel Garcia in May 2009 via submission (triangle choke) early in the first round before going on a two-fight losing streak. These two losses were both by armbar, taking his record to 4-2 at that time.

In his final fight before joining The Ultimate Fighter, Caceres defeated Jahmal McLennan via TKO midway through the third round to snap his losing streak.[4]

The Ultimate Fighter

Caceres then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[1]

In the debut episode, Caceres faced Paul Barrow, who was 3-0 going into the show. Caceres, who smiled almost the entire fight, would go to defeat Barrow via submission (rear naked choke) in the first round.[5]

In the second episode, Caceres was picked as GSP's fourth pick (eighth overall). Caceres competed in his preliminary round fight during this episode against Jeff Lentz. Prior to the fight, Lentz's cardio was called into question due to his smoking and drinking. However, Lentz went on to arguably win the first round of the fight against Caceres. Midway through the second round, Caceres locked in a triangle choke, forcing the tapout and advancing him into the quarter-finals.[6]

In episode 8, Team GSP had to pick which team members would fight each other (considering they had 5 members in the quarter-finals). St. Pierre asked each member to pick the fighter they would prefer to fight. Both Caceres and Michael Johnson picked each other and they were scheduled to fight.[7] Johnson defeated Caceres via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) after two rounds in episode 10.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Caceres made his official debut in March 2011 against Mackens Semerzier at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis.[9] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Caceres was expected to face Leonard Garcia August 14, 2011 at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.[10] However, Garcia was forced out of the bout with an injury and replace by promotional newcomer Jimy Hettes.[11] Caceres was submitted with a rear naked choke at 3:12 of round 2.

Caceres then dropped to the bantamweight division and faced former WEC Bantamweight champion Cole Escovedo on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1.[12] Caceres won via unanimous decision in a bout where he showed a vastly improved striking and ground game.

Caceres faced Edwin Figueroa on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 [13] but lost the fight in a split decision. Caceres was docked two points by referee Herb Dean for 2 groin strikes.

Caceres next faced Damacio Page on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[14] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Caceres was expected to face promotional newcomer Kyung Ho Kang on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[15] However, Kang was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Motonobu Tezuka.[16] Caceres defeated the UFC newcomer by split decision.

Caceres/Kang was rescheduled for March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[17] Caceres won the back-and-forth fight via split decision. On March 20, 2013, it was announced that Caceres had failed his post fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana. Caceres was subsequently suspended for six months, retroactive to March 3, 2013 and his win over Kang was changed to a No Contest.[18]

Caceres next faced Roland Delorme on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[19] He displayed good striking skills and takedown defense, winning the fight via split decision.

Caceres is expected to face Mitch Gagnon on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[20]

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|9–5 (1) |Roland Delorme |Decision (split) |UFC 165 |02013-09-21September 21, 2013 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Toronto, Ontario, Canada | |- |style="background-color: #c5d2ea; text-align:center" |NC |align=center|8–5 (1) |Kyung Ho Kang |NC (overturned) |UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann |02013-03-03March 3, 2013 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Saitama, Japan |Originally a split decision win; Overturned after Caceres tested positive for marijuana. |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|8–5 |Motonobu Tezuka |Decision (split) |UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le |02012-11-10November 10, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Cotai Strip, Macau | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|7–5 |Damacio Page |Submission (triangle choke) |UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman |02012-07-11July 11, 2012 |align=center|2 |align=center|1:27 |San Jose, California, United States | Submission of the Night |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|6–5 |Edwin Figueroa |Decision (split) |UFC 143 |02012-02-04February 4, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States |Caceres was penalized two points for kicks to the groin. |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|6–4 |Cole Escovedo |Decision (unanimous) |UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos |02011-11-12November 12, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Anaheim, California, United States |Bantamweight Debut |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|5–4 |Jimy Hettes |Submission (rear-naked choke) |UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle |02011-08-14August 14, 2011 |align=center|2 |align=center|3:12 |Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|5–3 |Mackens Semerzier |Submission (rear-naked choke) |UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis |02011-03-26March 26, 2011 |align=center|1 |align=center|3:18 |Seattle, Washington, United States |Return to Featherweight |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|5–2 |Ketema Jahmal McLennan |TKO (punches) |G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 3 |02010-02-04February 4, 2010 |align=center|3 |align=center|2:48 |Miami, Florida, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|4–2 |Matt McCook |Submission (armbar) |WFC: Battle of the Bay 8 |02009-07-10July 10, 2009 |align=center|2 |align=center|3:56 |Tampa, Florida, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|4–1 |Farkhad Sharipov |Submission (armbar) |Best of the Best |02009-06-12June 12, 2009 |align=center|3 |align=center|3:01 |Columbus, Georgia, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|4–0 |Joel Garcia |Submission (triangle choke) |XFN: Da Matta vs. Thorne |02009-05-14May 14, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:05 |Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|3–0 |Eric Kovarik |Submission (rear-naked choke) |KOTC: Hurricane |02009-02-21February 21, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:58 |Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2–0 |Tulio Quintanilla |TKO (punches) |MFA: There Will Be Blood |02008-12-03December 3, 2008 |align=center|2 |align=center|4:14 |Miami, Florida, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1–0 |Eric Luke |Submission (armbar) |G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 1 |02008-11-06November 6, 2008 |align=center|2 |align=center|1:45 |Miami, Florida, United States | |}

References

External links

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