Alex Caceres
Bruce Leeroy

USA

Headed for Aug. 29 bout
FeatherweightUFC
July 17, 2020
Caceres will square off against Giga Chikadze at the Aug. 29 event in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Caceres isn't one to not get his money's worth of action when he steps into the octagon, going the full three rounds in all but one of his last five bouts. He's coming off of an impressive showing against 20-year-old prospect Chase Hooper via unanimous decision, marking his second straight victory. The veteran gets another prospect this time around in Chikadze, who has earned victories in each of his first three fights. Chikadze holds a two-inch height and one-inch reach advantage over Caceres.
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Stops Hooper hype train
FeatherweightUFC
June 6, 2020
Caceres defeated Chase Hooper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was the simple case of a battle-tested veteran taking advantage of a 20-year-old kid who wasn't ready for the spotlight. "Bruce LeeRoy" set the tone of the bout on the feet in the early going. He dropped Hooper with a perfectly placed shot and controlled the striking exchanges between the two throughout the course of the fight. Hooper is long and lean and excellent on the mat, but Caceres never allowed him to get in any sort of rhythm. It was a stellar effort from a man who entered as a +180 underdog. We've seen strong performances like this one from Caceres in the past, but he's never been able to run off the type of extended winning streak that would place him in title contention. We'll see if this is the start of something.
Returning at UFC 250
FeatherweightUFC
May 22, 2020
Caceres (15-12, 10-12 UFC) will reenter the cage at UFC 250 to take on Chase Hooper (9-0-1, 1-0 UFC) in a featherweight matchup, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Caceres opted to take a little time off after notching a win over Steven Peterson last July but declared himself ready to fight again in late-February. The veteran prepares to face a relative newcomer in Hooper, who has just one UFC fight -- a first-round TKO of Daniel Teymur -- to his name. Caceres will cede three inches of height and one inch of reach to Hooper, so he may look to work in some takedowns, as he did the last time he faced an opponent (Cole Miller) with a longer reach.
Ready to return
FeatherweightUFC
February 25, 2020
Caceres is ready to return to the Octagon after taking some time off, Danny Segura of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Caceres has not fought since defeating Steven Peterson last July. He broke his hand in the first round, but ultimately fought through it and won via unanimous decision. As a result, he took some extra time off from competition in order to get a mental break as well. The veteran has yet to land a new opponent, but thinks the time off was, "highly beneficial not only for (his) physical career, but also (his) mental, spiritual health, well-being and state of mind."
Picks up win one-handed
FeatherweightUFC
July 20, 2019
Caceres defeated Steven Peterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Caceres had success early in the first by landing leg kicks from the outside, and was able to open up a cut on the hairline of Peterson (which was later explained as an inadvertent headbutt). The momentum shifted once Peterson was able to secure a takedown and quickly take his back, however. The rear-naked choke was locked in tight, but Caceres was able to fight hands and survive until the bell. Entering the second round, the telecast noted that the corner of Caceres believed he broke his left hand, but it didn't stop him from throwing it, particularly to the body. Caceres ended the round with a striking advantage, and may have stole the frame, especially when mixed with the visual of Peterson's bloody face due to the earlier cut. Caceres had a clear striking advantage in the third with Peterson unable to chase him down, and although he conceded a takedown late, he still did enough to win the favor of the judges. Caceres has now alternated wins and losses in his last six fights.
Booked in San Antonio
FeatherweightUFC
May 17, 2019
Caceres will take on Steven Peterson in a featherweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Caceres has alternated wins and losses in his last five bouts, most recently falling to Kron Gracie via first-round submission at UFC Phoenix in February. Peterson has had a similar pattern of luck of late, though Caceres is the more experienced fighter and will hold a three-inch reach advantage. Peterson holds the better wrestling numbers over a smaller sample size, recording a takedown in each of his first three UFC bouts, including four in a recent loss to Luis Pena.