Alex Caceres
Bruce Leeroy

USA

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.
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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.
Witnesses a higher level of grappling
FeatherweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Caceres lost to Kron Gracie via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
ANALYSIS
Caceres tried to keep his distance and strike on the outside. He looked like he might have some success. However, Gracie eventually closed the distance and took rear standing. From there, it was only a matter of time until he was able to drag the fight to the ground, lock in the rear-naked choke and finish the fight. Caceres had the experience edge, but he could not grapple with Gracie.
Adds fight at UFC 233
FeatherweightUFC
December 3, 2018
Caceres will face off against UFC newcomer Kron Gracie on Jan. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Caceres earned a split decision victory over Martin Bravo during his last time out at the TUF 27 Finale in Las Vegas in early July. The featherweight is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2016 when he bested Masio Fullen and Cole Miller, each by unanimous decision. This will be Gracie's first UFC fight after recently agreeing to a contract with the promotion. He's only competed in four MMA events in his career, though he's yet to be defeated.
Hangs on for split decision over Martin Bravo at the TUF 27 Finale
FeatherweightUFC
July 6, 2018
Caceres defeated Martin Bravo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) at the TUF 27 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Caceres and Bravo had themselves a battle here. "Bruce Leroy" built himself a lead after two rounds with his slick striking. He made Bravo miss regularly and scored with counters and wild lead hooks. In the third round, Bravo made a hard charge and landed plenty of flush shuts. He figured out the timing and forced Caceres back. However, it turned out to be too little too late. Caceres took the decision on two of the three scorecards.
Booked for TUF 27 Finale
FeatherweightUFC
May 9, 2018
Caceres will face Martin Bravo in a featherweight matchup at the TUF 27 Finale card on July 6 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Caceres has lost three of his last four fights, though two of which were of the split decision variety. The 29-year-old has been with the company since 2011, but has yet to put together a streak of wins meaningful enough to affect the rankings in either the bantamweight or featherweight division. He'll draw a relative newcomer in Bravo, a 24-year-old with just two UFC fights to his name. Caceres should be able to take care of business here, but could find himself shopping other promotions if he doesn't register an impactful performance.