Alex Caceres (born June 20, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight 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.[3]

Alex Caceres
BornAlex Caceres
(1988-06-20) June 20, 1988 (age 31)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other namesBruce Leeroy
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Reach73 12 in (187 cm)[2]
StyleJeet Kune Do, BJJ
Fighting out ofMiami, Florida, United States
TeamMMA Lab
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission5
By decision7
By knockout1
By submission7
By decision4
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed Martial Arts careerEdit


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.[3] Caceres also never went the distance in any of his fights prior to joining the TUF cast.[4] Caceres' nickname, "Bruce Leeroy" stems from the character in the film The Last Dragon.[5]

Early careerEdit

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 consecutive 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.[6]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Caceres then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[3]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] Johnson defeated Caceres via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) after two rounds in episode 10.[10]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Caceres made his official debut in March 2011 against Mackens Semerzier at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis.[11] 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.[12] However, Garcia was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Jimy Hettes.[13] 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.[14] 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 [15] 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.[16] He won the fight via submission in the second round. The finish also earned him the Submission of the Night honors.

Caceres was expected to face promotional newcomer Kyung Ho Kang on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[17] However, Kang was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Motonobu Tezuka.[18] Caceres defeated the UFC newcomer by split decision.

Caceres/Kang was rescheduled for March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[19] 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.[20]

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

Caceres was expected to face Mitch Gagnon on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[22] However, the bout was scrapped during the week leading up to the event due to an alleged visa issue for Gagnon, restricting his entry to Australia.[23]

Caceres faced Sergio Pettis on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10.[24] He won the back-and-forth fight by rear-naked choke submission at 4:49 of the third round. The win also earned Caceres his first Fight of the Night and second Submission of the Night bonus awards.[25]

For his tenth fight with the promotion, Caceres faced Urijah Faber at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014.[26] He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round.[27]

Caceres faced promotional newcomer Masanori Kanehara on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[28] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Cacares faced Francisco Rivera on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[30] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round, marking the first time he has ever been knocked out in his career.[31]

Caceres faced Masio Fullen in a featherweight bout on January 30, 2016 at UFC on Fox 18. Caceres won the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Caceres next faced Cole Miller on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199.[33] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

Caceres faced Yair Rodríguez in the main event on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[35] He lost the fight by split decision.[36] The fight was named Fight of the Night and both fighters were awarded a $50,000 bonus.[37]

Caceres would next face Jason Knight on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23.[38] He lost by submission in the second round.[39]

Caceres faced promotional newcomer Rolando Gabriel Dy on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia.[40] Caceres came in strong in round one, knocking Dy off his feet. A brief timeout was called by the referee in round two to check Dy's eye and the fight continued. However, the referee halted the fight at the end of round two due to a doctor's recommendation regarding Dy's eye injury. Dy was noticeably upset by the decision of the referee and Caceres was awarded the win by TKO.[41]

The bout with Wang Guan was rescheduled and eventually took place on November 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Gastelum[42] Caceres lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[43]

Caceres was scheduled to face Artem Lobov on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223, but the fight was cancelled due to Lobov's involvement with the Team McGregor bus melee.[44]

Caceres faced Martín Bravo on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[45] He won the fight via split decision.[46] This win earned him the Fight of the Night award.[47]

Caceres faced promotional newcomer Kron Gracie on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1.[48] He lost the fight via submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[49]

Caceres faced Steven Peterson on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.[50] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[51]

Championships and achievementsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 15 wins 12 losses
By knockout 3 1
By submission 5 7
By decision 7 4
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–12 (1) Steven Peterson Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards July 20, 2019 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss 14–12 (1) Kron Gracie Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez February 17, 2019 1 2:06 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 14–11 (1) Martín Bravo Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale July 6, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–11 (1) Wang Guan Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum November 25, 2017 3 5:00 Shanghai, China
Win 13–10 (1) Rolando Dy TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 2 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 12–10 (1) Jason Knight Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 2 4:21 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 12–9 (1) Yair Rodríguez Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres August 6, 2016 5 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–8 (1) Cole Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 11–8 (1) Masio Fullen Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States Return to Featherweight.
Loss 10–8 (1) Francisco Rivera KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 1 0:21 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Loss 10–7 (1) Masanori Kanehara Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson September 20, 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 10–6 (1) Urijah Faber Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 3 1:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–5 (1) Sergio Pettis Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 3 4:39 Chicago, Illinois, United States Submission of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 9–5 (1) Roland Delorme Decision (split) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NC 8–5 (1) Kyung Ho Kang NC (overturned) UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann March 3, 2013 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Originally a split decision win for Caceres; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
Win 8–5 Motonobu Tezuka Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le November 10, 2012 3 5:00 Macau, SAR, China
Win 7–5 Damacio Page Submission (triangle choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman July 11, 2012 2 1:27 San Jose, California, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 6–5 Edwin Figueroa Decision (split) UFC 143 February 4, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Caceres was deducted two points for multiple kicks to the groin.
Win 6–4 Cole Escovedo Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos November 12, 2011 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Bantamweight debut.
Loss 5–4 Jimy Hettes Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 2 3:12 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 5–3 Mackens Semerzier Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 1 3:18 Seattle, Washington, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 5–2 Ketema Jahmal McLennan TKO (punches) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 3 February 4, 2010 3 2:48 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 4–2 Matt McCook Submission (armbar) WFC: Battle of the Bay 8 July 10, 2009 2 3:56 Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 4–1 Farkhad Sharipov Submission (armbar) Best of the Best June 12, 2009 3 3:01 Columbus, Georgia, United States
Win 4–0 Joel Garcia Submission (triangle choke) XFN: Da Matta vs. Thorne May 14, 2009 1 1:05 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Eric Kovarik Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Hurricane February 21, 2009 1 1:58 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Tulio Quintanilla TKO (punches) MFA: There Will Be Blood December 3, 2008 2 4:14 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Eric Luke Submission (armbar) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 1 November 6, 2008 2 1:45 Miami, Florida, United States


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Michael Johnson Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck November 17, 2010 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarter-finals.
Win 2–0 Jeff Lentz Submission (triangle choke) September 22, 2010 (airdate) 2 2:27 Preliminary bout.
Win 1–0 Paul Barrow Submission (rear-naked choke) September 15, 2010 (airdate) 1 3:55 TUF house entry bout.

See alsoEdit


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