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.
June 20, 1988
Miami, Florida, United States
|Other names||Bruce Leeroy|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||73 1⁄2 in (187 cm)|
|Style||Jeet Kune Do, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. Caceres also never went the distance in any of his fights prior to joining the TUF cast. Caceres' nickname, "Bruce Leeroy" stems from the character in the film The Last Dragon.
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.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
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.
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.
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. Johnson defeated Caceres via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) after two rounds in episode 10.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Caceres was expected to face Leonard Garcia August 14, 2011 at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle. However, Garcia was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Jimy Hettes. 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. Caceres won via unanimous decision in a bout where he showed a vastly improved striking and ground game.
Caceres next faced Damacio Page on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. 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. However, Kang was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Motonobu Tezuka. Caceres defeated the UFC newcomer by split decision.
Caceres/Kang was rescheduled for March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. 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.
Caceres was expected to face Mitch Gagnon on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33. 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.
Caceres faced Sergio Pettis on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10. 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.
Caceres faced Yair Rodríguez in the main event on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92. He lost the fight by split decision. The fight was named Fight of the Night and both fighters were awarded a $50,000 bonus.
Caceres faced promotional newcomer Rolando Gabriel Dy on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia. 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.
Championships and achievementsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Yair Rodríguez and Martín Bravo
- Submission of the Night (Two time) vs. Damacio Page, Sergio Pettis
- Best significant strike accuracy in bantamweight history (50.9%)
- Fifth best strike differential in bantamweight history (1.63)
- Ninth most total strikes landed, in bantamweight history (605)
- Seventh most significant strikes landed in bantamweight history (463)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||15 wins||12 losses|
|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|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|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.|
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