In this new series, we will take a look at the newest additions to the UFC roster, the Bantamweights and Featherweights. The series is used to show the established fighters, ready to fight for the title, down to the new up and comers. For the next few weeks, I will try and post atleast two fighters a day. Leading up to the first title defense in the Featherweight division at UFC 129.
Featherweight UP AND COMER #21 – Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres
Alex Caceres first entered into our lives as a member of the lightweight cast on The Ultimate Fighter 12, as the brash and cocky Bruce Leroy. Entering the house with a 7 – 3 record, he won his first fight against Jeff Lentz and lost his next fight to eventual finalist, Micheal Johnson. The 22 year old, was then invited back at Ultimate Fight Night 24 where lost by a quick Rear Naked Choke in the first round to Mackens Semerzier.
Caceres gained in notoriety with his viral YouTube video, Bruce vs. Chocolate , where he fought in bare knuckle street fights, much like Kimbo Slice. He carried this popularity into the show, where Dana White said he was his favorite to win the season. After his elimination, and drop in weight many thought he could be the next big star of the Ultimate Fighter. At Ultimate Fight Night 24, the star fizzled as he was out matched by the superior Mackens Semerzier, who many thought was being to the Caceres, with his 3 fight losing streak.
With having faced no real competition, and being 1 – 2 before entering the house, it was no surprise that Caceres faced a stiff challenge in Semerzier. His submission defense and striking were lacking, and his smiling in the cage really showed his youth. After that showing its hard to see what he can offer the division, but with ten fights and many years ahead of him its hard to tell where he could go with the right camp and even better guidance.
UP AND COMERS
#21 – Alex Caceres