One of the most recent fight announcements has many fans scratching their heads at what UFC match maker, Joe Silva, could be thinking. Top 5 Bantamweight, Former WEC Featherweight champion, and 3-time UFC Bantamweight title challenger, Urijah 'The California Kid' Faber has been signed to fight Alex Caceres at UFC 175 in Las Vegas. Already a massive card, toting some of the biggest names in the sport, the July 4th card will see one of the biggest lighter weight stars in Urijah Faber enter the cage.
The criticisms about the match making does come with Faber, or his star power on such a big card, rather, Alex Caceres and his relatively unknown name and record. Caceres has had one of the strangest UFC careers, spanning 3 weight classes and a reality show. Alex Caceres was first introduced to the MMA world when he competed on the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. A member of Team St. Pierre, Caceres called himself 'Bruce Leroy' and dressed like martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. Caceres made his UFC debut at Lightweight against Mackens Semerzier and was promptly submitted. He then dropped to Featherweight and was submitted by Jimy Hettes in the second round. His first UFC win came in his next fight, dropping another weight class and defeating Cole Escovedo at Bantamweight.
Sitting at 10-5 overall and 5-3 in the UFC, Caceres is ranked #12 in the Bantamweight division and will face #2 ranked Bantamweight Urijah Faber. Though Faber is coming off a loss to Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, it seems a bit strange that the fight with Caceres was even a possibility. Caceres hasn't fought any fighter ranked in the top 10 of the division while Faber has beaten 4 of the top 10. For two fighters to fight that are 10 spots away from each other on the rankings and have an even bigger experience gap, seems odd. There are plenty of fights to be made for either fighter that make more sense than this one, but, for Caceres, opportunity knocked and he certainly didn't let him pass it by. If Caceres can defeat Faber it might be one of the biggest upsets in UFC history and will put Caceres at the top of his division out of no where. For Faber, a win is the beginning of another title run, though, he will have to take the long road this time as a fourth title fight is something no other fighter has ever been rewarded.
Tags: 175, Alex Caceres, Bantamweight, Las Vegas, MMA, Renan Barão, UFC, Urijah Faber