The UFC is close to finalizing a fight between Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres and Leonard Garcia. Both MMA fighters have verbally agreed to the fight and the contract should be finalized shortly. The MMA fight is expected to take place at “UFC Live 5”, scheduled for August 18 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Caceres instantly became a fan favorite on the “Ultimate Fighter: GSP vs. Koscheck” reality TV show, coming out in a yellow Bruce Lee style body suit for his preliminary fight. Alex had no problems earning his spot on the show, defeating Paul Barrow with a rear naked choke. Caceres would have to fight again in the very next episode, coming back from behind and finishing Jeff Lentz with a triangle choke.
Caceres was set to face Nam Phan in the show’s finale but an injury forced him out. Instead, he was replaced by Leonard Garcia who ended up getting a very controversial decision over Phan. While Garcia has been one as one of the most exciting fighters in MMA, he is currently in a slump right now and has quite frankly lost his last three fights (even though his official record is 1-2).
Stylistically, the fight should be very entertaining since both MMA fighters like to stand up and trade. Even though Garcia is the more experienced MMA fighter, I won’t be shocked to see Caceres walk away with the decision since their striking abilities are about even and Alex has the speed advantage.
Regardless of who wins the fight, the fight will probably be an all out war. I doubt either fighter will try to take the fight to the ground since both will try to prove who the better striker is.
While Caceres’ 4-3 MMA record isn’t exactly impressive, the kid really does have some serious potential. Caceres is obviously marketable for one, and his skills in the Octagon will only improve. At 22 years old, as long as Caceres keeps training hard, the sky is the limit for his MMA career. After all, Caceres has already proven that he has the most important attribute an MMA fighter can have, heart.