Joe Silva has been a busy man this week as he continues to fill up the card for the UFC on Fox 1 show on November 12th in Anaheim, California. The promotion added two more preliminary bouts last night, featuring Damarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison in the welterweight division, and a bantamweight match-up between Alex Caceres and Cole Escovedo:
Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres is dropping to 135 pounds to take on Cole Escovedo at the UFC on Fox event in Anaheim. UFC president Dana White announced today that verbal agreements are in for the bout. "Both bantamweights had non-stop action fights in their last outings and are sure to do the same November 12."
In another rescheduled match from Battle on the Bayou, verbal agreements are in for a welterweight bout between TUF 13's Clay "Heavy Metal" Harvison and TUF 9's DaMarques "Darkness" Johnson. Johnson was injured in August, giving TUF 11's Seth Baczynski the opportunity to fight in his place against Harvison.
It looks like Caceres is following the Jason Reinhardt plan by continuing to drop lower in weight after getting out-classed and choked out in previous fights against Mackens Semerzier and Jim Hettes,, but this surely will be the end of the line for "Bruce Leroy" if he falls to Escovedo. The "Apache Kid" has far more experience than Caceres and has fought much tougher competition. He looked good early against Takeya Mizugaki last weekend at UFC on Versus 6, but wilted in the second round and succumbed to Mizugaki's nonstop onslaught of punches.
Clay Harvison is another fighter who will likely be looking at a pink slip if he falls to Damarques Johnson. Although he's certainly entertaining to watch, "Heavy Metal" isn't the most technical of fighters, and he got absolutely crushed by Seth Baczynski, who was filling in for Damarques on short notice in New Orleans. Damarques is coming off a long layoff since getting brutalized by the sharp muay thai of Amir Sadollah in March and then bowing out of the Battle on the Bayou fight with an injury, so we'll have to see if there's any ring rust affecting him