Alex Cacares and Cole Escovedo stare each other down at the UFC on Fox weigh-ins on Friday afternoon. Photo by Esther Lin, MMAFighting.com
Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres doesn't have to worry about his job in the near future as he upset Cole Escovedo with a dominant stand-up performance, winning by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Caceres dominated the opening frame, aggressively out striking Escovedo from range for the entirety of the round. Escovedo only threatened briefly when he secured the clinch midway through the round, but Caceres escaped with ease while also landing a few blows as he regained his feet.
Caceres continued his onslaught in the second, mixing up kicks and punches from range to frustrate Escovedo. Escovedo attempted to get the fight to the ground a number of times during the round, but Caceres evaded easily.
Surprisingly, Escovedo had enough gas to get a takedown early in the third. Unfortunately, he was on the defensive despite gaining top control, evading a triangle choke and armbar attempt from Caceres. Caceres escaped back to his feet to continue his ranged striking game. Later in the round, Escovedo was once again able to get Caceres down again, moving to side control, then back control. Caceres shucked off Escovedo, surviving the danger and winning by unanimous decision.
Caceres is mostly known for his appearance on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter, playing the persona of Bruce Leeroy during his stint on the show and making it to the quarterfinals. Inside the Octagon, however, Caceres has been exposed by better competition, losing to both Mackens Semerzier and Jim Hettes by rear naked choke. Undoubtedly, tonight's match-up was a must-win.
Escovedo has also fallen on hard times since making his way into the UFC. He dropped an unanimous decision in his debut at UFC 130 in May to Renan Barao. His follow-up appearance at UFC 135 in September ended badly as well. Japanese fighter Takeya Mizugaki defeated Escovedo via TKO in the second round of action. Similar to Caceres, Escovedo was also on the chopping block tonight.