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Before the main broadcast of UFC On Fuel TV 6 kicked off, 6 other fighters had already competed in the Octagon. Check out how TUF 12 vet Ales Caceres did in his 6th UFC fight.
UFC On Fuel 6: Franklin vs. Le kicked off nice and early at for the North American audience. The prelims actually started a little later than expected after Hyun Gyu Lim was declared medically unfit to compete in his UFC debut against David Mitchell. Lim wasn't the only one forced from the card. 10 days before the event, Alex Caceres' original opponent Kyung Ho Kang suffered an injury and was replaced by Motonobu Tezuka.
Alex Caceres (8-5) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (19-5-4) - Bantamweight action closed out the Facebook show in a rather lackluster bout. Throughout the fight, Bruce Leroy frustrated Tezuka with his reach and takedown defense. Referee Mark Goddard deserves a special mention for an absolutely terrible stand up in the first round while Tezuka had side control. Aside from that and Caceres' double punch, the fight was generally unremarkable. Caceres took the split decision.
Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-6-6) vs. John Lineker (20-6) - The Flyweights may have gone to decision here, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Throughout the 15 minute affair John Lineker did his best to punish Urushitani with heavy shots to the head and body. It wasn't all one-sided though. The Japanese fighter found some success early trying to move in and out of range. But as the fight wore on Lineker's power overwhelmed Urushitani and even dropped him early in the third.
Riki Fukuda (19-6) vs. Tom DeBlass (7-2) - These two opened up the show on Facebook and set the tone for most of the event. For three rounds the Middleweights went back and forth before being the first of 7 consecutive fights to go to decision. In the end, it was Riki Fukuda's superior clinch work and solid boxing that earned him the unanimous decision over Tom DeBlass.