UFC 143 Results Recap: Alex Caceres Vs. Edwin Figueroa

Alex Caceres walks to his corner at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas. Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.

In a wild Bantamweight fight at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit, Edwin Figueroa defeated Alex Caceres via split decision. The scorecards were 28-27, 27-28, 28-27, with Cacaeres having been deducted two points for low blows. Caceres now drops to 6-5 overall, 1-3 in the UFC, while Figueroa brings his recird up to an impressive 9-1, 2-1 in the UFC.

This was a very strange fight, which was largely defined by two unintentional low blows Caceres connected on Figueroa. Early in the first round, Caceres caught him low on an inside leg kick. As Figueroa writhed on the ground, it looked like the fight would be stopped, but he regained his feet, and came back to nearly end the fight himself with a brutal headkick. Round 2 saw Caceres again land a low blow, resulting in referee Herb Dean deducting 2 points from Caceres - a move that is unprecedented in the UFC. Figueroa never fully recovered from the low blows, but gutted through the fight.

What was the high spot of this fight?

That headkick from Figueroa in round 1 was fantastic, and I am shocked it didn't end the fight.

Where do these guys go from here?

This fight was so strange that it's hard to really evaluate much about either man. Figueroa is now on a 2 fight win streak in the UFC, but his ground game had definite issues here. But again, how much of that was due to the low blows?

At just 1-3 Caceres could easily be on the chopping block, but he is a recognizable face in the division, and with the weirdness of this fight, there's reason to keep him around for one more shot.

Watch it now, later or never?

Later. There was a lot of fun stuff here, particularly in round 1, you just have to fast forward through about 10 minutes of groin shot downtime.

More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit in the full entry.

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