Ask and you shall receive. So often that seems to be the UFC's mantra that it's surprising how many fighters seem to have the attitude that they wont ask for fights. Last month, Michael J. Bautista posited on Twitter, that the only top fight available to Urijah Faber right now was one "Bruce Leeroy" Alex Caceres. Caceres took up the cause alongside Bautista and a couple of weeks later, Faber responded:
Now it appears what was a brief flight of fancy has become an actual fight that will be happening on an upcoming UFC PPV. Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports that Caceres and Faber are verbally agreed to face off at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on July 5th. The UFC has confirmed this booking to ESPN.
Faber will return to the octagon for the first time, following his second loss to Renan Barao at UFC 169 in February. It was a fight that many felt was stopped too soon, and was the disappointing end note of a four fight winning streak over Ivan Menjivar, Scott Jorgensen, Iuri Alcantara, and Michael McDonald. Against Caceres, Faber will continue his crusade to maul every top fifteen fighter not currently holding a title belt.
Caceres, on the other hand, would debatably be on a seven fight win streak if his hatred of groins and love of wacky tobacky hadn't intervened. His wins haven't come against the highest level of competition, but at this point, he's proven that he's more than capable of consistently beating the rank and file at 135 lbs. Faber is a monstrous step up from the rank and file, but he's also the kind of opponent that can boost a fighter's standing in the division with even a spirited losing effort. Caceres very much has nothing to lose in this bout (excepting quite possibly his consciousness).
And that's really the crux of the matchup. It's a good, fun fight, that keeps Faber busy and gives Caceres a big boost of relevancy. Faber could potentially lose a bit of luster in a loss, but frankly, he's fought for the title so many times at this point that it's hard to see him either getting another shot, or losing his place as one of the "faces" of the division. Anything short of a long string of terrible performances and Urijah Faber stays one of the UFC's most valuable fighters.
UFC 175 takes place on July 5th in Las Vegas Nevada, here's a look at the current lineup:
Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Alex Cacers vs. Urijah Faber
Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos
Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Matt Mitrione vs. Stefan Struve
Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich