Alex Caceres on Urijah Faber fight: If I'm any kind of fighter, I want to fight the best

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Caceres talks about how his UFC 175 fight against Urijah Faber came to be, and why he wanted to face the No. 1 ranked UFC bantamweight

When the UFC announced that Urijah Faber's next opponent was going to be Alex Caceres, it left a lot of fight fans doing a double take.

No ones eyes were deceiving them when they read that the No. 1 ranked UFC bantamweight Faber (30-7) was going to meet the No. 13 ranked Caceres (10-5-0-1) at UFC 175. And if the booking is unbelievable, how it came to be is equally implausible.

It all started with a fan tweeting at Caceres suggesting that he should face Faber after Caceres put together a 4-0-0-1record over his last five fights.

Once the idea was broached on social media, Caceres, appearing on The MMA Hour, said he then thought, "Oh my gosh, that would be an honor to do that." However, Caceres was unsure if the UFC would match him up against Faber. As Caceres said of the potential fight, "He's f---ing Urijah Faber, and I'm Bruce Leeroy."

Caceres then talked about the possible fight with those close to him, and the general consensus seemed to be that if the fantasy turned to reality it would be a great opportunity for the 25-year-old fighter. At that point, Caceres said he tagged UFC president Dana White in one of the tweets mentioning that he was interested in facing Faber.

A few days later, after a few phone calls where UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby asked Caceres if he was sure he wanted to fight Faber, the bout was booked. According to Caceres, Shelby was impressed with him wanting to fight Faber. According to Caceres, Shelby referenced the testicular fortitude it took for him to ask for that particular challenge.

Caceres doesn't see it that way, "It don't matter to me. Urijah needed a fight and I'm ready and willing."

Of course Caceres heard the words of the doubters that thought he was taking too big of a step up in competition by signing to fight Faber. To those doubters, Caceres said, "If I'm any kind of fighter, I want to fight the best. So, I'm taking the best opportunity that I can."

On July 5 we'll find out what Caceres does with the biggest opportunity of his MMA career.

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