The lineup for the UFC’s upcoming debut on network television has grown by one after the company announced Alex Caceres would move down from featherweight to face former WEC champ Cole Escovedo on the California card.
Caceres, who came to prominence on TUF 12 in large part due to his style and at-times polarizing personality, has been choked out in both of his fights since exiting the show meaning he will almost certainly be competing for a job come November 19. The drop to 135-pounds also marks the third division “Bruce Leeroy” has competed in under the UFC banner (with his previous appearances coming at lightweight and most recently featherweight).
Escovedo is in a similar position career-wise after falling in back-to-back bouts and losing four of his last five. Still, with sixteen finishes in seventeen wins including ten submissions he should prove to be a stiff challenge for the 23-year old Caceres. The “Apache Kid” has found past success against the likes of Michael McDonald, Yoshiro Maeda, and Bart Palaszewski.
UFC on FOX 1 is headlined by Cain Velasquez’s title-clash with top heavyweight challenger Junior dos Santos and also features match-ups including Pablo Garza vs. Dustin Poirier and Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida.
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MMATraining Take: Unless the UFC adds another significant scrap or greatly reduces ticket prices I don’t see how UFC on FOX will be successful other than in terms of promoting MMA on network television (to a half-empty arena no less). Velasquez/JDS and Henderson/Guida will be fantastic but seriously – a guy who is 5-4 overall against a guy who is 1-4 in his last five, both of whom are coming off consecutive defeats? That’s CLEARLY the type of fight that should make people in attendance feel like they’re getting their monies’ worth.