Urijah Faber Set To Face Alex Caceres At UFC 175


Team Alpha Male leader Urijah Faber has been out of action since his failed UFC 169 title bid against Renan Barao, his second loss to “The Baron.”

The defeat snapped “The California Kid’s” impressive four-fight surge, but that’s not going to keep the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion down. News broke today that Faber will be getting back into the cage quite soon, facing Alex Caceres at UFC 175.

The UFC confirmed the bout this afternoon, and Ariel Helwani described the scenario to Chael Sonnen on this evening’s UFC Tonight:

“Guys, how about this one? Alex Caceres, A.K.A. “Bruce Leeroy,” he’s going to be fighting Urijah Faber at UFC 175 on July 5. Now, here’s the backstory on this one: remember, a few weeks ago I told you that Urijah Faber really wanted to fight on that July 5 card, UFC 175, the card that you are supposedly going to be fighting against Wanderlei Silva. Well, his manager Malki Kawa then called up the UFC and said, ‘we want to take this fight.”

Now, Caceres last fought in January. He had surgery to correct a deviated septum. He’s ready to go and they really think that, “Look, we could fight any of the top guys at 135, but they don’t have big names. Let’s fight the top guy of them all, one of the biggest names in the history of the sport, and see where we stack up. We love this fight.”

And Urijah Faber then told me that he liked the fight, and here we go; the UFC made it. So that’s a huge opportunity for Alex Caceres, and it’s going down July 5.”

The No. 13-ranked Caceres, who first made a name for himself on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), is unbeaten over his last five UFC bouts and has won five out of seven. However, it’s obvious that he’ll receive his toughest-ever test in Faber.

This fight is a bit of a strange booking, but it’s never a bad idea to put Faber on a blockbuster card. UFC 175 already features two title fights as Chris Weidman will put the middleweight belt on the line against Lyoto Machida and Ronda Rousey looks to extend her dominant run against Alexis Davis.

Faber vs. Caceres should be a nice lead-in to the pivotal fights. What are your thoughts about the unexpected bout?

  • Faber by whatever method of destruction he chooses.

    • Faber is gonna wipe the floor with this kid

      • I actually feel a little bad for the guy. Faber is faster, stronger, and more skilled in virtually every aspect. Caceres is slick on the ground, but it won't be nearly enough.

        • Why would you feel bad for him? This is a huge opportunity for him and could vault him to the top of the division. As a fighter you would think he is in this sport to fight the best guys and have a chance to fight for the belt? Of course thats his dream. Is it a tough task? Hell yes but this is MMA anyone can win at any moment.

  • That's one sick card ladies and gentlemen

  • This card is GREAT!!!…..

    and i'm extremely excited about this matchup! It's a HUGE step up in competition for Alex. He's getting the chance of his life! On paper you should bet the house on Urijah, but to count Alex out would be a mistake! That kid is SLICK and he finds ways to win!

    • Not this time. This is one fight I am virtually counting out bar Urijah injuring himself or something.

      • Rule number 1 in MMA? Never count anyone out EVER! One strike, one mistake can end a fight!

        • Thats why I left it slightly open for a weird scenario to occur.

          • Alex is with a great camp now and having Ben Henderson as his main training partner will surely come in handy, facing a tough fighter like Urijah that does not know QUIT. Whatever Urijah will put him through, he's pretty much going through every day with Ben, a bigger stronger guy than Urijah. I think Alex will be as ready as he can be for Urijah. If it will be enough is the question, but don't be surprised if there's a major upset at UFC 175.

            Either way, this is win/win for Caceres. If he wins, he's immediately in the title picture. If he loses but puts on a great competative performance, he'll gain a shit load of fans and it will proabably still shoot him up the rankings (even if it's not on paper, Silva will grant him some more big fights on the Main Cards).

          • I understand what your saying but Faber will win this weather he has a fight on his hands or not it is almost certain Alex will have no answer. Benson is Benson and is as good as they come but Alex cannot make up for his shortcomings in short enough time to face a guy like Faber and win.

          • Anything can happen but i would say 99 of a 100 fights goes Fabers way at this stage.

  • Faber 4 sure – Faber is just an amazing fighter, his WILL to come back and get that title is so strong & his loss to Barao was wrong stoppage – but he was so cool about it.