Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight veteran, Alex Caceres, had better start working on his ground defense for his Octagon return, scheduled for the UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Jan. 26, 2019 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
That’s because “Bruce Leeroy” will be tasked with welcoming Kron Gracie to the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, as promised. And in case you’re unfamiliar with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom, he holds submission wins over Gary Tonon and Shinya Aoki, just to name a few, and also claimed gold at Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).
And in case you’re thinking, “This isn't a grappling competition, it’s cage fighting,” then may I direct you to Gracie’s 4-0 MMA record with four finishes, including his dismantling of Tatsuya Kawajiri under the RIZIN banner in late 2016.
That’s not to suggest Caceres (14-11, 1 NC) is incapable of winning. The former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) standout has a striking style that is difficult to prepare for and we shouldn’t discount his eight years of Octagon experience, including last July’s win over Martin Bravo.
UFC 233 is expected to feature the flyweight title fight between reigning division kingpin, Henry Cejudo, and current bantamweight titleholder, TJ Dillashaw. Elsewhere on the card, Ben Askren makes his Octagon debut opposite ex-welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler.