Alex Caceres, or “Bruce Leeroy” as he’s affectionately known, has a lot on the line at UFC 175 despite not appearing on the main card.

Caceres will, of course, have the chance to add to his current winning streak, which stands at five in a row, but he will also have the opportunity to defeat a certifiable legend in Urijah Faber. Furthermore, Caceres could very well be fighting for the chance to challenge for UFC gold.

Yes, names like Roland Delorme and Damacio Page don’t exactly equal championship-level fighters, but you cannot deny that Caceres has been on a roll lately. He’s gone from fighting in backyards down in Miami, to be an annoying “character” on The Ultimate Fighter, to becoming a legit bantamweight contender. His latest win over the highly touted prospect Sergio Pettis is evidence that Caceres has progressed enough to hang with the upper half of the division.

If he adds a win over Faber, Caceres will have two quality victories to strengthen the quality of his winning streak. Faber is widely considered one of the best bantamweights in the world, and he was challenging for the UFC title as recently as five months ago. It goes without saying that Faber has never lost a non-title fight inside the Octagon. His only losses in the UFC have come to Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao, both of whom were UFC champions at the time they met Faber in the Octagon. And despite being 35 years old, Faber has shown little decline in skill. It’s very telling that despite coming off a loss, Faber is widely considered the favorite in his bout with Caceres.

Simply put, it would be a monumental upset if Caceres were able to pull off the victory.

Yet, despite Caceres arguably earning a title shot if he defeats Faber, don’t expect to see his name headlining a pay-per-view anytime soon. Barao is obviously next for T.J. Dillashaw in a rematch of their UFC 173 title fight, and Cruz still has to figure into future title implications despite being on the shelf for the past few years. Raphael Assuncao already owns a victory over the current champion, so the UFC could choose to revisit that match-up. If “Bruce Leeroy” picks up the win at UFC 175, then another high-profile match against another top-five competitor would be the best scenario for the rising bantamweight, as well as for fans. He’s currently ranked at No. 11 in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, but a win over the No. 2-ranked Faber should send “Bruce Leeory” rocketing up the ladder.

However, one win over a top-10 opponent isn’t enough to warrant a title shot with the division wide open. Dillashaw’s win over Barao opened the door for a whole new slew of challengers. Now, the men who either didn’t match up well with Barao or were already defeated have the chance to secure another title shot. Caceres can insert his name in that conversation, but that’s if, and only if, he pulls off the huge upset at UFC 175.

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.