Alex Caceres (20-13) will be making a quick turnaround following victory in his latest bout last month at UFC Vegas 66, as he’s slated to face Nate Landwehr (16-4) at UFC on ESPN 43.
UFC on ESPN 43 is to go down on March 25, 2023, live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Alex Caceres has been around for some time at this point, debuting in the UFC back in 2010 following his stint on The Ultimate Fighter 12. He’d go 2-1 on the show, picking up both victories via submission, before losing his quarter-final bout to season finalist Michael Johnson.
Following back-to-back submission defeats in his freshman and sophomore efforts with the promotion, bringing his record from 5-2 to 5-4, Caceres would go 6-1 through his next seven contests, only losing a split decision to Edwin Figueroa.
What’s more, Caceres would’ve won that fight had he not repeatedly kicked Figueroa in the groin, something he was deducted two points for. Also, three of those wins came via split decision, and one was taken away from him due to him failing a post-fight drug test for marijuana.
Nonetheless, Caceres would finish this streak up by becoming the first man to ever defeat then 10-0 Sergio Pettis, submitting (rear naked choke) him in the final 30 seconds of the fight. Pettis, as most of us know, is the current Bellator bantamweight champion.
Three-straight losses would soon follow however, one of which coming to Urijah Faber, before he’d win his next two.
Caceres then went 2-4 over his next six, bringing his record to 14-12, before going on an impressive career resurgence that won him his next five-straight fights.
This streak would be halted by no. 12 ranked featherweight contender Sodiq Yusuff in March of last year, before he’d rebound with a KO (head kick) victory over Julian Erosa in his latest appearance, which was the first standing knockout victory of his career, and his first knockout win inside the octagon.
Erosa had gone 5-1 since returning to the UFC leading up to this fight.
Then we have Nate Landwehr, a former M-1 Challenge featherweight champion that came to the UFC in January of 2020. Though he’d go 1-2 through his first three octagon bouts, losing both defeats via knockout (both from knees), he’d defeat Darren Elkins in the lone win, and he’s since gone on a two-fight win streak.
Landwehr submitted Ludovit Klein in round three of his next outing, before overwhelming highly touted prospect David Onama to a majority decision victory. He ate a lot of heavy shots early on in that fight, but he stayed composed and just simply out-worked Onama, both fights of which he was the underdog going into.
Who comes out of this featherweight match up going down at UFC on ESPN 43 on top?
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