Former featherweight contender Leonard Garcia will do his best to thwart “The Glow” in late summer when he faces Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres at UFC Live 5, as the UFC stated earlier today a bout between the two had been verbally agreed upon for the August 14 event. Both men fought at UFN 24 with each suffering a submission loss and could very well be on the cutting block given a lack of recent in-ring success meaning more than simply a win might be on the line when they cross paths in Milwaukee.
The 4-3 Caceres has only stepped into the Octagon a single time since making a name for himself on the Ultimate Fighter 12. However, his March defeat to Mackens Semerzier was actually the third in his last four fights with the trio of losses all coming on the ground. Comparably, all four of his wins have been the result of a finishing performance with an even split between strike-based and submission victories.
Whether the ever-exciting Garcia, who is known for fearlessness on his feet, will stand and bang it out with Caceres or takes the wiser route in utilizing his underrated ground skills remains to be seen. What is known is the Greg Jackson trained Texan is 3-4-1 in his last eight fights with all three wins involving a Split Decision and owes nine of his fifteen successful showings to tapping an opponent out. “Bad Boy” holds an overall record of 15-7-1 with past victories over Hiroyuki Takaya, Chan Sung Jung, and Jens Pulver.
UFC Live 5 is highlighted by match-ups featuring WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson taking on top contender Jim Miller, popular Brit Dan Hardy hoping to finally throw hands against an opponent with the always tough Chris Lytle potentially obliging, and ranked 135-pounders Eddie Wineland and Joseph Benavidez mixing it up.
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