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UFC 165: Roland Delorme Vs. Alex Caceres

Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres

We head to the bantamweight division, as Ultimate Fighter alums Roland Delorme (9-1) and Alex Caceres (8-5) square off. No walkouts, as we are running behind already. The referee will be Todd Ronald Anderson. Delorme is unbeaten at 3-0 since his time on TUF, while Caceres is unbeaten in his last three, going 2-0 with one no-contest due to a failed drug test.

Round 1: Caceres throwing tons of spinning attacks, as he tends to do. The speed of Caceres is keeping Delorme off-balance and not allowing him to do much on offense. However, it just takes one, as Delrome connects with a left that drops Caceres. Mounted crucifix by Delrome, but Caceres spins and takes the back. Just as quickly, Delorme sweeps and gets the back of Caceres. Excellent grappling exchange and Delorme tries for a body triangle before settling for a little ground-and-pound. Delorme flattens him out, hammering down with rights and lefts. Still searching for a rear-naked choke, but Caceres is fighting it off with success so far. One hook gets locked in by Delorme, who now has the body triangle locked and is working to secure the choke by beating on his face. Awesome roll by Caceres and he gets free, connecting with a left to finish the round strong.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Delorme

Round 2: Caceres doing a nice job of avoiding the power strikes of Delorme and countering, though he takes an uppercut right to the chin. Body-left connects by Delorme, who appears to be the strong fighter. As soon as I type that, Caceres more-or-less pushes him over. Knees to the thigh-lower leg region by Caceres connect. Nice left lands by Caceres, who is opening up his offense a little more. Nice scramble on the ground leaves Delorme with a D’arce choke attempt, but Caceres throws up a huge knee that lands flush. Other than that first round left by Delorme, he hasn’t been very successful with his striking.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caceres

Round 3: Delorme connects and nearly drops Caceres to start, but is unable to follow up. Body shot by Delorme, who is firing with wild shots, compared to Caceres being more precise in his striking. Caceres’ game plan looks very similar to one Benson Henderson, a training partner, who implore. Right hand pops off by Caceres, who looks ready to go another three rounds with ease. Body-head combo lands by Caceres, who is picking Delorme apart. Delorme catches a kick, and scores with a takedown attempt off it. He’s unable to follow up, and Caceres stuff another takedown attempt and transitions to the back with 90 seconds left. Knee lands to the body and this could be all-Caceres from here on out. Uppercut, sweeping kick and a spinning back kick land by Caceres. A switch-kick attempt, though, allows Delorme to record a takedown. Caceres fighting him off from the ground, though, and we head to the scorecards. The last takedown didn’t count, as it was ruled a slip.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caceres

Alex Caceres def. Roland Delorme via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)