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UFC 175: Urijah Faber Vs. Alex Caceres

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Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres

It’s main event time on the prelims, as former WEC champion Urijah Faber meets Alex Caceres.

Faber (30-7) was stopped in his quest to score the UFC bantamweight title when he lost to Renan Barao in February. Prior to that, Faber had won four straight since a 2012 defeat to Barao.

Caceres (10-5) is unbeaten in his last five, going 4-0 with one no-contest. He earned a submission victory over Sergio Pettis in February.

Round 1: Faber with no cornrows for the night, and immediately scores a takedown off a kick. Caceres right back to his feet and a nice little scramble. Caceres using his height to keep Faber from getting in close and staying on his feet. Caceres with a nice right hand, Faber goes for a takedown and Caceres avoids it by rolling across the cage. However, Faber gets back on his horse and scores a takedown, moving directly into guard. Right hands getting through from inside the guard as we head under two minutes. If nothing else, this is a great learning experience for Caceres.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Round 2: Faber connects with the right and scores with another takedown just seconds into the round. Caceres tries for a triangle off his back, but that is denied and Faber is inside the guard. Using his long legs, Caceres flips Faber off him and they are back standing. Combo lands from Caceres, as he fires off a lead uppercut and straight left. Faber takes the back, but Caceres realizes this and is able to get free. Spinning attack from Caceres and he’s opening up his offense. Faber with a takedown, but Caceres quickly gets back to his feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Round 3: A concerned look on the eyes of Faber’s teammates, Chad Mendes and Joseph Benavidez, who are Octagon-side. Faber with a takedown and goes to the back, scoring with a rear-naked choke just like that. It took a little longer than expected, but he gets the job done.

Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) 1:09 of Round 3