When Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres made the trip to Seattle for his fight against Mackens Semerzier, he had all the right confidence heading into the fight.
The former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor made the drop to 145lbs, which was a more natural weight class. He had been working with the Renzo Gracie academy to get him ready for the fight. He even had Taimak, the original Bruce Leroy from the film “The Last Dragon” in his corner.
But when he stepped into the cage with WEC veteran Mackens Semerzier it all went wrong and it happened fast. Before much action could take place, Caceres was stuck in a rear naked choke courtesy of Semerzier, and was forced to tap out.
It wasn’t the debut that Caceres had hoped for, but like any fighter who loses, they have to dust themselves off and get back on the proverbial horse.
Cacares’ manager, Malki Kawa of Authentic Sports Management, says he spoke very candidly with the young fighter following his fight in Seattle, and believes that he will return better, stronger and more prepared the next time he steps foot in the Octagon.
“I spoke to Alex, I had a real good conversation with him the Monday after the fight. Basically, was just real honest with him, I said ‘you were on top of the world and I think you were just happy to be there,” Kawa told MMAWeekly Radio.
“He’s just more upset with the overall performance than the fact that he lost.”
Dropping down to featherweight however was a very smart move for Caceres according to his manager, and when the fight was over he had the support from the right people around him to let him know that a loss is just a loss, and you can bounce back.
“At 145 I think he can compete,” said Kawa. “I think he has a lot of tools, I think he still has to learn how to put it all together. He’s got a lot of support from the UFC, a lot of support from other fighters, a lot of people do like him.”
The best news Caceres received on the night he tasted defeat in the UFC was president Dana White assuring the young fighter that he would get another shot in the Octagon. For any fighter coming off a loss, hearing that news may be the best consolation prize in the business.
“Dana White told him he’ll have another shot in the UFC, and that was awesome news,” said Kawa. “I think he knows he’s got to make the best of his next fight.”
Caceres will make some decisions regarding his next training camp relatively soon as he prepares for another chance to prove himself in the UFC’s featherweight division.