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UFC 143 Play-by-Play: Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa

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Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa

Round 1: Caceres throws a front kick to start the fight.  Careres lands a right hand.  Caceres lands a hard kick to Figueroa’s groin.  Figueroa immediately goes down in pain.  It sounded like a homerun hit on a baseball bat.  Referee Herb Dean advises Figueroa to take his time and recover.  He gets to his feet.  Dean gives Caceres a strong warning for low kicks.  The fight is resumed.  Caceres goes back to using kicks.  Figueroa moves forward and misses with a combination.  Caceres throws a high kick that’s blocked.  Figueroa lands a high kick that drops Caceres.  Figueroa dives on him to finish.  Caceres recovers.  Figueroa lets him up.  Just over two minutes remain in the round.  They’re tied up along the cage.  Caceres looks to be recovered.  He drags Figueroa to the ground and takes his back.  Figueroa escapes out the backdoor.  Caceres has his back standing.  He looks for the rear naked choke.  Figueroa defends.  Caceres applies a body triangle.  Caceres advances to the mount.  Figueroa scrambles.  Caceres takes his back, again.  He looks for a choke.  Caceres gets to the mount again.  Figueroa gives up his back. The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Caceres.

Round 2:  Figueroa comes out aggressive.  Caceres lands a combination that ends with a head kick.  Figueroa looks to counter.  Caceres misses with a spinning back kick.  Caceres lands a solid kick but gets hit with a right hand.  Caceres lands another kick to Figueroa’s groin.  He drops in pain.  Figueroa remains on the ground in the center of the Octagon.  He gets to his feet and slowly walks to a neutral corner.  Herb Dean asks if he can continue.  Figueroa says, “Is there going to be a third time?” Figueroa moves around, bouncing trying to recover.  Herb Dean takes two points away from Caceres and the fight is resumed.  Figueroa gets aggressive.  Caceres lands a high kick.  Caceres lands a flying knee and then flurries on Figueroa.  Caceres drags him to the ground and takes his back.  He works for a rear naked choke.  He applies a body triangle and continues to work for the rear naked choke.  Figueroa defends.  Caceres adjusts to an arm bar and transitions to a triangle choke.  Figueroa gets out of it and is in top position.  He stands above Caceres.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 9-8 for Figueroa after the two point deduction.

Round 3:  Figueroa lands a right hand.  Caceres moves away.  Figueroa is winging punches wildly.  Caceres lands an outside leg kick. Caceres attempts a spinning back kick to the body.  Figueroa lands an outside leg kick.  Caceres lands a superman punch.  Figueroa gets knocked down or slipped.  In any case, Caceres takes his back standing.  He puts on the body triangle.  He works for the choke.  Figueroa drops down and escapes but on briefly.  Caceres takes his back again.  Caceres looks for an arm bar but Figueroa obtains top position.  A minute is left on the clock.  Figueroa stands and throws bombs.  Caceres works for a triangle choke.  Figueroa drops down for a knee bar.  Caceres gets free and takes his back.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Caceres.

The judges scored the fight for Figueroa by split decision.  The scorecards read: 28-27, 27-28, 28-27.

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