The preliminary card of tonight's (Sat., July 5, 2014) UFC 175: "Weidman vs. Machida" event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, closed with former WEC kingpin Urijah Faber battling Alex Caceres in a sort of main event for the "free" portion of the card.
Faber claimed he wanted this position because it would give him more exposure.
Well, he got it, and he made the most of it.
"The California Kid" put the pressure on early, working for a quick takedown. Caceres avoided it for almost two full minutes before Faber finally completed it. Color commentator was quick to compare his ground 'n' pound to Tito Ortiz in his prime, but it looked nothing like that here. In fact, the final three minutes of the opening round was just Urijah on top working occasional punches and elbows while "Bruce Leeroy" played defense.
The striking opened up in the second, with both fighters landing clean hard shots at various points. However, once again, it was Faber who had the advantage when they grappled, as he padded his stats with a couple more takedowns.
The amount of damage he did to Caceres was disproportionate to his offensive output but remember the judges are tasked with scoring not just striking but grappling, aggression, and Octagon control.
He was winning everywhere under those metrics.
Ultimately, it didn't matter. In the final frame, he found the opening he was looking for, taking Caceres' back, sinking in a rear-naked choke, and forcing a tap.
Just like that.
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