“Bruce Leeroy” is ready to enter 2021. Featherweight Alex Caceres will make his first trip to the octagon next year against Kevin Croom, at a Fight Night event on February 27.
Cageside Press confirmed the booking with a source close to the situation, following an initial report by MMA Junkie.
The fight will see Caceres (17-12, 1NC) looking to build on a three-fight win streak put together between July of 2019 and August of this year. Those three wins have seen Caceres defeat Steven “Ocho” Peterson, Chase Hooper, and most recently Austin Springer. That most recent win ended in a rear-naked choke submission, Caceres’ first stoppage since 2017. The streak is also his best since five consecutive wins from 2012 to 2014 (one of which wound up overturned to a no contest).
Croom (21-12, 1NC) had won three straight prior to his promotional debut against Roosevelt Roberts back in September. While that fight was originally recorded as a submission victory for Croom, the result was overturned due to a positive test for marijuana under the Nevada athletic commission.
The UFC’s February 27 event does not yet have a location or venue announced. The following fights have been reported for the card thus far:
Dominick Reyes vs. Jiří Procházka
William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield
Sabina Mazo vs. Alexis Davis
Raoni Barcelos vs. Raphael Assunçao
Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown
Emily Whitmire vs. Hannah Cifers
Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Nikita Krylov