Channeling the old phrase, the third time is bound to be the charm for either Alex Caceres (5-4) or Cole Escovedo (17-8). Both winless in two Octagon appearances, the pair have now been scheduled for a bantamweight bout on the undercard of UFC on Fox in November. UFC officials confirmed the announcement on Wednesday night.
Known by many as "Bruce Leroy," Caceres first entered the UFC after his run to the quarterfinals of "The Ultimate Fighter 12," where he competed as a lightweight. Following the conclusion of the show, the 23-year-old made his promotional debut at 145 pounds in March, submitting to Mackens Semerzier via rear-naked choke midway through the first round. He then fell in similar fashion to UFC newcomer Jimy Hettes at UFC on Versus 5, for the fourth loss of his last five appearances.
Across the cage, Escovedo faces similar circumstances after dropping four of his last five bouts, including his first two inside the Octagon against Renan Barao and Takeya Mizugaki. Nicknamed "The Apache Kid," the 30-year-old submission specialist trains at Pacific Martial Arts and has garnered a reputation for finishing fights, having harvested just one of his 17 wins via decision.
UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is headlined by a colossal heavyweight contest between UFC champion Cain Velasquez and number-one contender Junior dos Santos, slated for November 12th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.