The bout between three-time title contender Urijah Faber and Alex Caceres has been verbally agreed to for UFC 175 later this year on July 5th.
ESPN.com confirmed the 135-pound contest with UFC officials on Wednesday. The fight will take place on the main card of the UFC 175 pay-per-view in Las Vegas.
UFC 175 will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champ Chris Weidman and former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. In the co-main event, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defends her title for the third time in a little more than six months when she meets Alexis Davis. And in a highly anticipated grudge match, opposing “TUF: Brazil 3″ coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva are set to do battle in a changed fight after being injured in a scuffle earlier this year.
Faber (30-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is currently ranked No. 2 and Caceres (10-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings.
Faber is coming off a loss to bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC 169 in February. Prior to that, though, he had four wins in 2013, making him a “Fight of the Year” candidate after his previous loss to Barao.
Caceres (10-5) – “Bruce Leeroy” – has won four of his past five, and had an additional win over Kyung Ho Kang in March 2013 changed to a no-contest when he tested positive for marijuana.
Faber and Caceres discussed on Twitter the possibility of facing each other on Tuesday, but it didn’t feel like a serious thing. Fighters call each other out on Twitter all the time. This time however -- it came to fruition as the two fighters have verbally agreed to the fight which adds two more stars to the prime time event later this summer.
Faber has long been considered one of the top fighters in the world over the last ten years. His only losses coming from title fights during his time as a MMA fighter. After losing his previous title fight -- the match up with Caceres puts him back on track to contend for another title, or to propel Caceres into the spotlight for his turn to move up the ladder.