LAS VEGAS - Urijah Faber defeated Alex Caceres by a tap out rear naked choke in the third round at UFC 175 in Las Vegas Saturday night.
Faber (31-7) dominated Caceres (10-6-1), snapping "Bruce Lee Roy's" five fight win streak by using a series of take downs and ground and pound before locking in the submission.
"I take these fights seriously, he (Caceres) has a bright future, I just had to stay relentless and get it where he is weakest," Faber said to UFC fight commentator Joe Rogan after the win. "With enough pressure guys will make a mistake, and that's what I had to do keep up the pressure. He is a young guy, he made a mistake and I took advantage of it."
The Faber-Caceres fight became a reality after a fan on twitter suggested the two meet in the octagon. The tweet inspired Caceres to immediately call UFC President Dana White.
"He begged to Urijah Faber," White told News10. "I'm funny like that. If you want something that bad I tend to give it you. But be careful what you wish for."
Faber clearly outclassed a very talented but inexperienced Caceres. The "California Kid's" strength gave him problems, and although he was able to connect on a few combinations in the second round, Caceres spent the much of the fight defending from his back.
New era for Team Alpha Male
The fight not only giave Faber his fifth victory in past six fights, but ushered in a new era for Team Alpha Male.
After a much publicized break up with Duane Ludwig, new head coach and UFC veteran Martin Kampmann was in Faber's corner the first time.
Ludwig remain a fixture at Faber's Ultimate Fitness in midtown Sacramento. He continues to coach UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, and was training Chad Mendes for his featherweight title fight before the champion Jose Aldo dropped out because of an undisclosed injury.