Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean oversees this bantamweight fight. Caceres opens with a front kick to the chest. He backs Escovedo up with a high kick and then pushes him away with a left. Caceres the aggressor early, jabbing with his lead right and mixing in low kicks. Escovedo fighting off the cage, but he's having trouble with the timing early. Caceres looks very comfortable as he lands another low kick. Escovedo trying to punch from distance, but Caceres backs away easily. Overhand left for Caceres. He backs Escovedo to the cage but doesn't follow. Caceres leaps into a flying knee, and Escovedo finally gets a clinch and a trip. But Caceres rolls to top and backs away. Switch kick from Caceres brings the crowd alive. Left to the body for Caceres. Jab up top. Escovedo does land a counter right, but he's getting outworked. One minute left. More combinations from Caceres. Escovedo needs to look for a plan B. Low kick catches the cup, but Escovedo waves off the timeout and drops Caceres with a high kick. He answers with a flurry, and that was a fun finish. Still, MMAjunkie.com gives it to Caceres, 10-9.
Round 2 - Escovedo opens with kicks, but Caceres there to answer. Caceres rattles off three punches. Three kicks follow before a Superman punch. Caceres super confident, and he lands a crisp left. Caceres continues to flurry and move. Escovedo tries to mix in some kicks with his long legs, but Caceres is faster and stays out of range. Leaping side kick for Caceres, then a turning kick. It allows Escovedo to clinch and trip. Caceres on top, and his corner wants him to get away. He lands a few punches before obliging. More combinations from Caceres on the restart. Escovedo's left cheek swelling. Escovedo gets in tight and tries to jump the back, but Caceres pulls away. Escovedo looks frustrated as he moves forward. Caceres scampers away and looks to force Escovedo to come to him. Caceres with more right-hand jabs, and Escovedo winces. Caceres is cruising, as long as he can avoid the clinch. Escovedo shaking his head as the round ends, and he'll need a finish. MMAjunkie.com sees it for Caceres, 10-9.
Round 3 - Caceres with a flashy side kick to open and then back to the jab. Escovedo shoots in, and Caceres tries to grab a guillotine. Escovedo on top, and Caceres lets go and adjusts to the triangle. Nothing there, but he switches to an armbar. Good work from his back. Escovedo defending well, and he pulls free. Caceres tries to turn to an omo plata, but it's not there. Still, he's winning on the ground. However, he smartly backs away and goes back to work on the feet. Halfway into the round. Caceres in complete control of this fight. Inside leg kicks. Jabs. Escovedo just done, it seems. High kick from Caceres gets the crowd going. He stumbles briefly, and Escovedo tries to capitalize with a flying knee. Caceres avoids, but Escovedo ducks in got a takedown. Caceres spins, and Escovedo leaps the back. Could be a disaster. Escovedo high, and Caceres pushes him away. Tense moments for Caceres, but he sneaks away. Great work by "Bruce Leroy" at 135 pounds. MMAjunkie.com gives him the final round, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27. Alex Caceres def. Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).