Alex Caceres is comfortable handling his career the way he wants, even if that means going against what might be expected from a UFC veteran.
The 33-year-old featherweight recently appeared on Brendan Fitzgerald’s podcast Fitz Nation and spoke about his unique mindset. When the UFC commentator asked Caceres if he struggles to balance the expectations of peers and fans with how he chooses to do things, “Bruce Leeroy” was open and honest.
“Of course. I feel like with the way I live my life, the way that I talk, the way that I choose to be, it makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable. Like ‘Oh man, how can you be a fighter if you don’t watch fights?’ Like, I just don’t watch fights, I don’t wanna watch fights. And I don’t watch tape on people.
“And so I don’t study fights, I don’t make game plans and stuff like that. Honestly, I live my life day to day, and when they call me for the fight I train really hard like I do every day. I still train, then I just cut a little weight before the fight and then I fight. And that’s what I do, honestly. That makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable.”
While Caceres admitted that earlier in his career he was more conscious of what other people wanted, he has no such issues now. He’s been in the UFC for more than 10 years, and Caceres doesn’t see any reason to change the way he’s doing things.
“And you know, [fans] go ‘Oh, but you’ll never be champ.’ Maybe I won’t, maybe I will. Who knows? But I broke into the Top 15 that way. Maybe I might go further, maybe I won’t. But it’s the way that I fucking wanna do it. I don’t have to have an excuse for you…So, like finally trying to come to terms with that, that was a very difficult thing for me to do in my life and career. Just not giving a fuck about what people think.”
“Bruce Leeroy” entered the UFC in 2011 after appearing on Season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter. While his early career in the promotion was a bit up-and-down, Caceres hit his best stretch from 2019-2021 when he put together five-straight victories.
The 33-year-old’s winning streak was snapped when he lost a unanimous decision to Sodiq Yussef earlier this year.
Hes still fun as hell to watch.
Love this dude.
Such a likable guy. Dude is skilled, game as fuck, and will fight anyone. I respect his mindset.
He’s an idiot. If he watched some tape on his opponent they might not kick his ass so easy.
Everyone thought he was a joke on ultimate fighter and has made a really decent career. I think he’s already proved himself. His fights are always exciting.
, I like watching the guy fight though, he always puts on a good show
He’s so full of shit. I don’t believe for one second he doesn’t watch his opponents fight. Just an excuse for his losses.
I’VE HUNG OUT WITH HIM ONCE AFTER A TRAINING SESSION AT THE LAB, DUDE REALLY IS COOL AS CAN BE, THIS ISN’T AN ACT OR ONLINE PERSONA. HE’S A HUMBLE, TOUGH , NATURE LOVING BAD ASS. HE JUST MET ME THAT DAY AND CHATTED WITH ME LIKE WE HAD BEEN CHILDHOOD HOMIES. ALWAYS GOT LOVE AND RESPECT FOR FIGHTERS LIKE THAT.
An excuse for his losses? Like… all of them? That would be weird.
Imagine a guy with 20 losses excusing all of them with a single blanket statement.
Yeah… typing it out that way makes it sound even dumber than what you posted.
DUDE SERIOUSLY THAT IS A PRETTY COOL STORY, BRUCE LEEROY IS A COOL CAT EH? LIKE THE STORY THANKS!
YOU GUYS ARE FUNNY
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I’m not denying that, I enjoy his fights, I just think he’d have a more successful career if he did things differently.
Shiiiiiiiieeeeet he’s been in the UFC for years now, way longer than I figured he was gonna be, so maybe I’m full of shit and should just chut up
I like him as a fighter, but I don’t think his mama even believes that he’d be a champion.