Analysis: Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie – What Will Go Down?

The legendary Gracie lineage makes it’s return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship this weekend, as clan member Kron Gracie makes his fifth professional walk against promotion Featherweight gate keeper Alex ‘Bruce Leeroy’ Caceres on the main card of UFC on ESPN 1.

Kron, the youngest son of the legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pioneer Rickson Gracie, arrives with big expectations following two submission victories in Japan over UFC alumni Tatsuya Kawajiri and fellow submission specialist Hideo Tokoro bringing a four fight undefeated record with him. The ADCC gold medalist faces a stern yet winnable first test in the Octagon by way of 26 fight veteran Alex Caceres.

Caceres, the Florida native holds a notable victory over recent Flyweight title charger Sergio Pettis but has become unstuck against the likes of Yair Rodríguez and Urijah Faber with ‘El Pantera’ spring-boarding into main event contention with his win over the 30 year old.

Holding the obvious striking advantage over Gracie, Caceres will have his work cut out if Kron lands the all important takedown or decides to pull guard, similarly to another submission grappler Dillion Danis who recently made his mixed-martial arts bow in Bellator, proving successful as he secured a first round toehold finish.

Saturday’s clash with Caceres will be Kron’s first walk in just over two years. Some expect a hesitant start from the Brazilian, but his Judo black belt and grappling expertise should be more than enough for him find a probable finish over ‘Bruce Leeroy’. The 30 year-old has submitted the likes of Gary Tonon, UFC Lightweight contender Beneil Dariush, Otávio Souza and ONE FC mainstay Shinya Aoki during his illustrious submission grappling.

Kron isn’t necessarily biased toward choke or joint finishes with countless variations in his search for the tap on display throughout his five year stint in submission grappling. Expect Kron to finish within the opening round.
Official pick: Kron Gracie via submission.

UFC 223 Down To Bare Bones After Losing Three Fights

After the day’s crazy events its been confirmed that no less than three of the fights from UFC 223 has been cancelled. It’s a sad day for the UFC and the fans of these fighters who had paid money to go and see them, only to have the opportunity snatched from them due to the events that took place in New York today. These are the fights that will not take place, and no replacements will be found due to the lack of time before the event this Saturday night.

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The fight between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres has been cancelled due to Lobov’s involvement in the attack at The Barclays Centre. Lobov was seen with the “Mcgregor Gang” which ran chaos inside the arena and attacked the bus which had many fighters on board.

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Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis is the second fight off the card. Chiesa was cut after the window was put through on the bus he was on. After being taken to the hospital, Chiesa declared he was still eager to fight this Saturday but the New York State Athletic Commision declared him unfit to fight. Chiesa took to social media to declare his interest to still fight “Showtime”, and I’m sure the UFC will oblige under the circumstances.

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Ray Borg vs Brandon Moreno is the final fight to be cancelled. Borg was also on board the bus that was attacked and also sustained a head injury. Despite not being cut, Borg was seemingly ok, but later was unable to close his eyes – it’s believed he has shards of glass in them. Borg was soon after pulled from the card leaving Moreno without an opponent. Neither fighter has spoken out on social media as of yet but I expect we will hear from them soon.

Everyone here at MMAMotion wishes all the fighters well and we hope that the fights that were meant to take place are rescheduled.

For more information on what happened, go to this article for video footage and tweets regarding the incident at The Barclays Centre

 

Ryan Cambridge