Alex Caceres Says He Has Matured Beyond His Old "Bruce Leeroy" Nickname
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.26.2014
His name is just an image...
In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), Alex Caceres explained how he's matured as a fighter and no longer needs the "Bruce Leeroy" nickname. He also talked about UFC 174, where he'll face Urijah Faber.
On his nickname: "I guess I've matured beyond the point where, it doesn't really matter. Nickname or not, I am who I am. My name is just an image."
On how the idea to fight Faber came to him: "Technically it was a guy on Twitter and he suggested the fight to me," Caceres said. "I believe the words more, through careful evaluation, I think the only fighter available to fight Urijah Faber at 135 is Bruce Leeroy because everybody else denied the fight or had a fight already or was injured. So, that being the case, he asked me if I would like to fight Urijah, just a random guy on Twitter said am I ready and I said oh my god, that would be an honor to do that."
On his opportunity: "I thought I had 2-3 more fights before I got someone like Urijah," Caceres said. "Two-three people in the top 10 before I get to Urijah, let alone Barao. This happened so soon, it was surreal. Its an incredible opportunity for me. A lot of people were speculating, ‘he's going to be happy just to be in there with Urijah.' Well don't get me wrong, I am happy I get to fight one of the best, but at the same time, I'm going to take it from him."
On his mindset: "When I get into the cage, it's not about winning and losing. It's about going in there and performing and making it a fight, and I know when I get in there and I leave the cage, I'll leave with more than when I came in, and I know nothing bad can happen to me. And at least, if something bad happens it's because I went in there to learn a lesson. I'm not afraid of losing, I'm going in there to fight. So with a whole heart, I'm not going to hesitate or be afraid of anything."