UFC on Fuel TV 6: Motonobu Tezuka Steps in to Fight Alex Caceres

McKinley NobleCorrespondent INovember 3, 2012

July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Alex Caceres celebrates after defeating Damacio Page (not pictured) in the bantamweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres has a last-minute replacement opponent for the UFC's China debut.

MMA Junkie reports that Japanese fighter Motonobu Tezuka will be replacing Caceres' original opponent, Kyung Ho Kang, in a bantamweight fight scheduled for the main card of UFC on Fuel TV 6. Tezkua steps into the bout on just one week's notice with a three-fight winning streak behind him.

Tezuka also carries a heavy experience advantage, boasting a 19-4-4 record over seven years, including fights in Pancrase and DEEP events.

With the update, the current main-card lineup for UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le once again features six fights that will take place at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, China on Nov.10th:

  • Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
  • Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva
  • Dong Hyum Kim vs. Paulo Thiago
  • Mac Danzig vs. Takanori Gomi
  • Alex Caceres vs. Motonobu Tezuka*
  • Jon Tuck vs. Tiequan Zhang

Tezuka is 11-1 in his last 12 fights, while Caceres has managed a 7-5 record in his entire professional MMA career.

However, most of Tezuka's wins came at the hands of lower-ranked Japanese fighters, while Caceres has gone from lightweight to featherweight to bantamweight in fights against UFC-level opponents such as Jimmy Hettes, Cole Escovedo and Edwin Figueroa.