Not only did UFC bantamweight Alex Caceres play the spoiler at UFC on FOX 10 by defeating the favorited Sergio Pettis, but he managed to earn $100,000 in post-fight bonuses by claiming both the Submission and Fight of the Night bonuses. Pettis was the other recipient for the night's best fight and UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone claimed Knockout of the Night for his head kick knockout victory over Adriano Martins.
Caceres, 25, was the underdog heading into Saturday's bout opposite the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. And as the fact kicked off, those expectations seemed to be correct. The younger Pettis, 20, used superb footwork, perfectly-timed combinations and angles to land significant damage and accrue points.
Yet, Caceres started off the second frame with a straight left that landed flush, dropping Pettis to the canvas. Pettis was able to recover and largely resume the pace set in the first round. In the third round, the two had a back and forth affair until Pettis attempted a trip that was countered by a hard whizzer from Caceres. Pettis was forced to knee shield and in the ensuing scramble Caceres was able to take Pettis' back. With just seconds to go, Caceres locked in a fight-ending rear naked choke without hooks from Pettis' turtle. The end came at 4:39 of the third round.
Caceres record jumps to 10-5 with 1 no-contest. Pettis takes his first career defeat as he drops to 10-1.
Claiming Knockout of the Night honors on Saturday night is Donald Cerrone, 30, who stopped Adriano Martins, 31, in the first round of their bout with a scintillating head kick knockout. While Martins managed to score with his own series of hard punches early and avoided any hint of the ground game with impeccable scrambling, Cerrone caught the Brazilian standing still and drilled him flush on the jaw and neck with an uncontested head kick. Martins immediately crumbled to the mat where Cerrone followed but refused to engage as the referee jumped in.
Cerrone moves to 22-6 with 1 no-contest while Martins drops to 25-7.