Austin Springer In for Kevin Croom Against Alex Caceres at UFC Fight Night 175

By Jay Pettry Aug 27, 2020

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The revolving door of opponents keeps turning for Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight Alex Caceres.

On Tuesday, Caceres (16-12, 1 NC) was slated to face Giga Chikadze, but the latter withdrew from the bout for currently undisclosed reasons. Stepping in for Chikadze at that time was Kevin Croom, but this too fell through. When Croom tested positive for the coronavirus, the promotion was forced to scramble again.

First reported by MMA Fighting on Thursday, the UFC has signed Austin Springer (12-3) to make his UFC debut against Caceres at UFC Fight Night 175. The two will meet at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Aug. 29. Springer has since confirmed the booking on his Instagram.

Caceres is riding a two-fight win streak with decision victories over Chase Hooper and Steven Peterson over the last year. The win streak for “Bruce Leeroy” is his longest since a pair of wins in 2016 over Masio Fullen and Cole Miller. Despite 22 previous trips to the Octagon, Caceres has never won three UFC fights in a row. In his last appearance, he became the first fighter to defeat the unbeaten Hooper, earning a 30-27 clean sweep on all three scorecards.

Springer will be springing into the UFC on the heels of three consecutive wins, including a submission over Chikadze on Dana White's Contender Series in 2018. When Springer tapped Chikadze, he became the first fighter to finish the former kickboxer from Georgia. Springer made his debut on the big stage when he competed in Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but was ultimately knocked out by Chris Gruetzemacher and eliminated from the tournament. The Washington native sports a finish rate of 75 percent, stopping his opponent in seven of his last eight triumphs.

UFC Fight Night 175 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Aug. 29, where it will be headlined by a three-round light heavyweight battle between Anthony Smith and Aleksandar Rakic. Also on the card, Robbie Lawler and Neil Magny will collide at welterweight, while Magomed Ankalaev runs it back with Ion Cutelaba at light heavyweight.

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