That was fine with Caceres (18-12 MMA, 13-10 UFC), because anyone who has followed his career knows the longtime octagon veteran isn’t picky when it comes to opponents. Caceres doesn’t follow MMA very closely, nor does he enjoy the world of sports. He’s all about the martial arts journey and evolving as a human and fighter.
When the contract was signed and the preparation began for the featherweight matchup at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, though, Caceres does his homework. He doesn’t think Choi (10-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is a bad fighter by any means, but for someone who has shared the cage with the likes of Yair Rodriguez, Sergio Pettis, Urijah Faber, and more – there’s nothing that has Caceres overly concerned.
“He’s a great striker,” Caceres told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 196 media day. “We’ve seen fights where it seems like he doesn’t like to grapple, which is cool. I don’t necessarily like to grapple if I don’t have to either. It could be a good stand up fight. I do feel like my grappling is better if we go there. Not necessarily impressed with anything. Not to say he’s nothing. I’ve been in this thing – this is my 10th year in the UFC and I’ve fought some of the highest level guys from all ranges. I’ve seen it all.”
To hear more from Caceres, watch the video above for his UFC Fight Night 196 media day interview.