Sodiq Yusuff will attempt to bounce back from his sole UFC loss when facing veteran Alex Caceres at the promotion’s March 12th card. The matchup was originally revealed by Caceres in an interview with The Schmo on Friday, and was later confirmed by Nolan King, John Morgan and Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie.
The matchup joins a UFC event that doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Yusuff was handed his first loss by Arnold Allen in April 2021, losing via unanimous decision. He had a flawless promotional run before then, attaining four consecutive wins from 2018 to 2020.
Yusuff’s last appearance was his first bout in over a year. He has a shorter layoff heading into this fight, being on the sidelines for 11 months by the time fight week approaches.
Caceres will provide a veteran test for Yusuff.
Caceres has been on the UFC roster for over a decade, joining the promotion after competing on Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Despite having over two-dozen fights, Caceres is currently on the best run of his career. He has attained five consecutive wins since 2019, including a submission win over Choi Seung-woo and a decision victory over Kevin Croom from last year.
Light heavyweights Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev are currently expected to headline UFC’s March 12th card. Here is the updated lineup:
Bout 9: Thiago Santos (22-9) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (16-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Guido Cannetti (8-6) vs. Kris Moutinho (9-5) (Bantamweight)
Bout 7: Trevin Jones (13-7) vs. Javid Basharat (11-0) (Bantamweight)
Bout 6: Marlon Moraes (23-9-1) vs. Song Yadong (18-5-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 5: Bruno Silva (22-6) vs. Alex Pereira (4-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Cody Brundage (6-2) vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (11-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Damon Jackson (19-4-1) vs. Joshua Culibao (9-1-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: Sabina Mazo (9-3) vs. Mandy Bohm (7-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 1: Alex Caceres (19-12) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (11-2) (Featherweight)