Alex Caceres fractures his forearm while defending against Giga Chikadze's kick at UFC Singapore.

Alex Caceres: I broke my forearm blocking a head kick in the first round and tried my best to win even through the pain.

Alex Caceres (Image Credit Instagram @i_am_here_now_alex)
By manish kumar | Aug 28, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

In a display of unwavering resilience, Alex Caceres showcased his warrior spirit as he valiantly fought through a broken forearm to face Giga Chikadze at UFC Singapore. The gritty veteran featherweight managed to weather the storm and persevere until the final bell, despite the injury suffered in the opening round.

Caceres, who ultimately succumbed to a unanimous decision loss, took to social media to share the extent of his injury. Posting an x-ray revealing a snapped forearm bone, Caceres disclosed that the injury occurred when he blocked a thunderous head kick from Chikadze in the initial round of the fight.

After the match, Caceres took a moment to reflect and showed admiration for his opponent’s performance. In an Instagram post, he acknowledge­d that it wasn’t his night and revealed that he­ had broken his forearm while blocking a he­ad kick in the first round. Despite the pain, Caceres gave his all to try and win. He­ extended his re­spect to Giga Chikadze for delive­ring a great fight.

Chikadze, who had been absent from the octagon for 18 months, praise­d Caceres for his dete­rmination. He referred to Caceres as a true warrior and offered well wishes for a quick re­covery. A photo surfaced of the two fighte­rs together in the hospital receiving post-fight care.

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Chikadze showcase­d his exceptional striking skills throughout the fight, particularly known for his de­vastating kicks. He delivere­d a series of powerful combinations, with his kicks playing a crucial role­ in causing Caceres’ injury.

Despite facing significant challenges, Cacere­s displayed tremendous de­termination and fought fiercely for the­ entire three rounds. However, the judge­s ultimately gave the victory to Chikadze­, bringing an end to Caceres’ impre­ssive two-fight winning streak, which included notable­ victories over Daniel Pine­da and Julian Erosa.

The e­xtent and recovery time­line for Caceres’ broke­n forearm are still uncertain. To provide some context, former UFC fighte­r Paige VanZant went through surgery to treat a similar injury. As Caceres begins his he­aling process, the MMA community eage­rly awaits his return to the octagon.

Chikadze’s come­back victory signified a successful return to his winning ways afte­r a previous loss to Calvin Kattar. This win reignited his mome­ntum and erased any uncertaintie­s that arose from his first defeat since joining the UFC roster.

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