Despite his young age and a promising MMA career, Alex Caceres doesn’t plan on competing in the sport for too long. While he plans on making martial arts a permanent part of his life, he wants to get out of the fight game before the injuries start to mount.
“I don’t want to do it for that long,” Caceres said in an interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio. “Once I hit a certain age, I just don’t want to do this anymore. Fighting is very nice, but then again, from the beginning, I am a martial artist, and I’ll do that my whole life. But fighting is something that I’m doing in the time being… I think the age of 30 is a good age to call it quits.”
Caceres added that his retirement won’t hinge on whether or not he manages to become champion.
“My only goal [before retiring] is not necessarily being a champion – even though that might come with the goal I have in mind,” he said. [It’s] just to be as good as I can possibly be in the sport. I just want to find my limitations.”
“Honestly I believe this is for young people,” he concluded. “I don’t want to be old and not be able to play with my kids.”
Caceres made his UFC debut on the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter. He won his first two fights before being defeated in the semifinals. He returned to the octagon in March 2011, suffering back to back losses to Mackens Semerzier and Jimy Hettes. He bounced back in his bantamweight debut, defeating Cole Escovedo, before dropping a close split decision to Edwin Figueroa (Caceres was penalized points for illegal kicks).
He most recently picked up back to back wins in the division, before having a split decision victory over Kyung Ho Kang overturned for marijuana use.
In his next bout, Caceres will face Roland Delorme next at UFC 165 this Saturday. It will be his seventh outing in the UFC.