Burt Watson’s MMA Live! Main Event fighters Jose Caceres & Mike Lilly speak on their matchup

On Saturday night, Burt Watson Promotions presents MMA Live! – the promotion’s first-ever event in Hollywood, Florida.

Burt Watson, former UFC Event Coordinator will put on his promoter’s hat for the first time. While with the UFC, a relationship that ultimately ended on a sour note, Watson was the man with the plan backstage at events. He was given the nickname “Babysitter to the Stars” by UFC Commentator Joe Rogan and earned his own fanfare from his passionate “WE ROLLIN!” tagline he would yell as he was sending fighters from the locker room to the cage.

Watson has now started his own promotion after many years in the business of combat sports. MMA Live! goes down on Saturday, June 16 at the Hard Rock Event Center. The main event of the evening is a welterweight clash between Jose Caceres (14-8) and Michael Lilly (5-5).

Both fighters spoke to Slip ‘n Dip about their upcoming matchup, revealing a rivalry that goes back to the wrestling mats years prior.

“Know Way” Jose Caceres will be looking to rebound off a loss a year ago at Titan FC 50 to Uros Jurisic. Prior to that bout, Caceres recorded three wins and one no contest in his four previous fights. Jose is the brother of UFC veteran Alex Caceres, who has enjoyed a lengthy run with the biggest promotion on the planet. Jose’s name will also forever be attached to the current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman because he is the only fighter to put a loss on his record when they met in 2013.

Michael Lilly is beginning to hit his stride as a fighter since he found his true weight class. Earlier in his career, he was cutting a large amount of weight to make the lightweight division’s limit, which hindered his performance. He brings a two-fight win streak into the cage with him on Saturday and promises that will be extended to three after it’s all said and done.

MMA Live! will be live streamed on Facebook Saturday evening here:


Matthew Wells

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