Miguel Baeza
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Wins UFC debut with leg kicks
October 12, 2019
Baeza defeated Hector Aldana via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
The finish was pretty and it was a nice accomplishment for Baeza to pick up a win in front of his friends and family in his native Florida in his company debut, but he didn't look particularly strong prior to the stoppage. What he did do, however, was make a concerted effort to blast Aldana with leg kicks and all that work eventually resulted in the stoppage victory. Given the level of competition he faced on Saturday, Baeza will have to be better his next time out if he wants to pick up his second straight win.
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Baeza (7-0-0) is scheduled to face Hector Aldana (4-2-0) in a welterweight fight Oct. 12 at UFC Tampa, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
The 27-year-old will be making his promotional debut in Florida after earning a UFC contract through his unanimous-decision win over Victor Reyna in June as part of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. The unbeaten Baeza will get his first UFC test against the slumping Aldana, who has lost both of his fights since joining the promotion in 2018.
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Baeza defeated Victor Reyna via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series and was awarded one of two UFC contracts by White after the show.
Baeza accepted this fight against a replacement opponent on short notice (that was also overweight), and not only did he cash in as a (-400) betting favorite, he'll join the ranks of the UFC after this performance. It took a couple minutes for Baeza to get going in this one, but he eventually landed a massive right hand in the first round that opened the door for him to take Reyna's back. Reyna threatened more in the second frame, but several knees in the clinch from Baeza appeared to be enough to earn him the round. The third period was the tightest round and Reyna finished the fight in top position, but it simply wasn't enough to earn the favor of the judges. In the end, White respected Baeza's willingness to fight a late-notice, heavy opponent, which helped him earn the contract despite being unable to secure a finish. The 26-year-old will enter the UFC with a spotless record complied across a variety of amateur and professional circuits.