Miguel Baeza
Caramel Thunder

USA

Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 11/21/2020
Gets medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
Out
May 18, 2020
Baeza has been given a six-month medical suspension following his win over Matt Brown via KO (punches) at UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Baeza's Round 2 victory over Brown allowed him to hang on to his undefeated record, but he'll now have to wait 180 days to return to the Octagon unless cleared by a physician earlier. Now 9-0 as a professional fighter, the 27-year-old will focus his efforts on returning to top physical shape.
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Turns tables on Matt Brown
WelterweightUFC
Out
May 16, 2020
Baeza defeated Matt Brown via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Baeza barely hung on to his undefeated record. After setting the tone in the early going with leg kicks, Baeza allowed Brown to control the pace of the fight and land shots. Baeza was in all sorts of trouble in an exchange along the fence and referee Jason Herzog -- who allowed Wednesday's Anthony Smith v. Glover Teixeira fight to go way too long -- would have been well within his rights to waive this one off. He allowed Baeza to recover and the youngster eventually turned the tables on the aging Brown in the late stages of Round 1 and the early stages of Round 2. The stoppage also earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. The end result was impressive, but Baeza had some hairy moments against an opponent who is well past his prime. The 27-year-old will have to be sharper his next time out.
Matchup with Brown rescheduled
WelterweightUFC
Out
May 4, 2020
Baeza will now take on Matt Brown in a welterweight matchup at UFC Jacksonville on May 16.
ANALYSIS
Baeza and Brown were originally scheduled to square off March 28 in Columbus, but that card ultimately was canceled late due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFC will feature three upcoming cards in the span of a week, and this will be one of several short-notice fights that helps beef up the cards. Baeza won his UFC debut back in October, finishing Hector Aldana with a kick in the second round to remain undefeated in eight professional bouts. He'll own a two-inch height advantage over Brown, who will enter with a slight edge in reach. Most importantly, however, Baeza is more than a decade younger than Brown, a veteran likely looking at retirement in the near future.
Booked vs. Matt Brown
WelterweightUFC
Out
January 15, 2020
Baeza will face Matt Brown in a welterweight fight at UFC on ESPN 8 in Columbus, Ohio on March 28, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Baeza -- who is 8-0 as a professional fighter -- made his UFC debut in October, defeating Hector Aldana via TKO at UFC Fight Night in Tampa. In his sophomore fight in the octagon, Baeza will face a veteran fighter in Matt Brown, who is coming off a TKO victory over Ben Saunders at UFC 245 in December.
Wins UFC debut with leg kicks
WelterweightUFC
Out
October 12, 2019
Baeza defeated Hector Aldana via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
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.
First UFC fight coming in Tampa
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 28, 2019
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.
ANALYSIS
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.