Miguel Baeza

Caramel Thunder

USA

Finished by Khaos Williams
WelterweightUFC
November 13, 2021
Baeza lost to Khaos Williams via TKO (punches) at 1:02 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This fight is Exhibit A as to why listening to your corner in between rounds is imperative in this sport. With the two locked in a tight battle and likely tied at 19 heading to the final frame, Baeza's corner mentioned to him earlier in the bout that they didn't want him throwing multiple repeated calf kicks at Williams. Miguel didn't listen, fired off two in a row, and that left Khaos the opening to connect with a picture-perfect shot that floored Baeza and ended the fight. Baeza was furious with referee Chris Tognoni's stoppage, but it was a correct one. The 29-year-old MMA Masters product has now lost two in a row after securing three straight stoppage wins to begin his UFC run.
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Facing Khaos Williams
WelterweightUFC
October 15, 2021
Baeza will take on Khaos Williams on Nov. 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Baeza will be looking to get back into the win column after losing by unanimous decision against Santiago Ponzinibbio in June. The defeat was the first of his professional career and followed a run of three straight second-round victories. Williams owns the same 3-1 record as a UFC fighter, though he's coming off a win, as he defeated Matthew Semelsberger by unanimous decision in June.
Falls short in Fight of the Night
WelterweightUFC
June 6, 2021
Baeza lost to Santiago Ponzinibbio via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Baeza was a slight betting favorite and one of the more heavily-rostered fighters in large-field tournaments, but he was unable to get it done here. The previously-undefeated 28-year-old came out strong, however, accumulating 39 significant strikes to Ponzinibbio's 15 in the first frame to seal the round. Baeza's output slowed significantly after that, and he ended up losing the overall significant strike battle 104 to 121 when it was all said and done. While Baeza was dealt his first UFC loss against a formidable opponent, it isn't all bad, as he'll take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for the back-and-forth affair.
Set for fight with Ponzinibbio
WelterweightUFC
April 15, 2021
Baeza is set to take on Santiago Ponzinibbio on the June 5 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Baeza earned his first submission victory in the UFC promotion last time out, dominating Takashi Sato before ending the match late in the second round. The Contender Series graduate has started off his run in the promotion 4-0-0 and still holds a clean 10-0-0 mark as a professional. He will put that on the line versus a fighter in Ponzinibbio who is looking to bounce back for his first loss since 2015. Baeza carries a one-inch height and a two-inch reach advantage into the bout.
Gets submission, remains undefeated
WelterweightUFC
November 28, 2020
Baeza defeated Takashi Sato via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:28 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Baeza landed a few heavy combos in Round 1 and continued to utilize left leg and body kicks. His momentum was halted a bit when he landed a low blow via knee in the clinch, but he landed another big shot around the one-minute mark that opened up a cut on Sato. Baeza widened his lead in Round 2, finding a home for more combinations before landing a takedown with roughly 90 seconds left. He tried securing an arm-triangle choke from half guard but eventually transitioned to side control, where the choke was tight. Sato tapped, and Baeza improved to 10-0. He should get a big step up his next time out, but in the meantime, he'll walk away $50,000 richer after he was selected for one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses.
Added to November card
WelterweightUFC
November 6, 2020
Baeza will take on Takashi Sato in a welterweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Nov. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Baeza was scheduled to fight at UFC Vegas 11, but the matchup was canceled for an undisclosed reason. His last fight came in May when he defeated Matt Brown via KO (punches) at UFC Jacksonville. Sato was scratched from a fight in August, but he defeated Jason Witt via TKO (punches) at 0:48 of Round 1 during his last matchup in June. Baeza has advantages in both height and reach.