Miguel Baeza
Caramel Thunder

USA

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.
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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.
Draws Wells for Saturday bout
WelterweightUFC
September 15, 2020
Baeza will now take on Jeremiah Wells for UFC Vegas 11 on Saturday, Ag Fight reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC was able to book newcomer Jeremiah Wells, who owns a 8-2-1 record in his MMA career. His original opponent, Mickey Gall, had to withdraw earlier this week with an undisclosed injury. Baeza last fought in May when he defeated Matt Brown by KO.
Hopeful to stay on UFC Vegas 11
WelterweightUFC
September 14, 2020
Baeza is hopeful to find a short-notice opponent for UFC Vegas 11 on Saturday, Mike Heck of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Baeza had previously been scheduled for a meeting with Mickey Gall, but Gall ultimately was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. Baeza is fresh off a victory against Matt Brown in May that came with a 180-day medical suspension, but his presence on the card suggests he's received the proper clearance. It's unclear if the UFC will bring in a new opponent to keep the card at 15 fights, or instead save this fighter (or proposed matchup) for a later date.
Gets medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
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.