A welterweight meeting of finisher, Matt ‘The Immortal’ Brown, and undefeated knockout artist, Miguel ‘Caramel Thunder’ Baeza is expected to feature at a UFC Fight Night event on May 16th. at the VyStar Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Veteran striker Brown recently extended his win-streak to two fights – following a knockout of Ben Saunders at UFC 245 in December. Florida based finisher, Baeza – made good on his promotion from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, securing a second-round knockout of Hector Aldana in October. A pairing of Brown and Baeza was first expected to feature at UFC Fight Night Columbus on March 28th. until the card was shelved, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio native, Brown, has spent a lengthy spell under the promotional banner – all the way back to 2008. The 39-year-old managed to secure himself a welterweight title eliminator back in July of 2014 – losing a unanimous decision to future titleholder, ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler. Before his aforementioned victory over Saunders, Brown finished fellow veteran, Diego Sanchez with a brutal elbow toward the end of 2017. The former Elevation Fight Team trainee was forced from a meeting with former interim 170-pound champion, Carlos Condit back in 2017 – after tearing his ACL. Brown has managed notable wins over ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Tim Means, Erick Silva, Mike Pyle, Jordan Mein, and Mike Swick.
27-year-old prospect, Baeza – will look to extend his win streak in the Octagon to two, similarly to opponent Brown. A victory for the MMA Masters product over somebody as recognisable as ‘The Immortal’ would be a major feather for his cap. Baeza has made short work of the majority of his seven professional triumphs. He’s managed to keep his competition time rather short – lodging four separate first-round knockouts.
The UFC Fight Night event is expected to take place on May 16th. from the VyStar Arena in Jacksonville, Florida – with a heavyweight rebooking between decorated kickboxer, Alistair Overeem and heavy-hitting finisher, Walt Harris taking main event status. In a featherweight matchup, former 155-pound contender, Edson Barboza will make his division debut, as he tackles surging prospect, Dan ‘Dynamite’ Ige. In a bantamweight bout, prospects, Song Yadong, and Marlon Vera are expected to clash. 185-pound contenders, Eryk Anders, and Krzysztof Jotko are slated to battle. Anthony Hernandez and Kevin Holland are also expected to feature, while Jared Gordan and Sean Woodson are penned to throw-down. In a featherweight tie, Darren Elkins clashes with Nate Landwehr – while Cláudia Gadelha returns against Angela Hill at 115-pounds.