Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza, 27, of Davie, Florida, United States was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the undefeated mixed martial artist’s second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 16, 2020. In the sixth bout of the evening, Baeza fought Matt “The Immortal” Brown, 39, of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in the welterweight division.
Jason Herzog served as the referee. He put a stop to the welterweight contest after 18 seconds in the second round when Baeza knocked out Brown via left hook.
The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 8” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all major sports events were either cancelled or postponed. In the main event of the evening, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands knocked out Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.
Baeza and Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey, 33, of Glendale, Arizona, USA won the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were presented by HSS. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between “The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Baeza to 9 wins and 0 loss. It was the seventh time he won a professional MMA bout via knockout.
On the other hand, Brown now has 22 wins and 17 losses. It was his 11th loss in the UFC.
Nine countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 8” namely Brazil, China, Ecuador, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the U.S. Baeza and Brown were two of the 12 representatives of the U.S.
Competing professionally since 2015, Baeza joined the UFC in 2019. In his promotional debut, he knocked out Hector “El Charro” Aldana, 31, of Mexico.