The ‘Immortal’ Matt Brown returns to the Octagon this Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida at the VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Taking on undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Miguel ‘Caramel Thunder’ Baeza. Matt Brown (22-16) looks to give Baeza (8-0) the first loss of his career.
A contestant on Season seven of The Ultimate Fighter, Brown has only fought twice over the last three years, in large part due to ACL reconstructive surgery. Brown’s first fight back after recovering from injury was against veteran Ben ‘Killa B’ Saunders. Brown knocked Saunders out with an elbow, the same weapon he used to knockout Diego Sanchez in his last fight prior to surgery in 2017.
Brown was originally scheduled to face Baeza back on March 28th. at UFC on ESPN 8: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Because of the COVID-19 lockdown, this event was postponed.
Baeza earned his UFC contract after winning a decision over Victor Reyna on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, despite being outweighed 169.5 to 178- pounds. Baeza prefers to stand and bang even though he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, earning six knockouts in his eight wins. Baeza debuted officially in the UFC on UFC Fight Night 161: Jędrzejczyk vs. Waterson back in October. Winning via second-round TKO against Hector Aldana. Baeza landed 57.4% of his total strikes, all significant, that night including one-for-one with takedown attempts.
I don’t see this fight going the distance. Brown is one of the most vicious and exciting fighters in UFC history, who has overcome so much adversity inside and out of the cage. Another challenge awaits him this Saturday night, a young undefeated lion with a smooth nickname. The last time Brown went the distance was back in 2015 against Johnny Hendrix at UFC 185, losing a unanimous decision to the former welterweight champion. In all honesty, I doubt this fight makes it out of the first round. Catch all the exciting action Saturday night on ESPN.