MMA Preview – Miguel Baeza vs Andre Fialho at UFC on ESPN 34
MIGUEL BAEZA VS ANDRE FIALHO FACTS
When is UFC on ESPN 34? Saturday 16th April, 2022 - 23:30 start (UK)
Where is UFC on ESPN 34? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 34? Click here for the tickets at the O2 Arena
What channel is UFC on ESPN 34 on? BT Sport 2
Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 34? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!
MIGUEL BAEZA VS ANDRE FIALHO LOWDOWN
Nobody expected Miguel Baeza (10-2) to be on a two-fight skid after his third finish in three UFC fights. He TKO’d Hector Aldana (2019) and Matt Brown (2020) before finally showing off his elite jiu-jitsu by wrapping Takashi Sato (2020) up in an arm-triangle. He was unbeaten and the one to watch in the welterweight division, but went on to lose a unanimous decision in a war with Santiago Ponzinibbio (2021) and is now coming off a TKO loss to Khaos Williams in November last year.
Andre Fialho (14-4) made his UFC debut at the start of the year and was given a very tough match up in Michel Pereira. The Portugal native was coming off three straight knockouts under the UAE Warriors banner and displayed all of that boxing at UFC 270. He looked great in the first round and took Pereira the distance but it was not enough to convince any judges.
MIGUEL BAEZA VS ANDRE FIALHO PREDICTION
Pereira and Baeza for your first two caps is not ideal. Incredibly tough fights to start a UFC campaign and understandably Baeza is the favourite. His two recent losses were disappointing, but his fights leading up to that had a lot of people tagging him as a future title contender.
He arrived as a jiu-jitsu ace and then showed off his electrifying striking. He is very explosive and athletic and he can afford to be aggressive without the worry of landing on the canvas.
We expect Fialho to have a strong start and arguably has better hands, but as soon as Baeza settles he will be able to win the exchanges on the feet and if the fight hits the ground, we fancy Baeza to inflict Fialho’s first submission loss.
Prediction: Baeza via Submission - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)