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Initially this fight was buried on the prelims. However, after a fight on the main card was scrapped, this fight was the obvious choice to be elevated. In my opinion, it’s the second best fight on the card and deserved this spot before the opening. Before facing Santiago Ponzinibbio, Miguel Baeza had run through the competition, finishing three straight opponents. While he looked excellent in round one against Ponzinibbio, ultimately the pace and the Argentinian’s constant output broke him. Regardless, Baeza’s stock didn’t fall. A devastating striker, with a blend of power and volume, Baeza looks to systematically break opponents with leg kicks and overall technique. Khaos Williams on the other hand can be a bit of a wildcard. With legitimate knockout power, Williams isn’t afraid to brawl or blitz opponents. Obviously abandoning striking defense, Williams opts to take one to give one.
As for a prediction, I have Williams. While his deficiencies on the defensive side are noted, he has proven to be extremely durable. Dating back to his amateur fights, Williams has yet to be finished in twenty nine combined fights. The reason that I favor Williams though, is that while he carries power, he also does a good job being a high output striker. Landing 5.2 significant strikes a minute, as long as Williams isn’t being wrestled, you can expect him to explode inside the pocket and throw multiple punches. The only concern I have in this fight for Williams, is Baeza’s leg kicks. It’s a game changing element to the fight, that if Baeza can implement, he could slow-down Williams and pick him apart. In the end however, I expect a wild fight, one in which Williams wins via TKO.