UFC Vegas 42: Khaos Williams Earns Third Round KO Over Miguel Baeza

Khaos Williams and Miguel Baeza. UFC Vegas 42
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Khaos Williams punches Miguel Baeza in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Khaos Williams delivered on the promise of an exciting fight, knocking out Miguel Baeza in the third round of a competitive fight at UFC Vegas 42.

Fresh off a Fight of the Year candidate against Santiago Ponzinibbio, welterweight Miguel Baeza was looking not just to impress, but get back in the win column at UFC Vegas 42 against Khaos Williams.

As good as the Ponzinibbio fight had been, Baeza had come out on the wrong end of the decision.

Khaos Williams entered Saturday’s main card scrap having recently got back in the win column against Matthew Semelsberger, and was looking for his fourth win in five UFC fights.

Miguel Baeza started the fight by circling away from the power right hand of Khaos Williams. Williams fired an off-balance right that missed the mark and after some more circling, Williams went with a leg kick. A two-punch combination caught Williams, then Baeza ate a counter right hand. Baeza landed another big shot while eating a right from Williams. After the fiery exchange, Baeza went back to the original game plan. Williams then caught a kick and brought Baeza to the ground. Baeza began working on a kneebar then a heel hook. From a seated position and his leg still in Baeza’s grasp, Williams began landing big shots to close out the round.

Baeza started the second round with a leg kick and Williams landed one of his own. Leg kicks were the attack of choice for both fighters until Khaos went with a kick that hit Baeza below the belt. After action resumed, Baeza landed a few leg kicks in quick succession while avoiding big punches from Williams. The leg kicks started to add up on Williams as he was noticeably slower towards the tail end of the second round. Williams tried to change things up with a takedown attempt, drove Baeza to the cage and landed a knee below the belt again. After action resumed, Williams blasted Baeza with a right hand right before the round ended.

Early in the third round, Baeza stuck with his leg kick attack. He threw multiple in a row and Williams took advantage, countering with a heavy combination that floored Baeza. A few punches later and Williams finished the fight. After the fight, Williams said he needs to let his calf heal after taking so many kicks.

Khaos Williams def. Miguel Baeza by TKO (Punches) in Round 3 (1:02)