A welterweight showdown between Miguel Baeza and Dhiego Lima has joined the UFC’s April 16 event.
The bout between Baeza (10-2) and Lima (15-9) was first reported by Best Fight Picks. Both men would later confirm the booking on social media.
Both fighters will be looking to get back in the win column come April, and snap two-fight losing streaks.
For Baeza, a.k.a. “Caramel Thunder,” he dropped fights to both Khaos Williams and Santiago Ponzinibbio in 2021. To his credit, the Ponzinibbio bout did earn him a Fight of the Night bonus, even if the decision didn’t go his way. The fight was also in the running for Fight of the Year.
After winning his way into the promotion on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019, Baeza immediately rattled off three consecutive wins. His biggest to date was a TKO finish of Matt “The Immortal” Brown in 2020.
Lima, who also lost two bouts in 2021, dropped fights to Matt Brown and Belal Muhammad. Prior to those defeats, the Ultimate Fighter 19 and 25 runner-up had won three straight. Brother of former Bellator MMA welterweight champ Douglas Lima, Dhiego is on his second stint with the UFC, as after being cut in 2015, he made his way back to the promotion via TUF 25.
The UFC’s April 16, 2022 Fight Night event does not have a venue, location, or broadcast plan officially announced. Currently, the following fights have been reported for the card:
Drakkar Klose vs. Brandon Jenkins
Jesse Ronson vs. Rafa García
Miguel Baeza vs. Dhiego Lima