Miguel Baeza Says Fight With Soriano Is ‘Do or die’

Louisville – UFC welterweight Miguel Baeza and his opponent at UFC Louisville Punahele Soriano both seem to be in a ‘do or die’ type of situation when they throw down on Saturday night.

“I guess we’re both in this point in our careers where we need to win,” Baeza told reporters on Wednesday.

“Do or die.”

Baeza (10-3) has been out for over two years due to injuries.

“It’s been tough with the story, coming (in) undefeated, and then 3 in a row, and then my losing streak of 3 in a row. Then after that the injuries, illness, it’s been a long road. It was a learning experience. A big part of this game is mental,” he said.

“Going through all that and having that time off and experiencing that I think it’s made me stronger and it’s going to make me a better fighter.”

Baeza has a win over future UFC hall of famer Matt Brown who recently retired from competition. Having that name on his resume is a feather in the cap of Baeza.

“I say this, and i’ll continue to say this, Matt Brown is the best fighter I’ve ever fought. Not because of his resume, but because of his skill in the cage,” he said.

“I got to see it first hand so I really do believe skill-wise, and just all around, the best fighter I’ve ever fought. To have a win against a legend like that how many people can say that?”

Watch the entire media day scrum with Miguel Baeza above. He takes on Punahele Soriano at UFC Louisville on Saturday night.