“I’m not sure about the names,” Baeza said next his second-spherical submission of Takashi Sato this past Saturday at UFC APEX. “I know my coaches want any individual in the top-15. Which is good with me.
“But suitable now, to be trustworthy, with all the things that occurred this yr, we had four coaching camps, and all through that time, I lost an individual near to me, so I want to occur again and see my household and be with them for a little bit.”
Baeza dedicated his get to his cousin, Jose Ramos, who recently died. The emotional tribute adopted an up-and-down 2020 with two wins inside the octagon. Baeza netted an extra $50,000 for “Performance of the Night” pursuing his win more than Sato.
The arm-triangle that ended the combat was its personal variety of reward for Baeza, who responded to critics of his model.
“I shouldn’t be reading some of this stuff on the web, but it is variety of really hard not to, he mentioned of on the internet detractors. [They said], ‘What belt is this male, Baeza? Choose him down, it will be a wrap.’ I’ve been doing jiu-jitsu for around a decade now, so very good luck.”
For the document, Baeza has a black belt soon after 10 a long time on the mat. Still, he feels like he requires to boost on a variety of factors prior to he’s completely ready to keep the belt, and which is why he’s not contacting out any individual appropriate now.
“The small-time period aim is to get that ‘W,’ but the lengthy-term intention is to be winner,” he explained. “So whoever is in front of me is in front of me. It doesn’t issue if it’s prime-15, major-10. Whoever it is, I’m coming right after you.”
Encouraging Baeza in his increase is 1 of the sport’s most gifted – and most controversial – welterweights, Colby Covington. Questioned about Covington’s presence at MMA Masters, their residence gymnasium in Miami, Baeza sidestepped the vitriol his teammate is known for and centered on the positives.
“He’s a great person, person,” Baeza claimed. “I know everyone’s heading to get on him and all the things he’s stating. He’s a distinctive man or woman in the health club, and he’s only pushed us to get superior.”
Anytime Baeza’s upcoming booking arrives about, they’ll be pushing at the time all over again. But for now, it is celebration – and a really hard seem from his coaches.
“Trust me, I’m heading to discover fault,” he claimed. “My coaches are likely to tear me up. I was satisfied, then I remembered, oh god, now comes the criticism. But it’s a welcome factor.”
Check out Baeza’s job interview, which kicks off the UFC Vegas 15 write-up-battle press conference.