Name: Javier Baez
Fighting out of: MMA Masters
This Friday, August 12th Javier Baez will be competing to become Fight Time Promotions flyweight champion, the 27 year old has come a long way, from a rough childhood in communist Cuba to becoming one of the top flyweight fighters in the world. His journey has not been an easy one, but easy roads don’t lead to championship dreams.
Baez earned his title shot by staying undefeated with 3 stoppages in his first four professional fights. Once a high school wrestler, he has transitioned into a full-fledged mixed martial artist who can dominate in any position in the cage. His base is wrestling and you would be hard pressed to find a 125lber who can hang with him on the mat, but he separates himself from his singlet sporting brothers when it comes to finishing fights. On the ground Baez could choose to lay and pray his opponents and grind out a victory with his superior control, but once in a dominant position he continually works for the finish with heavy ground and pound and slick BJJ submission attempts.
Not many who know Baez are surprised by his fighting success, his unparalleled work ethic fuels him as an athlete who doesn’t accept failure as an option. When the UFC comes calling in the near future it certainly wont be a shock to Florida fight fans.
Much of the character that inspired Baez’s “Unbreakable” nickname was forged in him as a young boy on the streets of Cuba. Growing up in Havana he experienced poverty and turmoil not familiar to the average American child. Baez and his family arrived in the states in 1995, 7 year old Baez immediately got his first taste of America when he visited a McDonald’s adjacent to the Miami airport. He devoured his first Big Mac, giving birth to a delicious fast food vice and an American way of life.
Baez did not discover his passion for combat sports until he joined his high school’s wrestling team and realized his love for individual competition. Many of the friendships that would lead him to a career in MMA were created on the wrestling mats of Miami’s Killian High. After a successful high school career he attended wrestling camps in Missouri for a short period, when he returned home to Miami he had a hard time finding outlets for his wrestling ambitions. In 2008 a few of his wrestler friends took him to the Freestyle Fight Academy in Miami, Florida. Right away the instructors knew that this young grappler was a special talent and offered to let him wrestle there for free, if he agreed to train jujitsu and kickboxing with the gym’s professional mma fight team.
Baez took to the sport like a natural and within a year he switched gyms to train with the MMA Masters team, one of south Florida’s premier fight gyms. By 2011 he was a year into training and started taking amateur fights to test his newly acquired skills. Baez rattled off three amateur bouts in three months.He went 2-1 and following his third fight he decided to go pro. In his first professional bout Baez knocked out American Top Team fighter John Rivera in the second round, he followed that up with two more victories, one by arm bar and one by decision. Last September he submitted 21 year old Brazilian young gun Bruno Oliviera, his biggest win to date
This Friday Baez faces off against fellow undefeated prospect, ATT’s Yunier Valdez Fernandez. Fernandez is 3-0 and will be a formidable opponent. It will be both fighters first five round affair, with the victor becoming Fight Time Promotion’s flyweight champion. Becoming a promotion’s champion will put Baez on the radar of the national MMA scene and with one or two defenses we could very easily see Javier “Unbreakable” Baez on a UFC card this time next year.