Cage Titans Fight preview: Dave Baxter vs Mike Brown
A fighter who will forever be remembered for being choked out in round one of a fight and coming back to win in round two, Dave Baxter is much more than just a highlight reel calamity. A clean boxer with short hooks and power straights flowing equally well, Baxter can put together three and four punch combinations on the fly and dominate every exchange he’s in. On the mat, his impressive core strength and balance make him a nightmare to deal with, riding through takedowns and appearing on top as if by magic, where his punishing ground and pound finishes out the trick.
A dynamic fighter cut from the same cloth, Mike Brown will keep the ball rolling on his busy amateur career. Working well in the transition phases of a fight, Brown’s best work is done closing distance with strikes or catching opponents when they work for takedowns or passes. Having a technical bottom game and a great deal of composure under duress, Brown stands as a firm test for anyone looking to tangle in the Flyweight ranks.
These two fighters are freakishly similar in their abilities, both working well at the same ranges and in the same situations. While Baxter might have a bit more polish on his overall striking game, Brown’s submission styling makes an interesting counter-point and sets up a highly competitive scrap with the winner a true coin flip.