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Fighting Piechota at UFC 245
September 28, 2019
Soriano will face off against Oskar Piechota at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Soriano is 6-0 as a professional. His most recent victory was a unanimous decision over Jamie Pickett. Decisions account for just one of his victories, while three have been KO/TKOs and two have been submissions.
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No longer facing Yandiev in Abu Dhabi
August 20, 2019
Soriano (6-0-0) is uncertain to fight at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7 after his scheduled opponent, Adam Yandiev (9-1-0), announced Tuesday via Instagram that he had withdrawn from their scheduled middleweight fight after requiring knee surgery.
Since the Abu Dhabi event is just under three weeks away, it's unclear if the promotion will be able to find a short-notice replacement for Yandiev, which could result in Soriano's UFC debut being pushed back. Soriano earned a contract from the UFC after defeating Jamie Pickett in June as part of Dana White's Contender Series.
Added to UFC roster after DWCS win
June 19, 2019
Soriano defeated Jamie Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at Dana White's Contender Series on Tuesday in Las Vegas. After the fight, he was one of two competitors to be awarded a UFC contract.
Soriano closed as the second-biggest favorite on the card (roughly -330) and certainly looked the part with a dominant performance. He was in tears after the fight, however, as Soriano believed he would not be awarded a contract due to his inability to get a finish. UFC President Dana White ultimately appreciated this mentality, proclaiming "I gotta have him" in his post-card interview. Soriano's track record to date also may have played a role, as he was a perfect 5-0 leading up to this opportunity, with a record composed entirely of first-round finishes. Even without a finish here, there was no doubt who won the fight. Soriano had Pickett backed up against the fence and in danger late in the first round, and continuously tagged him with one-two combos as the bout went on. It ended with Soriano in top position landing devastating elbows to the ribs of Pickett. Either the first or third round likely could have been scored 10-8 for Soriano. When it was all said and done, White determined the 26-year-old has what it takes to compete in the UFC, but now he has to go out and prove it again against higher-level competition.