Puna Soriano

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Shows grit in first career loss
MiddleweightUFC
July 24, 2021
Soriano lost to Brendan Allen via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Soriano looked to have Allen's number early, pressuring "All In" and landing big shots, but he spent too much time waiting on his opponent between blitzes, which allowed Allen to light him on fire with jabs and body kicks. This drained Soriano's gas tank, and while he never stopped fighting, he didn't have enough left to deal with the veteran. Soriano falls to 8-1 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Facing new opponent in July
MiddleweightUFC
May 25, 2021
Soriano will face Brendan Allen in a middleweight bout at the UFC's July 24 event, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Soriano was originally penciled in to fight Anthony Hernandez on June 26, but Hernandez was forced to withdraw due to a hand injury. Soriano is coming off a win over Dusko Todorovic via TKO in January and will attempt to move to 9-0 for his career. Allen is 4-1 since joining the UFC and took out Karl Roberson via submission in April.
Looking to go to 9-0
MiddleweightUFC
March 18, 2021
Soriano will take on Anthony Hernandez in a middleweight bout at the UFC event June 26, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Soriano last fought back in mid-January when he defeated Dusko Todorovic via TKO. It pushed his career record to 8-0 overall and 2-0 under the UFC banner. Hernandez is coming off a huge upset of Rodolfo Vieira in his last fight back on Feb. 13.
Roll continues in Abu Dhabi
MiddleweightUFC
January 16, 2021
Soriano defeated Dusko Todorovic via TKO (punches) at 4:58 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
In a rare bout between two undefeated fighters, Soriano left little doubt who the better man was. While Todorovic appeared anxious and overwhelmed by the big stage, Soriano stood back and capitalized on his opponent's mistakes. He took full advantage of Todorovic's blatant disregard for properly defending himself, peppering his opponent with massive counter strikes. The sample size is small, but Soriano's keeps himself in excellent shape and his power is obviously legitimate. The 28-year-old product of Dana White's Contender Series has now scored back-to-back first-round victories to begin his official UFC run.
Fight booked with Todorovic
MiddleweightUFC
December 23, 2020
Soriano is scheduled to face Dusko Todorovic in a middleweight fight Jan. 16 at the UFC event in Abu Dhabi, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Soriano will be fighting for the first time in more than a year after he pushed his career MMA record to 7-0-0 with a first-round win over Oskar Piechota on Dec. 14, 2019 at UFC 245. The matchup with Todorovic will feature a battle of unbeaten fighters, as the 26-year-old from Serbia owns a 10-0-0 record.
Scratched from May 16 bout
MiddleweightUFC
April 9, 2020
Soriano is no longer slated to face Anthony Hernandez on May 16, Mike Bohnof MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Soriano's bout was initially rescheduled from May 28 but he apparently won't be available for the May 16 bout either. Instead, Kevin Holland is slated to step in and take on Hernandez. The reason for Soriano's withdrawal remains unclear, but he will have to wait longer for his opportunity to continue a young UFC career.