|Born||Punahele Michael Soriano|
November 22, 1992
Wailua, Kauai County, Hawaii
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||O‘ahu, Hawaii|
|Rank||Brown belt in Judo|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division III Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
As a senior at Kahuku High School in Laie, Hawaii, on the North Shore of Oahu, Soriano was the 171-pound state champion, after placing third in the state as a junior. In addition to being a high school state champion in wrestling, he was a high school state judo champion. He went on to wrestle Division-III at Wartburg College in Iowa, where he earned All-America honors at the 2014 NCAAs by placing seventh in the 197-pound bracket, in the process becoming the first qualifier from Hawaii.
Mixed martial arts career Edit
Early career Edit
After making his professional debut in Hawaii on January 28, 2017, at X-1 World Events 45, and getting a first-round submission win, Soriano made his Middleweight and mainland debut on July 29, 2017, at PFL Everett against Jon Gover. He won the bout via first-round TKO.
Soriano was invited onto Dana White's Contender Series 17 on June 18, 2019, where he faced Jamie Pickett. He won the bout via unanimous decision, getting a UFC contract in the process and going past the first round for the first time in his MMA career.
Ultimate Fighting Championship Edit
Soriano was scheduled to face Anthony Hernandez on June 26, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov. The pairing was previously scheduled to take place in May 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris, but Soriano pulled out due to undisclosed reasons. In turn, Hernandez pulled out in late May due to a hand injury and was replaced by Brendan Allen, with the new matchup taking place a month later at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. Soriano lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Soriano faced Dalcha Lungiambula on July 16, 2022 at UFC on ABC 3. He won the fight via knockout in the second round. This win earned Soriano his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Soriano was scheduled to face Sedriques Dumas on June 24, 2023 at UFC on ABC 5. However, on June 15 it was announced that Soriano pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Cody Brundage.
Championships and accomplishments Edit
Mixed martial arts record Edit
|12 matches||9 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||9–3||Roman Kopylov||TKO (body kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imavov||January 14, 2023||2||3:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–2||Dalcha Lungiambula||KO (punches)||UFC on ABC: Ortega vs. Rodríguez||July 16, 2022||2||0:28||Elmont, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||8–2||Nick Maximov||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland||February 5, 2022||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Brendan Allen||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw||July 24, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Duško Todorović||TKO (punches)||UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar||January 16, 2021||1||4:48||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||7–0||Oskar Piechota||KO (punch)||UFC 245||December 14, 2019||1||3:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Jamie Pickett||Decision (unanimous)||Dana White's Contender Series 17||June 18, 2019||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jhonoven Pati||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 52||October 19, 2018||1||3:36||Belton, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||James Horne||TKO (punches)||V3 Fights 69||June 16, 2018||1||0:45||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||3–0||Rafael Celestino||KO (punches)||Titan FC 49||April 6, 2018||1||0:31||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jon Gover||TKO (punches)||PFL Everett||July 29, 2017||1||2:36||Everett, Washington, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Jon Ferrell||Submission (rear-naked choke)||X-1 World Events 45||January 28, 2017||1||2:20||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Heavyweight debut.|
See also Edit
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