UFC signs Rhode Island native Sean Soriano

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

UFC just recently signed Providence, RI native Sean Soriano.  Soriano is 8-0-0 in his career, and after starting his career with American Top Team, has now moved to the Blackzilians training camp.  Soriano steps in on short notice, replace the injured Hacran Dias, against promotional newcomer but longtime MMA veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Soriano started his career fighting for local promotions CFX, AFO, & CES before moving full time to Florida.  Recently he has been competing in the CFA and was their current Interim Featherweight Champion.

Kawajiri (32-7-2) is a longtime MMA veteran that has not yet fought inside the Octagon.  After a long career as a Lightweight, Kawajiri moved down to 145 and has been undefeated in 5 fights, and riding a 6 fight win streak overall.  He last competed on New Years Eve, defeating UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa.  He also holds wins over notables Joachim Hansen, Drew Fickett, Josh Thomson, JZ Cavalcante, & Yves Edwards.  Kawajiri has previously fought for both the Dream & Strikeforce Lightweight belts, losing to Shinya Aoki & Gilbert Melendez respectively.

The fight will be held at Fight Night 34 on January 4 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.  The event will be streamed live on the new UFC digital network. Details about the network will come out in the future.  The full lineup of the event is below

  • Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Sean Soriano
  • Luiz Dutra vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
  • Kyung Ho Kang vs. Sunichi Shimizu
  • Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
  • Dustin Kimura vs. Jon Delos Reyes
  • Will Chope vs. Max Holloway
  • David Galera vs. Royston Wee
  • Tae Hyun Bang vs. Mairbek Taisumov

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