Punahele Soriano

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Scheduled for welterweight fight
WelterweightUFC
April 11, 2024
Soriano is scheduled to compete against Miguel Baeza in a welterweight fight at the UFC Apex's June 8 event, per Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
After logging only one win across his last five fights, Soriano will drop a weight class in the hopes of finding some success. For his first bout, he is scheduled against an experienced veteran but one coming off a two-year layoff after a three-fight losing streak.
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Falls to 1-4 in past five fights
WelterweightUFC
December 2, 2023
Soriano lost to Dustin Stoltzfus via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:10 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Austin, Texas.
ANALYSIS
This type of effort as upwards of a -350 favorite, when, combined with his recent struggles, could be more than enough to cost Soriano his roster spot. Puna has legitimate power, but his takedown defense is awful, and he's never been able to generate any type of secondary offense if his power shots aren't landing. He gave up four takedowns to Dustin on seven attempts and was eventually finished off via rear-naked choke late in Round 2. Soriano began his UFC run with back-to-back wins, but is just 1-4 in five fights since.
Fighting Dustin Stoltzfus
WelterweightUFC
September 20, 2023
Soriano (undisclosed) will fight Dustin Stoltzfus on Dec. 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Soriano withdrew from his fight against Sedriques Dumas set for June 24 for unknown reasons but he'll be back in action against Stoltfus on Dec. 2. Soriano is 3-3 since joining the UFC while Stoltzfus is 1-4 in his last five games.
No longer facing Dumas
WelterweightUFC
June 15, 2023
Soriano will no longer take on Sedriques Dumas at UFC Jacksonville on June 24, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Soriano is out of the contest for currently unclear reasons. Regardless, Cody Brundage has stepped in to take his place against Dumas.
Taking on Sedriques Dumas
WelterweightUFC
April 21, 2023
Soriano agreed to fight Sedriques Dumas in a middleweight bout at UFC Jacksonville on June 24, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Soriano is 3-3 since he joined the UFC in 2019 but has lost three of his past four bouts, so this matchup could be critical for his future in the promotion. Dumas came up through Dana White's Contender Series and lost his UFC debut to Josh Fremd in March.
Struggles continue in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
January 14, 2023
Soriano lost to Roman Kopylov via TKO (strikes) at 3:19 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Simply put, these are the type of fights Soriano cannot afford to lose. Entering as a slight -140 favorite, Puna wasn't all that competitive against an opponent in Kopylov that has had his own struggles of late. Soriano has real power, but he's extremely reckless on the feet, and his cardio is questionable. He essentially never had a chance of a comeback in this fight because he was too tired. Referee Kerry Hatley mercifully pulled the plug midway through Round 2. It was only going to get worse from there. Soriano began his UFC run with back-to-back knockout wins, but he's lost three of four since, and there's certainly a chance his roster spot could be at risk.