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"One Bad Mofo"

15-4-0

Joe Soto

Joe "One Bad Mofo" Soto
  • Given Name: Joseph Angel Soto
  • MMA Record: 15-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: One Bad Mofo
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 28 | Date of Birth: 1987.03.22
  • Last Fight: June 06, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 65.0" (165cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $201,000 USD
  • Born: Porterville, California
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Santa Rosa, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Joe Soto attended Iowa Central Community College on an athletic scholarship and wrestled alongside Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez. Jones and Soto were roommates for their freshmen and sophomore years. Soto would begin his career with four straight finishes before signing on with Bellator for their first event and the featherweight tournament. He would make it to the finals defeating Ben Greer and Wilson Reis before finishing Yahir Reyes to earn the first featherweight title for the promotion.

He would pick up another win for the promotion over Diego Saraiva in a non title bout and would then lose his title to Joe Warren in his first loss. He would leave the promotion after that fighting for Tachi Palace Fights losing his second straight to Eddie Yagin. He would bounce back with 2 wins for another promotion before coming back to Tachi to rip off four straight wins including a win over Jeremiah Labiano for the vacant bantamweight title.

Soto would then get his shot at the UFC when he was scheduled to face Anthony Birchak at UFC 177. However due to the cancellation of the T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barão title fight Soto would step in at the last minute to get a shot at TJ. Soto was a huge underdog but put up a great effort against the champ before being finished by Dillashaw in the fifth round.


10 months after facing Dillashaw, Soto fought Anthony Birchak, at UFC Fight Night 68: Boetsch vs. Henderson. Birchak came out in an explosive fashion, as he was looking for his first victory in the UFC. Soto was rocked twice before finally being knocked out cold at 1:37 in Round 1.

Last updated 06.06.2015, 11:54 PM ET
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Joe Soto MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:37 Round 1 of 3

Anthony Birchak
15-3-0 10-2-0

UFC Fight Night 68: Boetsch vs. Henderson
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2015.06.06
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Maino feat. T-Pain - All of the Above
#34 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:20 Round 5 of 5, 22:20 Total

T.J. Dillashaw
15-2-0 10-2-0

UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto
Main Event | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135

2014.08.30
Odds: +750 (Huge Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Maino ft. T-Pain - All of the Above
UFC 177 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Anthony Birchak UFC 177 2014.08.30
Reason: Soto moved to title fight
Win | Submission
2:48 Round 3 of 3, 12:48 Total

Terrion Ware
14-2-0 11-2-0

Tachi PF 20: Night of Champions
Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.08.07
Weigh-In: 134.8 lbs (61.1 kgs) | Referee: Jason McCoy
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:16 Round 3 of 5, 14:16 Total

Jeremiah Labiano
13-2-0 7-1-0

Tachi PF 18: Martinez vs. Culley
Co-Main Event | Vacant Title | Bantamweight | 135

2014.02.06
Weigh-In: 134.8 lbs (61.1 kgs) | Referee: Mark Lawley
Win | Submission | Choke
4:36 Round 2 of 3, 9:36 Total

Cory Vom Baur
12-2-0 6-2-0

Tachi PF 17: Papazian vs. Doane
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2013.11.14
Referee: Jason McCoy
Cancelled Bout Bernard Turner Tachi PF 16 2013.08.22
Win | Submission | Choke
2:01 Round 2 of 3, 7:01 Total

Chad George
11-2-0 14-6-0

Tachi PF 13: Unfinished Business
Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2012.05.10
Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Jason McCoy
Win | Submission | Choke

Chris David

California Regional

2012.01.27
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Romeo McCovey

California Regional

2011.10.15
Cancelled Bout Eduardo Dantas Bellator 51 2011.09.24
Reason: Soto Removed
Loss | Submission
2:00 Round 1 of 5

Eddie Yagin
9-1-0 14-4-1

Tachi PF 10: Let the Chips Fall
Main Card | Vacant Title | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.08.05
Odds: -640 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 143.4 lbs (65.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:33 Round 2 of 5, 5:33 Total

Joe Warren
9-0-0 5-1-0

Bellator 27
Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 145

2010.09.02
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 144.8 lbs (65.7 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
#18 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
#32 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
#33 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 1 of 3

Diego Saraiva
8-0-0 19-11-1

Bellator 19
Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.05.20
Odds: -588 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 145.8 lbs (66.1 kgs) | Referee: Jon Schorle
Win | Submission | Choke

Mike Christensen

Tachi Palace Fights

2009.10.08
Win | Submission | Choke
4:11 Round 2 of 5, 9:11 Total

Yahir Reyes
6-0-0 14-5-0

Bellator 10
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 145 lbs

2009.06.05
Odds: -275 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($40K Base, $60K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs)
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Wilson Reis
5-0-0 7-0-0

Bellator 6
Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 145 lbs

2009.05.08
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs (66.0 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:40 Round 1 of 3

Ben Greer
4-0-0 11-4-0

Bellator 1
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 145 lbs

2009.04.03
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $25,000 ($10K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Frank Gentile
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Anthony Luna

Gladiator Challenge

2008.11.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Brandon Jinnies

Palace Fighting Championship

2008.09.26
Win | Submission | Leglock

Darren Crisp Jr.

Palace Fighting Championship

2008.07.18
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Jared Williams

Gladiator Challenge

2006.07.16

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