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Joe Soto

Joe "One Bad Mofo" Soto
  • Given Name: Joseph Angel Soto
  • MMA Record: 18-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: One Bad Mofo
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1987.03.22
  • Last Fight: February 03, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 65.0" (165cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $252,000 USD
  • Born: Porterville, California
  • Fighting out of: Santa Rosa, California
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Joe Soto MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:06 Round 1 of 3

Br Iuri Alcântara
18-6-0 35-9-0

Br UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2018.02.03
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Osiris Maia
#23 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2018
UFC Fight Night 125 Performance of the Night
Loss | Submission
0:30 Round 1 of 3

Wa Brett Johns
18-5-0 14-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2017.12.01
Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $31,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Mark Smith
#16 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2017
The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Rani Yahya
17-5-0 23-8-0

Br UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2017.03.11
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Camila Albuquerque
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:37 Round 1 of 3

Mx Marco Antonio Beltran
16-5-0 8-3-0

Mx UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 140 lbs

2016.11.05
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 140.0 lbs (63.5 kgs) | Referee: Miguel Jimenez
#45 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
Win | Submission | Choke
3:39 Round 3 of 3, 13:39 Total

Us Chris Beal
15-5-0 10-2-0

Ca UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2016.06.18
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Jerin Valel
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Michinori Tanaka
15-4-0 10-1-0

Us UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2016.01.02
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs (61.5 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:37 Round 1 of 3

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

Us 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
#35 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:20 Round 5 of 5, 22:20 Total

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

Us 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
#48 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
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

Us Terrion Ware
14-2-0 11-1-0

Us 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

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

Us 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

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

Us 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

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

Us 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
4:28 Round 2 of 3, 9:28 Total

Us Chris David
10-2-0 13-10-2

Us TWC 13: Impact
Main Event

2012.01.27
Referee: Cecil Peoples
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Romeo McCovey

Us 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

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

Us 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

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

Us 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
#30 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#30 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
#21 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 1 of 3

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

Us 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

Us Mike Christensen

Us Tachi Palace Fights

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

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

Us 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

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

Us 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

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

Us 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

Us Anthony Luna

Us Gladiator Challenge

2008.11.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Brandon Jinnies

Us Palace Fighting Championship

2008.09.26
Win | Submission | Leglock

Us Darren Crisp Jr.

Us Palace Fighting Championship

2008.07.18
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Us Jared Williams

Us Gladiator Challenge

2006.07.16

Joe Soto Wiki Update Wiki

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.

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