Punahele Soriano’s (7-0) second UFC fight will happen in March, against Eric Spicely (12-5) on the UFC on ESPN 8 card.
First reported by Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie, it was reported on Sunday morning that the matchup was made.
Soriano made an explosive debut in the UFC at UFC 245 in December, stopping Oskar Piechota within a round. The fight extended his professional MMA record to an undefeated 7-0.
The Hawaiian fighter earned his UFC contract via TV series Dana White’s Contender Series, winning on the first episode of the third season.
Yorgan de Casto, who won on the same Dana White’s Contender Series episode of Soriano is fighting on the card as well, facing Greg Hardy.
Spicely’s last fight was a loss to Deron Winn via decision in June. The fight was his return fight to the UFC, having a two-fight stint in CES during 2019. Previously, Spicely had a 2-4 record in the UFC.
UFC on ESPN 8 is set to take place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, USA, on March 28th, with Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruick headlining the card.
Here’s how the full card looks so far:
Bout 1: Francis Ngannou (14-3) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruick (10-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Raphael Assuncao (27-7) vs. Cody Garbrandt (11-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Greg Hardy (5-2) vs. Yorgan De Castro (6-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Khalil Rountree (8-4) vs. Sam Alvey (33-13) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Tecia Torres (10-5) vs. Mizuki (14-5) (Strawweight)
Bout 6: Aspen Ladd (9-1) vs. Julianna Pena (9-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 7: Carlos Felipe (8-0) vs. Jeff Hughes (10-3) (Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Davey Grant (9-4) vs. Louis Smolka (16-6) (Bantamweight)
Bout 9: Randy Costa (5-1) vs. Martin Day (9-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 10: Punahele Soriano (7-0) vs. Eric Spicely (12-5) (Middleweight)