Joe Soto is fighting for the UFC bantamweight championship. No, this is not a joke.
After Renan Barao was forced to withdraw from his rematch in the main event of UFC 177 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California just hours before weigh-ins, Joe Soto has stepped up on less than 24 hours notice to take the lifetime of an opportunity.
Soto (15-2) will be replacing Barao and will face TJ Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title.
Brett Okamato announced the news during a special announcement on ESPN News.
Soto enters the biggest fight of his life on a six-fight winning streak, with his latest win coming earlier this month on Aug. 7.
Interestingly enough, Soto, a California native, was training with Team Alpha Male as recently as June.
Earlier today, Henry Cejudo’s preliminary card bout against Scott Jorgensen was scratched after Cejudo suffered weight-cutting complications of his own. That means two fights have been scrapped within hours of the official weigh-ins.
Credit goes to Joe Soto for stepping up in his UFC debut to fight for the title, but the pay-per-view numbers for the UFC could be an absolute disaster after losing the main event on what was already considered a very weak card.