MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Joe Soto returns against Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza

480 Joe Soto returns against Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza UFC officials announced Tuesday that a bantamweight matchup pitting former Bellator champion Joe Soto and Rani Yahya is set for UFC Fight Night 106 on March 11th. Soto (17-5) heads into this matchup off back-to-back submission victories over Chris Beal and Marco Antonio Beltran. Previously, Soto went 0-3 in the UFC, including a loss to TJ Dillashaw in a short-notice title fight. Yahya (23-8, 1 No-Contest) is undefeated in five fights and last saw action when he earned a unanimous-decision win over Michinori Tanaka at UFC Fight Night 95. UFC Fight Night 106 takes place in Fortaleza, Brazil. Here’s an updated look at the card… Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum Mauricio Rua vs. Gian Villante Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means Michel Prazeres vs. Josh Burkman Francisco Trinaldo vs. Kevin Lee Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak Rani Yahya vs. Joe Soto Sergio Moraes vs. Max Griffin Paulo Henrique Costa vs. Garreth McLellan Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg Legacy FC middleweight champion Rafael Lovato signs with Bellator According to MMAFighting, Rafael Lovato, Jr. has joined Bellator MMA. Lovato (4-0) won the Legacy FC middleweight title back at Legacy FC 54, knocking out Marcelo Nunes in the second round. The 33-year-old has remained undefeated in his MMA career, earning three of his four career wins by stoppage. Lovato will make his promotional debut against Wayman Carter (6-4) at Bellator 174.

Written by James Lynch

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