Joe Soto is having a wild 24 hours, starting with him fighting lower on the UFC 177 card to all of a sudden being put into the main event against T.J. Dillashaw for the title. Joe Soto explained what he is thinking, feeling and what he needs to do come Saturday night:
“You’ve got to step up when you’ve got opportunities, and I was ready for that, thank God. I was in really good shape. I lost that pound in 15 minutes.”
It’s surreal a little bit, but I’m a professional. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve got 17 fights, a lot of title fights. I’ve been in this position before…Not this crazy of a position. But a position when I first got into Bellator. They didn’t ever think I was going to win a title, and I did. So I’ve won titles when I was not expected to win.”
UFC 177 goes down this Saturday night (8/30) on PPV, Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass. The main event will be TJ Dillashaw Vs. Joe Soto, the co-main event will see Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson. The event airs from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The show starts with Cain Carriozsa vs. Chris Wade at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass. The rest of the prelim side of this card starts at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 with Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak. The real fights with the main card at 10 p.m. ET with Damon Jackson vs. Yancy Medeiros on pay-per-view. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.