CES 51: Sean Soriano Ready to Grab the Belt and Punch his Ticket Back to the UFC
On the night McGregor “earned” his title shot by beating Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 Sean Soriano lost in front of his hometown New England fans and was subsequently released from the UFC. He’s had some ups and downs since then but is now riding a two-fight winning streak coming into this CES 51 Co-main event.
The Featherweight belt is on the line for Soriano as he takes on veteran karate stylist Bruce Boyington.
The native Rhode Islander has been making quite a few trips back and forth between his camp in Florida and his hometown with his last three fights being in his hometown as well as the upcoming one. He’s stuck with the core group of fighters from the Blackzilians like Kamaru Usman, Michael Johnson, Volkan Oezdemir, and Luke Rockhold.
“It’s nice to fight at home a little bit but don’t really care I’ve fought in Singapore and I’ve fought in people’s backyards… it doesn’t matter”
Soriano has had some highlight reel finishes to get to this point in his resurgent career one being a lightning quick submission finish a few months ago vs Jonathan Gray and the other being a brutal leg kick TKO last year vs Jacob Bohn. A win here would give him the CES belt which usually leads to bigger opportunities with the UFC, Bellator, and nowadays Contender Series.
“It’s very important to me I think this is my ticket back to the big show not saying it’s going to be right away but I know the CES belt will get me back to the UFC. I’m open to the Contender Series but I want to get straight back in there I think the UFC knows my skillset they know I’ve never had a boring fight.”
Opposing him will be Bruce Boyington who is 15-11 but has shared the cage with names such as Andre Harrison and beaten Devin Powell who is now in the UFC.
“Not to bash him but… to me, he’s just a flashy kicker with good cardio. I’ve been around the game going against people at a way better level and he’s just a guy with flashy kicks that I have to watch out for. I just gotta do what I do put my pressure throw my leg kicks and chop them down like I usually do.”
If I told you a fighter was 11-5 and had already fought in the UFC but is now back on the regional scene most people would assume you were talking about someone in their mid 30’s. Soriano is still just 28 with plenty of his career in front of him.
“It was like a roller coaster you get so high because you get the call from the UFC and then it’s gone in a second. It’s been hard but thanks god I got that fire to come back. I’m glad that I’m still young that keeps me motivated.”