Sean Soriano will start his second run in the UFC with a fight against Christos Giagos at UFC’s May 15th pay-per-view event. Soriano will be replacing Joe Alvarez, who has withdrawn from the fight, as first reported by John Morgan and Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
The new matchup joins the UFC 262 lineup, which is set to happen at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA.
Soriano last appeared in the UFC during a three-fight run from 2014 to 2015. He departed the promotion after losing three consecutive bouts.
He now gets his return to the UFC after a strong run on the regional scene recently. Soriano is currently on a three-fight win streak that includes a stoppage win in both CFFC and UAE Warriors.
Soriano is matched against Giagos, who is returning after earning a win against Carlton Minus last year on scorecards. Giagos currently holds a UFC record of three wins and two losses since signing onto the promotion in 2018.
A fight between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship is currently set to headline UFC 262. Here is how the lineup looks with the new bout in place.
Bout 13: Charles Oliveira (30-8) vs. Michael Chandler (22-5) (Vacant UFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 12: Tony Ferguson (25-5) vs. Beneil Dariush (20-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 11: Gina Mazany (7-4) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (9-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 10: Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) vs. Viviane Araujo (10-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 9: Andrea Lee (11-5) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Shane Burgos (13-2) vs. Edson Barboza (21-9) (Featherweight)
Bout 7: Jamie Pickett (11-5) vs. Jordan Wright (11-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 6: Jack Hermansson (21-6) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 5: Jacare Souza (26-9) vs. Andre Muniz (20-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Mike Grundy (12-2) vs. Lando Vannata (11-5-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 3: Kevin Aguilar (17-4) vs. Tucker Lutz (11-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Matt Schnell (15-5) vs. Rogerio Bontorin (16-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Christos Giagos (18-8) vs. Sean Soriano (14-6) (Lightweight)