Undefeated middleweight Punahele Soriano has received a new opponent for his July 24th booking, now being booked to face Brendan Allen. News of the matchup was first reported by Mike Heck of MMA Fighting.
The bout joins a card that does not have a confirmed location at the moment.
Soriano was first expected to meet Anthony Hernandez in June, although he is now being given a new opponent after injury forced Hernandez out of the fight.
Soriano has won both of his UFC appearances within a round, stopping Oskar Piechota and Dusko Todorovic with strikes. The 28-year-old joined the UFC in 2019 after a win on “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Allen will be stepping into the fight in search of his fourth UFC win. Allen returned to the win column in April stopping Karl Roberson late in the first round with strikes.
Allen was competing for the first time since he took his first promotional loss in November to Sean Strickland. Prior to then, he had quickly attained three UFC wins since 2019.
A bantamweight matchup between Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw is currently expected to headline UFC’s July 24th card. Here is how the card looks at the moment.
Bout 11: Cory Sandhagen (14-2) vs. TJ Dillashaw (16-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 10: Aspen Ladd (9-1) vs. Macy Chiasson (7-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 9: Maycee Barber (8-2) vs. Miranda Maverick (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Trevin Jones (13-6) vs. Tony Kelley (7-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 7: Raphael Assuncao (27-8) vs. Kyler Phillips (9-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 6: Adrian Yanez (13-3) vs. Randy Costa (6-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 5: Mickey Gall (6-3) vs. Jordan Williams (9-4) (Welterweight)
Bout 4: Ian Heinisch (14-4) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (9-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Julio Arce (16-4) vs. Andre Ewell (17-7) (Bantamweight)
Bout 2: Darren Elkins (25-9) vs. Darrick Minner (26-11) (Featherweight)
Bout 1: Punahele Soriano (8-0) vs. Brendan Allen (16-4) (Middleweight)