by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
(Photo courtesy CombatLifestyle.com)
Someone’s “O” has got to go.
This is the simple, yet true statement that sums up the forthcoming Bellator FC fight between up and coming featherweights Joe Soto and Wilson Reis on May 8 at the Central Pavilion Arena in Robstown, Texas.
Both fighters have proven their worth so far by going undefeated in their young careers, but perhaps surprisingly it’s been Soto who has been the more impressive in his ring time.
Unlike Reis, who has had problems finishing opponents, he has yet to exit the first round in any of his fights and looks poised to become the favorite to take Bellator’s 145-pound tournament.
“For myself, it doesn’t matter if I fight a guy 7-0 or 0-7,” said Soto. “I always go in to fight hard.
“As far as my own record, I want to keep it blemish free and undefeated. I want to win fights, and I want to win them big. I want to finish fights.”
Having dispatched Canadian favorite Ben Greer just a couple weeks ago in the first round of the featherweight tournament, Soto is firmly affixed on toppling yet another highly regarded prospect in Reis.
“I’m just happy to compete against him and put my skill set against his skill set and see who comes out on top,” he stated.
“I’m just looking to showcase all my skills, whether it be on my feet or on the ground. I’m just really looking forward to people seeing me and my techniques, and how good of a fighter I am.”
Soto feels his style matches up well with Wilson, and could turn the fight completely in his favor if given the opportunity.
“I think it could be a really fun fight,” he commented. “It could have a lot of action, maybe on the floor, or I think it may be just one-sided.
“I think I can go in there and dominate. It can go either way; we’ll see.”
While winning the Bellator tournament could be a big step in forwarding his career, Soto keeps his mind on what’s directly in front of him, not wanting to fall into the trap of looking beyond anyone.
“I’m definitely focusing on one fight at a time, but I definitely want to win the tournament, too,” he said. “Right now I’m just focused so much on the tournament that I’m not really thinking about afterwards.
“I’m just focused on these two fights. And then after the tournament’s done, we’ll talk to my management and see what’s next.”
When two top, young, undefeated fighters go at it, excitement is the name of the game, and that’s exactly how Soto wants it as he makes his way toward the Bellator featherweight crown.
“I want to thank Nor Cal Fighting Alliance, Full Tilt Poker, Fairtex and all my sponsors,” he said. “Definitely fans should come check out show, because I’ve finished everybody in the first round so far, and I plan on doing that again on May 8.”