After picking up the biggest win of his career, Anthony Hernandez has welcomed a rescheduled bout with another undefeated fighter.
MMA Junkie today learned from two people with knowledge of the booking that “Fluffy” will face middleweight prospect Punahele Soriano at an upcoming UFC Fight Night event on June 26 at a location yet to be determined. The people requested anonymity because UFC officials have yet to make a formal announcement.
The two Dana White’s Contender Series veterans were originally scheduled to meet this past May, but Soriano was ultimately forced to withdraw from that event.
Hernandez (7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) last saw action in February, scoring a shocking submission win over Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Rodolfo Vieira. The result over a previously unbeaten fighter saw the 27-year-old take home a “Performance of the Night” bonus, as well as MMA Junkie’s “Submission of the Month.”
Meanwhile, Soriano (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has had some frustrating delays in his UFC career since earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019. However, he has registered a pair of first-round stoppages in his two octagon appearances to date and remains perfect in his professional career.
With the addition to the card, the June 26 event now includes:
Maxim Grishin vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Anthony Hernandez vs. Punahele Soriano