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In the UFC 262 curtain-jerker, Giagos (19-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) choked Soriano (14-7 MMA, 0-4 UFC) unconscious to win at the 3:59 mark of Round 2.
UFC 262 took place Saturday at Toyota Center in Houston. The main card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
The opening round started out competitively but quickly shifted in the favor of Soriano. One of the lead striking coaches at world-renowned gym Sanford MMA, Soriano displayed crisp boxing, which he complemented with slick kicks. In Round 1, Soriano stunned Giagos on multiple occasions. His success continued into Round 2 until a wild scramble landed him on his back with Giagos in side control.
Within seconds, Giagos locked in a deep D’Arce choke, his legs wrapped around Soriano’s left one. After a brief struggle, Soriano went to sleep and the fight was waved off.
After the victory, Giagos called for a fight against former UFC lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone (36-16-1 MMA, 29-16-1 UFC), whom UFC president Dana White is allowing one more opportunity to compete.
“I just want to say really quick, I know ‘Cowboy’ is looking for his retirement fight. I would love nothing more. I’ve been a huge fan for a long time. I’d love nothing more than to fight ‘Cowboy’ for his retirement fight. If you want to dance, let’s play.”