Thirty-three-year-old Brazilian Johnny Eduardo (25-9) will have to wait awhile longer before making his sophomore appearance inside the UFC Octagon.
Soto, a Mexican immigrant, won his first six fights as a professional. His most recent fight ended in a draw against Seiji Akao (15-4-1) at “Deep – 54 Impact” in June. Outside of the cage Soto works for the U.S. Navy as a dolphin trainer.
At 20-years-old, McDonald is the UFC’s youngest fighter. A WEC transfer, he has won both his bouts inside the Octagon, defeating Edwin Figueroa (8-1) via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 24 in March and then pulling off a split decision victory over Chris Cariaso (12-3) at UFC 130 in May.
See ProMMAnow.com’s (www.prommanow.com) Upcoming Events page for the full UFC 139 fight card line-up. Also, if you are not yet familiar with Soto, check out this promo video from Alchemist Management.