WATCH: Bizarre Moment From UFC Brazil Has MMA Fans Scratching Their Heads
Former Bellator MMA champion Joe Soto took a unanimous decision over Rani Yahya on the preliminary portion of the UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum card at at the Olympic Training Center in Fortaleza, Brazil today.
Soto (18-5, 3-3 UFC) dominated the judges scorecards with a 29-28, 29-27 and 29-27 unanimous decision.
Yahya (23-9, 8-3 UFC), despite his strong wrestling pedigree was surprisingly aggressive on the feet, as he controlled much of the first round with knees, punches and kicks. However, his attacking style came at a price with both men clashing heads in the middle stanza, resulting in a serious gash to Soto’s scalp. Blood poured from the wound, but a deteriorating Yahya could not capitalize.
Yahya struggled to recover and Soto managed to take control in Round 2 that spilled over into the third. There, the Californian sprawled on a takedown, assumed top position and dropped elbows and punches. A late Soto takedown squashed a potential rally from the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
Whilst Soto, 29, has now pieced together a three-fight winning streak, the post fight talk has been dominated with a bizarre moment from the end of the fight. Soto appears to thrust his hips in a move that will no doubt have boxing fans excited at the prospect of renewing their calls that MMA is just a sport for closet homosexuals.
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