Newcomer Sean Soriano gets the call to face Tatsuya Kawajiri

Following an injury to Hacran Dias, the UFC has tapped 8-0

prospect Sean Soriano to step in and face Japanese veteran Tatsuya

Kawajiri at the upcoming

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Sources close to the fight confirmed to FOX Sports that verbal

agreements are in place for Soriano to face Kawajiri on January

4.

Soriano is undefeated thus far in his professional career and

trains out of the Blackzilian camp in South Florida alongside

notable names such as Rashad Evans and Eddie Alvarez.

Thus far in his career, Soriano has only fought on the regional

circuit competing in promotions like CFA out of Florida and in

several cards out of the New England area when he was first

starting out as a fighter.

Now he will travel a few thousand miles away to face the

toughest test of his young career when former PRIDE and DREAM

standout Tatsuya Kawajiri makes his UFC debut after being ranked as

one of the top fighters in the world for most of his career.

UFC officials have not announced the bout yet, but it’s expected

that Kawajiri vs. Soriano will remain on the main card for the

upcoming show in Singapore.