Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov UFC fight info, date and time

Young prospects Punahele Soriano (8-1) and Nick Maximov (7-0) square off in this exciting co-main event at UFC Vegas 47: Hermansson vs Strickland.

After following his impressive first-round KO UFC debut with another knockout win against Dusko Todorovic, Soriano suffered his first career loss in a bruising battle with Brendan Allen in his last fight.

Maximov is undefeated as a pro and won his UFC debut at UFC 266, beating Cody Brundage by decision.

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov betting odds

Punahele Soriano opened as a -195 betting favorite. Placing a bet on Soriano means you would need to bet $195 in order to win $100.

Nick Maximov opened as a +175 underdog. If you bet $100 on Maximov then you would win $175.

Fight information

The fight was first announced by BJPenn.com on November 13th, 2021.

These two up-and-coming prospects will fight in the co-main event at UFC Vegas 47: Hermansson vs Strickland.

Punahele Soriano

After a promising UFC debut at UFC 245, Soriano grappled with a series of injuries that kept him out of the Octagon for over a year. He returned to action with an impressive first-round KO against Dusko Todorovic.

His last fight against Brendan Allen was a bonafide scrap but didn’t go his way, with every major media outlet picks giving Allen the victory. This was Soriano’s first career loss.

Nick Maximov

24-year-old Maximov continued his perfect professional record with a decision victory over Cody Brundage at UFC 266. Over the fight, Maximov showcased his strong grappling skills and dominated on the ground.

Before his UFC debut, Maximov competed in Dana White’s Contender Series. Ordinarily a Middleweight, Maximov went all the way up to Heavyweight and earned a decision win over Oscar Cota.

How they match up

Nick Maximov is the taller and longer fighter with a height of 6”0 and a reach of 76”. Soriano stands 5”11 tall with a reach of 72.5”.

Soriano lands more significant strikes per minute at 4.44 compared to Maximov with 1.70. On the contrary, Maximov lands double the takedowns with an average of 3.00 per 15 minutes.

Maximov is the significantly younger fighter at just 24 years old, while Soriano is 29.

Reasons to watch

Punehele Soriano has one-punch knockout power in his hands, as he demonstrated in his first two UFC fights. In the blink of an eye, he can put any opponent out.

As a Nick/Nate Diaz protege, Maximov brings a precocious understanding of jiu-jitsu to the Octagon. He will have to get past Soriano’s perfect TD defence to get the submission.

The odds are this fight pans out as a striker vs grappler matchup. However, after training at several boxing gyms, Maximov told the AllStar that we may be “surprised” by his hands in this fight.

The stakes

Soriano is looking to bounce back from his first career loss and continue his impressive UFC start. While Maximov isn’t a huge scalp, it will prove that Soriano can see off formidable grapplers and submission artists.

Maximov’s unbeaten professional record is at stake. With just one fight in the UFC so far, a big win at UFC Vegas 47 and Maximov could be the next ‘Nick Diaz Army’ soldier to shoot to stardom.

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov predictions

Most predictions on this fight will hinge on whether or not it goes to the ground. Maximov, despite his young age, is an exceptional jiu-jitsu practitioner.

Soriano’s main threat lies in his heavy hands. If he can keep the fight standing, his polished striking skills are likely to get him the win.

Maximov told The AllStar:

“Puna is dangerous. He has a wild, dangerous, crazy style.”

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov picks

Maximov picks a late-finish against Soriano. His predictions have him winning in the second or third-round.

Make your Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov picks here.

Co-main event

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov is set to go down at UFC Vegas 47: Hermansson vs. Strickland at 11:00pm EST on Saturday 5th February 2022 in a 185lbs matchup.

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov betting odds

Punahele Soriano opened as a -195 betting favorite. Placing a bet on Soriano means you would need to bet $195 in order to win $100.

Nick Maximov is a +175 underdog. If you bet $100 on Maximov then you would win $175.

Where to bet on Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov

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Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov tale of the tape

  • Significant 5 year age difference: Maximov is the younger fighter at 24 years old.
  • Maximov has a significant 4 inch reach advantage.
  • Soriano has 2 more professional MMA fights than Maximov.
Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov
29 Age 24
9 Fights 7
8 Wins 7
1 Losses  
5 KO’s 2
2 Subs 3
5′ 11 Height (in) 6′ 0
72.5 Reach (in) 76
 

Nick Maximov fighter profile and recent form

Nick Maximov is a 24 year old male fighter from United States with 7 pro wins and losses. See Nick Maximov’s full MMA record.

Recent form for Nick Maximov

Nick Maximov has a 72% finish rate, including 2 by knockout, 3 by submission, 2 by decision.

Nick Maximov is currently riding a 7 fight win streak.

Betting Odds

Think Nick Maximov gets the upset win?

+175

Last 5 bouts

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Weight class Org
 

Win

6-0-0 Cody Brundage
DEC
R3 5:00
UFC 266 2021-09-25 Middleweight UFC
 

Win

5-0-0 Oscar Cota
DEC
R3 5:00
Contender Series 2020 2020-11-17 Heavyweight DWCS
 

Win

4-0-0 Johnny James Jr.
SUB
R2 4:01
LFA 91 2020-09-11 Light Heavyweight LFA
 

Win

3-0-0 Robert Allensworth
SUB
R1 1:37
KOTC 2020-01-11 Light Heavyweight KOTC
 

Win

2-0-0 William Hope
KO/TKO
R1 1:35
High Desert Brawl 14 2019-08-10 Light Heavyweight PC

Punahele “Puna” Soriano fighter profile and recent form

Punahele Soriano is a 29 year old male fighter from United States with 8 pro wins and 1 losses. See Punahele Soriano’s full MMA record.

Recent form for Punahele Soriano

Punahele Soriano has a 88% finish rate, including 5 by knockout, 2 by submission, 1 by decision.

Punahele Soriano is looking to get back to winning ways after a loss at the hands of Brendan Allen at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw.

Betting Odds

Think the favorite Punahele Soriano gets win?

-195

Last 5 bouts

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Weight class Org
 

Loss

8-0-0 Brendan Allen
DEC
R3 5:00
UFC Fight Night 2021-07-24 Middleweight UFC
 

Win

7-0-0 Duško Todorović
KO/TKO
R1 4:48
UFC on ABC 1 2021-01-16 Middleweight UFC
 

Win

6-0-0 Oskar Piechota
KO/TKO
R1 3:17
UFC 245 2019-12-14 Middleweight UFC
 

Win

5-0-0 Jamie Pickett
DEC
R3 5:00
Contender Series 2019 2019-06-18 Middleweight DWCS
 

Win

4-0-0 Jhonoven Pati
SUB
R1 3:36
LFA 52 2018-10-19 Middleweight LFA

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov is set to go down at UFC Vegas 47 – Hermansson vs. Strickland. The fight is expected to start at around 11:00pm EST on Saturday 5th February 2022.

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Michael is a lifelong fight fan and martial artist. He has been in the MMA world for over a decade as an athlete and analyst. A consummate student of the game, Michael lives and breathes fight sports.

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