MMA Valor Local Corner: Jeremiah Labiano Takes on Joe Soto

| January 6, 2014 | 2:32 pm | Reply

Tachi Fights LogoHayward, California’s own Jeremiah Labiano will look to continue building upon his already impressive resume next month when he takes his toughest opponent to date.

Coming off a first round submission victory over Adam Calderon at TPF 17 back in November of last year, Jeremiah Labiano (6-1) will fight for the vacant Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight title on February 6th in Lemoore, CA at TPF 18. The Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight title was recently vacated by Russell Doane, who made a successful UFC debut at this past weekends UFC Fight Night 34.

To potentially follow in those footsteps Labiano will need to defeat the most decorated opponent he’s fought thus far in his short career. Standing across from Jeremiah Labiano inside the Tachi Palace Fights cage will be the former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto (12-2).

In Bellator’s first season Soto defeated Ben Greer, Wilson Reis and Yahir Reyes to become the then upstart promotions first ever featherweight champion. He would go on to lose in his only title defense when Joe Warren knocked him out at Bellator 27. Since then he’s gone 3-1, including back to back TPF wins heading into the scheduled title fight against Labiano.

Since suffering his only defeated, Jeremiah Labiano has won three in a row and currently also hold the West Coast Fighting Championships bantamweight crown. Adding a second title to his mantle as well as the win over a former champion could put Jeremiah Labiano on the fast track to the World Series of Fighting, Bellator MMA or even the UFC.

TPF 18 Jeremiah Labiano

Complete Tachi Palace Fight 18 Fight Card:

145 lbs. Title Fight: Poppies Martinez (26-9) vs. Chris Culley (17-10)

135 lbs. Title Fight: Joe Soto (12-2) vs. Jeremiah Labiano (6-1)

145 lbs.: Justin Smitley (9-7) vs. Aaron Wetherspoon (9-4)

135 lbs.: Cain Carizosa (6-0) vs. John Reedy (10-5)

185 lbs.: Mickey Martinez (8-6) vs. William Johnson (6-8)

265 lbs.: Manuel Quezada (5-0) vs. Jack May (6-0)

125 lbs.: Luis Gonzalez (2-2) vs. Robert Escalante (4-4)

125 lbs.: Benny Vinson (6-1) vs. Alex Sandoval (6-1)

125 lbs.: Alex Perez (9-2) vs. Eloy Garza (5-1)

135 lbs.: Alex Rojas (3-3) vs. Thomas Vasquez (6-0)

Tachi Palace Fight 18 takes place on February 6th from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased at the venues box office or online by clicking here.

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