The second round of the Bellator Fighting Championships’ featherweight Grand Prix is set to kick off on Friday, May 8 in Texas. One of the featured bouts will pit former EliteXC bantamweight champion Wilson Reis vs. former All-American wrestler Joe Soto.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the featherweight Grand Prix semifinal matchup on Wednesday morning after speaking with a source close to Reis.
Both fighters are undefeated with Reis having improved to 7-0 and Soto moving to 5-0 during the first round of the tournament. Reis’ opening round win came on April 10 against Henry Martinez following a unanimous decision. Meanwhile, Soto upped his record to 5-0 after recording a first round TKO over Ben Greer at 3:40 of round 1 during Bellator’s inaugural event on April 3.
Reis received his black belt from Roberto Godoi at the age of 18 and has won first place titles while competing in prestigious grappling tournaments such as the Mundials and the Arizona Open. The 24-year old is currently a trainer at Jared Weiner’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United in Jenkintown, PA and holds notable wins in his MMA career over Zach Makovsky, Bryan Caraway, and Abel Cullum.
The 22-year old Soto trains under Cesar Gracie black belt David Terrell at the NorCal Fighting Alliance in Santa Rosa, Calif. All five of Soto’s victories have come via stoppages in the first round with the combined fight time of all five wins totaling just eight minutes and 43 seconds.