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Joe Soto gets opportunity of his career

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SACRAMENTO — Joe Soto wasn’t ready when he got the call that the UFC needed him to step in for Renan Barao against TJ Dillashaw for the bantamweight title on 24 hours’ notice. Like, literally, he wasn’t ready. He was stark naked, lying on the floor of his hotel bathroom. I had just got done making 136 pounds for my [original] fight, Soto said. My team told me, ‘Dude, the UFC is trying to call you. Better answer before you get cut.’ The matchmakers said they wanted me to go down to the lobby, that it was an emergency.

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