Regretfully we have to report that yet another talented young MMA fighter’s career may be in jeopardy due to a detached retina.
23 year-old former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto follows in the footsteps of the UFC’s Alan Belcher as the latest fighter to undergo surgery for the problem.
Soto experienced vision problems after his unsuccessful title defence against Joe Warren at Bellator 27 at the start of the month, and was rushed into surgery on Wednesday after being diagnosed with a detached retina.
“There’s a good possibility that this is career impacting,” Soto’s manager Tom Call told MMAjunkie earlier today.
“The kind of surgery he’s having could cause some other problems like cataracts and things of that nature that have to be corrected,” he said. “They can’t all be done at the same time.”
The young fighter now faces a year’s wait before a crucial second eye operation, and only after that will he be able to evaluate whether he will be able to continue his career.
Soto had entered into the cage against Warren just weeks ago with a perfect 9-0 record, hoping to successfully defend the belt he claimed in season 1. The first round went perfectly as Soto completely dominated the wrestler with his superior striking and came close to finishing the fight.
Things quickly changed at the start of the second however when Warren sent him reeling back with a flush punch to the face, and then went on to overwhelm him with a powerful knee and more punches that left him KO’d on the canvas.
Despite the loss there’s no question that Soto is a talented and exciting fighter, and as with Alan Belcher we’d like to wish him all the best in his recovery from this injury.