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Alex Soto Makes His UFC Debut Saturday Vs. Michael McDonald

Alex Soto has been around the world, and not due to his current profession of being an MMA fighter. Soto is a former member of the U.S. Army, having served a tour of Afghanistan. Now, along with balancing a career as a fighter, Soto also trains dolphins for the U.S. Navy.

Saturday night, Soto will make his UFC debut against Michael McDonald at UFC 139: Shogun vs. Hendo. The bout will take place on the Spike TV UFC Prelims special that airs before the pay-per-view event.

Soto decided his immediate future was to help protect the country he loved after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

“During the 9/11 attacks, I was scared, and it was a horrible feeling not knowing what was going on,” said Soto, in an interview with “We felt almost helpless, and I wanted to do something about that, so I joined the military right after I graduated from high school, and got to go to Afghanistan and spend a year out there, doing my part.”

After retiring from the Army and taking a job at Sea World working with dolphins, Soto moved into his MMA career. He is 6-0-1, having finished three of his fights via submission.

“I feel extremely lucky, No. 1 to be fighting for the UFC, because there are a ton of great fighters out there,” Soto said. “It’s an honor to fight someone of (McDonald’s) caliber, and I’m ready. I want to perform. I want to leave my mark in that fight.”