Two-time KSW champion Roberto Soldic explains signing with ONE over UFC: ‘ONE is something special’

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Roberto Soldic leaves Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW).

During his nine fights with the promotion, “Robocop” established himself as one of the top talents outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). After testing the waters of mixed martial arts (MMA) free agency, Soldic revealed he received an offer that was “good but nothing serious”, ultimately leading him to ONE Championship instead.

“It’s a better opportunity for me,” Soldic told MMA Fighting on MMA hour. “It’s the biggest promotion in the world. You know what happens to UFC stars when they go to ONE. They lose, they can’t take the ONE belt. So that makes me want to be a different fighter. I want to try and take that belt where UFC fighters have failed. They don’t show up. When I watched ONE’s live broadcast, I saw different punching games, grappling games.

“I’ve been to a lot of UFC events as well and ONE is something special, something different,” he continued. “Real martial arts. So I want to try this organization and I will try to take all the belts because before KSW I had four boxing fights. I had a lot of fun in boxing and then to go to MMA, I do everything, then after that KSW said that we might do boxing. We have a Polish champion and it took so long that nothing happened. Only Mr. Chatri gave me this opportunity to be a true martial arts champion.

In the now former KSW middleweight and welterweight champion’s last two losses, he suffered defeat at the hands of current undefeated Bellator champion Yaroslav Amosov and UFC contender Dricus Du Plessis. , against whom Soldic (20-3) scored redemption in an immediate rematch. .

Soldic’s last outing saw him defeat Polish legend Mamed Khalidov to become middleweight champion.

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