KSW Kingpin Roberto Soldic Confirms Move To ONE Championship

Roberto Soldic
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Two-division KSW champion, Roberto Soldic has confirmed a move to the Chatri Sityodtong-led ONE Championship organization, as the Bosnian-born striker departs the European outfit following a five-year tenure with the promotion.

Boasting an impressive 20-3 professional record, Roberto Soldic headlined KSW 65 back in December of last year most recently, defeating promotional favorite, Mamed Khaliov to scoop the undisputed middleweight championship – adding to his welterweight spoils.

Roberto Soldic had been continually linked with a move to the UFC

In the time since, Soldic has been linked continually with a move to the UFC, after expressing his interest in fighting under the Dana White-led banner. And talks between the promotion and Soldic had taken place in London during a March event for the organization.

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However, despite interest from the UFC, Soldic confirmed during an appearance on The MMA Hour this Monday evening with Ariel Helwani, that he had put pen to paper on a multi-fight deal with ONE Championship. 

Soldic, 27, is currently riding an impressive seven-fight winning spree, including his December knockout win over Khalidov. And also holds a rematch knockout success against surging UFC middleweight contender, Dricus Du Plessis. 

Competing under the Graham Boylan-led, Cage Warriors organizational banner on a sole occasion back in October 2017, Roberto Soldic defeated Lewis Long with a 40-second high kick knockout win in Wales. 

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Speaking on his move to the Chatri Sityodtong-led outfit, Soldic confirmed that he had received some assurances that he would be allowed to compete in professional boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai – as well as professional mixed martial arts, as he notes his aspirations to land championships and titles in as many combat sports as possible. 

Landing 20 professional victories, Soldic, a decorated and renowned kickboxer, has landed a whopping 17 career knockout triumphs. Soldic successfully defended his welterweight title on two occasions with KSW before securing the middleweight crown with his December KO over Khalidov.

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