In August, Roberto Soldic sent shockwaves through the mixed martial arts world when he announced he had signed with ONE Championship. As one of the biggest free agents to hit the market in years, it was Soldic’s desire to test his skills in multiple combat sports that ultimately led him to Asian organization MMA.
As fans eagerly await news of Soldic’s first fight inside the Circle, the Croatian behemoth leaves cryptic messages on Instagram, leading fans to speculate on who might share the cage with Soldic in his first appearance. at the ONE Championship.
Originally breaking the news of his signing to the ONE Championship MMA hour with Ariel Helwani, Roberto Soldic said that despite multiple lucrative offers, ONE Championship gave him the best chance to showcase his talents on multiple platforms.
“When I finished the KSW contract, I had so much [offers]including UFC, ONE Championship, and I choose ONE Championship for sure because it’s the greatest in martial arts [organization] in the world. They give me the opportunity to win all the belts – kickboxing world champion, Muay Thai world champion, MMA world champion, also boxing world champion. I want to create something for my people, my own legacy, so I chose ONE Championship for sure.
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Who will meet Roberto Soldic in his first fight under the ONE Championship banner?
The moment Roberto Soldic revealed he had been signed for ONE Championship, fans started speculating who the Croatian would face first. One of the first names, dropped by Soldic himself, was “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez. Soldic’s signing was closely tied to Alvarez’s own comments that he was close to returning to the Circle.
While the match-up certainly looks like an exciting start for Soldic, Zebaztian Kadestam may have quashed those plans after calling out Soldic following an impressive 57-second knockout of Iuri Lapicus at ONE on Prime Video 1. It was Kadestam’s second consecutive first-round stoppage.
The former world welterweight champion is likely in line for a marquee opponent and there isn’t much bigger than Soldic at the moment. Sure, ONE Championship could go in a decidedly different direction, but testing Soldic against a former world champion with back-to-back knockouts makes a lot of sense.