Roberto Soldic’s ONE Championship career has not really started. His first fight ended in a no contest with the Croatian unable to continue after being struck by a low blow.
It means fans have yet to see anything of a fighter who arrived with a lot of hype. Soldic is the former KSW welterweight and middleweight champion and has dominated opponents on the European scene.
But for fans who don’t know what to expect from Soldic he claims to be the complete package,
“I’m a complete fighter. I can do everything. I always plan to keep moving forward and destroy these guys.”
— Roberto Soldic (@Soldic_MMA) March 30, 2023
At ONE Fight Night 10 he faces former welterweight champion Zebaztian Kadestam. His opponent needs no introduction to long term fans of the promotion and Soldic is excited about the prospect of facing such a high profile opponent.
“He brings a lot of motivation for me. Of course, I’m a double champion from KSW, and he’s a former ONE world champion.”
With Kadestam having fought ten times for ONE Championship there is plenty of footage for Soldic to pore over. He knows what to expect from the Swedish striking specialist,
“I see that he’s a good striker, he has good elbows and good knees. He always tries to put on a show.”
But having fought 24 times in the past 11 years Soldid thinks he has seen it all before,
“It’s nothing new for me, really. I have been in so many bad positions and good positions (that) I’m ready for anything.”
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Having signed for ONE Championship he knows exactly what he wants to achieve. Soldic has his sights set on the welterweight title that is currently the property of Christian Lee,
“I want to be a ONE world champion badly. This is really a big thing for me.”
Kadestam’s six ONE Championship wins have all come inside the distance. Soldic knows that his opponent is going to be aggressive and will attack relentlessly.
This plays right into the Croatian’s hands and Soldic is hoping that Kadestam tries to trade strikes with him,
“He is a kill-or-be-killed type of guy (but)t’s not good for him if he does this with me. If he stands a lot with me, that will be a big problem (for him.”
Kadestam only knows one way to fight and Soldic believes he can beat the former champion at his own game. That might explain why matchmakers were so keen to get this fight on the promotion’s US debut and the 28 year old will be looking to make a big impression after his disappointing debut.