Soldic explained that the biggest reason for this signing was the opportunity to fight for multiple championships across multiple combat sports: MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Boxing. In something that was totally unique to what any other promotion could offer, Soldic said, “This is the biggest challenge for me…I want all the belts in all combat sports.”
In what has become the biggest free agent signing since Dana White signed Michael Chandler, many believed that Roberto Soldic was going to end up with the world’s biggest MMA promotion, the UFC.
Fighting in Poland’s biggest promotion, Soldic was the reigning welterweight and middleweight champion at the time of his signing and will now vacate them both.
ONE Championship Gives Roberto Soldic a Great Opportunity to Spread His Wings
The biggest opportunity for Roberto Soldic was to fight early and often. Being able to move around in different weight classes and combat sports, this was a “no-brainer” for the Croatian. “I choose because this is the biggest martial arts in the world ONE [Championship]”. Soldic stated that the offer from the UFC was good, but “nothing serious.” The MMA community appears to believe the brass out in Vegas may have dropped the ball on the signing. Hoping to fight by the end of 2022, Soldic is already calling his shots in terms of his first opponent.
Asking for former Bellator and UFC world champion Eddie Alvarez first as opposed to going straight for a belt, Soldic wants to remain humble and ease himself into the ONE system, getting acclimated to the new environment. In what is a long-term contract, there is plenty of time for Soldic to grow and garner the experience he wants within the promotion.
For many people that were looking forward to seeing Soldic in the UFC and fighting against the top competition, it may seem like a sad day, but with their expansion into the USA with Amazon Prime, fans in North America will be able to see Soldic compete under the global promotion.
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