Roberto Soldić (Croatian pronunciation: [roberto soldiɕ]; born 25 January 1995) is a Croatian mixed martial artist[1] and professional boxer,[2][3] competing in ONE Championship. Before turning 26, Soldić won five belts in five different European MMA promotions including Middleweight and Welterweight Championships in Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW), Final Fight Championship (FFC) and Superior FC and was considered one of the biggest fighting sports prospects from Southeast Europe before losing to Zebaztian Kadestam in 2023.[4][5]

Roberto Soldić
BornRoberto Soldić
(1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 28)
Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Other namesRobocop
ResidenceDüsseldorf, Germany
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Middleweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (Boxing)
Reach74 in (190 cm)
Fighting out ofDüsseldorf, Germany
TeamUFD Gym Düsseldorf
Years active2014–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout4
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout17
By submission1
By decision2
By knockout2
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Soldić is a member of University of Fighting Gym Düsseldorf from Düsseldorf, Germany, where he trains under the tutelage of the gym's owner and manager Ivan Dijaković. Due to Soldić's notoriety, in 2016 UFD Gym Düsseldorf was awarded the title of the best gym in Germany by the choice of Germany's fighting sports portal[6][7]

Background Edit

Soldić was born to Croat parents in Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina. While at school, Soldić played soccer but very soon joined a local judo gym in Vitez. Soldić soon realized that he preferred martial arts and he decided to dedicate himself to judo and later to MMAMixed Martial Arts. Given that there were no adequate conditions for training in his hometown of Vitez, Soldić was forced to improvise and to train at various gyms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. Regardless of those initial setbacks, Soldić made fast progress and soon began his professional MMA career.[2] In 2015 Soldić met his current coach and manager Ivan Dijaković and decided to make a drastic change in life and career. That same year, Soldić moved to Düsseldorf, Germany, and started training at UFD Gym Düsseldorf that provided much better conditions and where he was able to completely dedicate himself to the sport. After becoming a member of UFD Gym Düsseldorf his career exploded in the following two years and Soldić started to be considered as one of the biggest European MMA prospects.[2]

Mixed martial arts career Edit

Early career Edit

Soldić made his MMA debut 19 September 2014 at AFC 3: Arti Fighting Championship 3 in Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina in lightweight division against Ante Alilović.[8] He won via TKO in the second round (2:50). In the same year he scored another professional win when he defeated Mladen Ponjević via submission (guillotine choke) in the first round (00:35) at a local MMA event in Metković, Croatia.[9]

Serbian Battle Championship Edit

Roberto Soldić scored his first major win and attracted local media attention at Serbian Battle Championship: SBC 5 in May 2015 in Odžaci, Serbia, where he fought Final Fight Championship Futures winner Vladimir Prodanović from Serbia. He defeated Prodanović via TKO in the second round (1:30).[10] About a year later Soldić became SBC lightweight champion. He won the title at SBC 8 that took place 5 March 2016 in Sombor, Serbia, when he defeated experienced Montenegrin fighter Vaso 'Psychopath' Bakočević via TKO in the third round. Back then, Soldić was only 21 years old.[11]

"When it comes to that match, I controlled my opponent and I could basically read him. He went for a takedown but I defended it well. It was a tough fight, but in the third round I managed to land a middle kick right on his liver which stopped the match. And that's how I defeated The Psychopath," said Soldić after the biggest match of his career up to that point.[12][13]

In his third SBC match at SBC 14 that took place 8 July 2017 in Bačka Palanka, Serbia, Soldić defeated Slobodan Vukić from Bosnia and Herzegovina via KO in the first round (1:04) in a non-title bout.[14]

Roberto Soldić suffered his first professional setback at MFC 3: Montenegro Fighting Championship 3, that took place in Budva, Montenegro, 27 July 2015. He lost to Marko Radaković via unanimous decision. After two rounds, judges decided in favor of the local fighter which caused a lot of upset in the regional MMA circles and media which claimed that Soldić scored more points. His coaches also revealed to the media that the organizers made last-minute changes to the rules, since the match was initially set for three rounds.[15][16] Roberto Soldić won his second MMA title at SMMAC: Swiss MMA Championship 4 that took place 1 October 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. In a welterweight title bout that also served as the main event, Sodić defeated Pascal Kloser from Austria via TKO in the first round (1:34). It was the match that kicked off his impeccable winning streak and got him the title of the biggest fighting sports prospect from Southeast Europe.[17]

Final Fight Championship Edit

Immediately after winning the SMMAC belt, Soldić was offered a fight at FFC: Final Fight Championship for the vacated welterweight title that was previously held by Laszlo Senyei from Hungary.[15] Previously to that, Soldić made his FFC debut in October 2015 at FFC 20 in Zagreb, Croatia, against Final Fight Championship Futures finalist Saša Drobac. Soldić outworked his opponent in all three rounds and scored a dominant win via unanimous decision. This is still the only win he failed to score via stoppage.

Soldić and his team decided to take a shot at the Final Fight Championship title against one of the most experienced Croatian MMA veterans Ivica Trušček at FFC 27 – Night of Champions that took place 17 December 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia.[18] After a spectacular high kick that stunned Trušček, Soldić poured a brutal GNP on his opponent that made referee Grant Waterman stop the match. Roberto Soldić thus became the FFC welterweight champion in a match prior to which he was considered the underdog in comparison to his more popular and more experienced opponent.[19][20]

Superior FC Edit

In his Superior FC debut, Roberto Soldić won another title. In a welterweight title bout at Superior FC 16 that took place 11 March 2017 in Darmstadt, Germany, Soldić defeated Poland's Rafael Lewon via TKO in the third round (1:56). It was fourth title Soldić won in less than a year.[21][22][23][24] At Superior FC 18 Soldić defended his title for the first time when he defeated England's Dez Parker via TKO in the first round (3:29).[25][26]

Cage Warriors Edit

On 14 October 2017, Roberto Soldić made his Cage Warriors Fighting Championship debut at CWFC 87 when he locked horns with Lewis Long from Wales. Despite his dominant wins and four belts, Soldić was considered an underdog again. However, it took him only 49 seconds in the first round to defeat his opponent delivering one of the most exciting knockouts of the year in Europe.[27][28] Soldić stunned Long with a brutal high kick and then he finished him with GNP in a highlight reel knockout.[29][30][31]

KSW Edit

In December 2017, just two months after his big win in the match against Lewis Long, Roberto Soldić stepped into the cage for the fifth time in one year in Polish MMA promotion Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW). By stepping up on ten days’ notice and accepting welterweight title bout, Soldić decided to take the biggest test in his professional career.[32] His opponent was experienced champion Borys Mankowski. Mankowski's original opponent Dricus du Plessis from South Africa was forced to withdraw from the match quoting an injury.[33] However, Soldić once again proved that he is ruthless and very efficient. He defeated Manakowski in the KSW 41 main event after only three rounds. After three exhausting rounds, Mankowski and his team decided to give up due to sustained damage.[34] Even before that moment, Soldić delivered a superior performance and controlled his opponent. This was his best MMA performance that secured him a lot of media attention in Poland as well as in Europe in general.[33][35] With this win, Soldić collected his fifth belt. Besides his original team in the corner, Sodić was also advised by former UFC fighter and Bellator MMA champion Hector Lombard.[36][37] After this spectacular upset, the Cuban fighter decided to leave the American Top Team and join the UFD team in Düsseldorf, Germany.[38] After winning his fifth belt, Soldić called out Du Plessis.[39]

Soldić faced Dricus du Plessis in his first defence of the KSW Welterweight Championship at KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis on 14 April. In an upset, Du Plessis dethroned Soldic via TKO, after dropping him with a left hook.[40] The two would later rematch at KSW 45: De Fries vs. Bedorf in the fall of that year, with Soldić defeating Du Plessis via third-round knockout.[41]

Roberto moved up to Middleweight to face former KSW Middleweight champ, Michał Materla, on 14 November 2020 at KSW 56: Poland vs. Croatia. Roberto won the fight via first-round TKO.[42]

Soldić defended the KSW Welterweight Championship against challenger Patrik Kincl on 4 September 2021 at KSW 63: Crime of The Century.[43] He won the bout via technical knock out in the third round.[44]

Soldić fought for the KSW Middleweight Championship against champion Mamed Khalidov on December 18, 2021, at KSW 65: Khalidov vs. Soldić.[45] He won the bout and the title via knockout after landing a left hook in the second round.[46][47]

ONE Championship Edit

On August 1, 2022, Soldić announced that he signed with ONE Championship.[48]

Soldić made his promotional debut against Murad Ramazanov on December 3, 2022, at ONE on Prime Video 5.[49] During the middle of round one, Ramazanov accidentally connected with a knee to the groin of Soldić, who could not continue. The fight was declared a no contest.[50]

Soldić faced Zebaztian Kadestam on May 5, 2023, at ONE Fight Night 10.[51] Soldić was hit with a counter elbow before losing the fight via TKO in the second round.[52]

Boxing career Edit

Roberto Soldić also decided to pursue his career in the professional boxing ring. He made his professional boxing debut on 2 April 2016 at a local boxing manifestation in Düsseldorf, Germany, in light heavyweight division. He defeated Goran Ristić via KO in the first round.[53]

On 17 September 2016, Soldić scored his second boxing win in Göppingen, Germany, where he defeated Milan Rus.[53]

Soldić had his third professional boxing match on 11 February 2017 at an event in Düsseldorf, Germany. He scored a win over Nemanja Kragulja.[53] He scored his fourth win in the boxing ring on 16 November 2017 also in Düsseldorf, Germany, against Slaviša Simeunović via TKO.[54]

Championships and accomplishments Edit

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Professional record breakdown
25 matches 20 wins 4 losses
By knockout 17 2
By submission 1 0
By decision 2 2
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–4 (1) Zebaztian Kadestam TKO (punches) ONE Fight Night 10 5 May 2023 2 0:45 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
NC 20–3 (1) Murad Ramazanov No Contest (accidental knee to groin) ONE on Prime Video 5 3 December 2022 1 3:01 Pasay, Philippines Accidental knee to groin rendered Soldić unable to continue.
Win 20–3 Mamed Khalidov KO (punch) KSW 65: Khalidov vs. Soldić 18 December 2021 2 3:40 Gliwice, Poland Won the KSW Middleweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.
Win 19–3 Patrik Kincl TKO (punches) KSW 63: Crime of The Century 4 September 2021 3 2:55 Warsaw, Poland Defended the KSW Welterweight Championship.
Win 18–3 Michał Materla TKO (punches) KSW 56: Materla vs. Soldić 14 November 2020 1 4:40 Łódź, Poland Middleweight debut.
Win 17–3 Michał Pietrzak Decision (unanimous) KSW 50: London 14 September 2019 3 5:00 London, England Non-title bout. Catchweight (176 lb) bout.
Win 16–3 Krystian Kaszubowski KO (punch) KSW 49: Soldić vs. Kaszubowski 18 May 2019 1 1:25 Gdańsk, Poland Defended KSW Welterweight Championship.
Win 15–3 Vinicius Bohrer KO (punch) KSW 46: Narkun vs. Khalidov 2 1 December 2018 1 4:34 Gliwice, Poland Non-title bout. Catchweight (176 lb) bout.
Win 14–3 Dricus du Plessis KO (punches) KSW 45: De Fries vs. Bedorf 6 October 2018 3 2:33 London, England Won the KSW Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–3 Dricus du Plessis TKO (punches) KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis 14 April 2018 2 1:38 Wrocław, Poland Lost the KSW Welterweight Championship.
Win 13–2 Borys Mańkowski TKO (corner stoppage) KSW 41: Mańkowski vs. Soldić 17 December 2017 3 5:00 Katowice, Poland Won the KSW Welterweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Lewis Long KO (head kick and punches) Cage Warriors 87 14 October 2017 1 0:40 Newport, Wales
Win 11–2 Dez Parker TKO (punches) Superior FC 18 16 September 2017 1 3:29 Ludwigshafen, Germany Defended the Superior FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–2 Slobodan Vukić KO (punch) Serbian Battle Championship 14 8 July 2017 1 1:04 Bačka Palanka, Serbia Non-title fight.
Win 9–2 Rafal Lewon TKO (punches) Superior FC 11 March 2017 3 1:56 Darmstadt, Germany Won the Superior FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Ivica Trušček TKO (high kick and punches) Final Fight Championship 27 17 December 2016 1 1:47 Zagreb, Croatia Won the Final Fight Championship Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Pascal Kloser TKO (punches) SMMAC 4 1 October 2016 1 1:34 Basel, Switzerland Won the SMMAC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 6–2 Yaroslav Amosov Decision (split) Tech-Krep FC: Prime Selection 8 18 June 2016 3 5:00 Krasnodar, Russia For the vacant Tech-KREP FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 6–1 Vaso Bakočević TKO (punches) Serbian Battle Championship 8 5 May 2016 3 1:51 Sombor, Serbia Catchweight (176 lb) bout.
Win 5–1 Saša Drobac Decision (unanimous) Final Fight Championship 20 23 October 2015 3 5:00 Zagreb, Croatia
Loss 4–1 Marko Radaković Decision (unanimous) Montenegro Fighting Championship 3 27 July 2015 2 5:00 Budva, Montenegro
Win 4–0 Vladimir Prodanović TKO (punches) Serbian Battle Championship 5 9 May 2015 2 1:30 Odžaci, Serbia
Win 3–0 Savo Lazić KO (body kick) Arti Fighting Championship 4 15 March 2015 1 2:05 Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Win 2–0 Mladen Ponjević Submission (guillotine choke) Thunderman Fight Night 1 21 December 2014 1 0:35 Metković, Croatia
Win 1–0 Ante Alilović TKO (punches) Arti Fighting Championship 3 19 October 2014 2 2:50 Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Professional boxing record Edit

4 fights 4 wins 0 losses
By knockout 4 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
4 Win 4–0   Slaviša Simeunović TKO 2 (6), 0:31 18 November 2017   Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
3 Win 3–0   Nemanja Kragulj KO 1 (4), 1:45 11 February 2017   UFD Gym, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
2 Win 2–0   Milan Ruso KO 1 (4), 2:58 17 September 2016   Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1 Win 1–0   Goran Ristić KO 1 (4), 1:48 2 April 2016   UFD Gym, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

See also Edit

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