Roberto Soldić

Roberto Soldić (Croatian pronunciation: roberto soldiɕ; born 25 January 1995) is a Croatian mixed martial artist.[1] and professional boxer.[2][3] Before turning 22, Soldić won five belts in five different European MMA promotions including Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW), Final Fight Championship (FFC) and Superior FC and is considered to be one of the biggest fighting sports prospects from Southeast Europe.[4][5] 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 GNP1.de.[6]

Roberto Soldić
BornRoberto Soldić
(1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 25)
Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Other namesRobocop
ResidenceDüsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
NationalityCroatian
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (Boxing)
Reach72.0 in (183 cm)
Fighting out ofDüsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
TeamUFD Gym Düsseldorf
Years active2014–present
Professional boxing record
Total4
Wins4
By knockout4
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record
Total20
Wins17
By knockout14
By submission1
By decision2
Losses3
By knockout1
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Soldić was born 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 MMA - Mixed 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 careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Soldić made his MMA debut September 19, 2014 at AFC 3: Arti Fighting Championship 3 in Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina in lightweight division against Ante Alilović.[7] 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.[8]

Serbian Battle ChampionshipEdit

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).[9] About a year later Soldić became SBC lightweight champion. He won the title at SBC 8 that took place March 5, 2016 in Sombor, Serbia, when he defeated experienced Montenegrin fighter Vaso 'Psychopath' Bakočević via TKO in the third round. Back then, Soldić was only 19 years old.[10]

"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.[11][12]

In his third SBC match at SBC 14 that took place July 8, 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.[13]

Roberto Soldić suffered his first professional setback at MFC 3: Montenegro Fighting Championship 3, that took place in Budva, Montenegro, July 27, 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.[14][15] Roberto Soldić won his second MMA title at SMMAC: Swiss MMA Championship 4 that took place October 1, 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.[16]

Final Fight ChampionshipEdit

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.[14] 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 December 17, 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia.[17] 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.[18][19]

Superior FCEdit

In his Superior FC debut, Roberto Soldić won another title. In a welterweight title bout at Superior FC 16 that took place March 11, 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.[20][21][22][23] 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).[24][25]

Cage WarriorsEdit

On October 14, 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.[26][27] Soldić stunned Long with a brutal high kick and then he finished him with GNP in a highlight reel knockout.[28][29][30] Former UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy, who is currently an analyst and color commentator for the UFC, said that Soldić would be a big UFC star in the future.

I said Cro Cop right away because it was that kick. It was just that, a patient fighter who gets his opponents to that point. Right after the match he jumped on the cage, he looked at me and started yelling that he will be the champ and I believe him. I can't wait to see his progress, he's incredibly exciting, said Hardy.[28]

I came here to become the champ. I already have a couple of belts but I want one more. I will fight anybody anywhere. My score is 11-2, but I lost via decisions and that was robbery, once in Russia and once in Montenegro. So my professional score is basically 13-0. I am a whole different level of fighter compared to these fighters here, said Soldić after the biggest bout of his career.[31]

KSWEdit

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 two rounds. After two exhausting rounds, Manowski 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]

This is my life. I train two times a day every day. This is my fifth belt, I don’t know what’s next. I will fight anyone as long as they are tough fighters. Du Plessis is a good fighter. I have a lot of respect for him, said Soldić.

Boxing careerEdit

Roberto Soldić also decided to pursue his career in the professional boxing ring. He made his professional boxing debut on April 2, 2016 at a local boxing manifestation in Düsseldorf, Germany, in light heavyweight division. He defeated Goran Ristić via KO in the first round.[40]

On September 17, 2016, Soldić scored his second boxing win in Göppingen, Germany, where he defeated Milan Rus.[40]

Soldić had his third professional boxing match on February 11, 2017 at an event in Düsseldorf, Germany. He scored a win over Nemanja Kragulja.[40] He scored his fourth win in the boxing ring on November 16, 2017 also in Düsseldorf, Germany, against Slaviša Simeunović via TKO.[41]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW)
    • KSW Welterweight Championship (Two time,current)
    • One successful title defense
    • Fight of the Night (One times) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (KSW 45)
    • Knockout of the Night (Two times) vs. Vinicius Bohrer (KSW 46), Krystian Kaszubowski (KSW 49)
  • Superior Fighting Championship (Superior FC)
    • Superior FC Welterweight Championship (One time)
    • One successful title defense
  • Final Fight Championship (FFC)
  • Swiss MMA Championship (SMMAC)
    • SMMAC Welterweight Championship (One time)

Professional boxing recordEdit

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

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 17 wins 3 losses
By knockout 14 1
By submission 1 0
By decision 2 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Michał Materla KSW 56 November 14, 2020 Poland Middleweight debut.
Win 17–3 Michał Pietrzak Decision (unanimous) KSW 50: London September 14, 2019 3 5:00 London, England Non-title bout
Win 16–3 Krystian Kaszubowski KO (punch) KSW 49: Soldić vs. Kaszubowski May 18, 2019 1 3:35 Gdańsk, Poland Defended KSW Welterweight Championship.
Win 15–3 Vinicius Bohrer KO (punch) KSW 46: Narkun vs. Khalidov 2 December 1, 2018 1 0:26 Gliwice, Poland Non-title bout.
Win 14–3 Dricus du Plessis TKO (punches) KSW 45: De Fries vs. Bedorf October 6, 2018 3 2:26 London, England Won the KSW Welterweight Championship.
Loss 13–3 Dricus du Plessis KO (punches) KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis April 14, 2018 2 1:38 Wrocław, Poland Lost the KSW Welterweight Championship.
Win 13–2 Borys Mańkowski TKO (corner stoppage) KSW 41: Mańkowski vs. Soldić December 17, 2017 3 5:00 Katowice, Poland Won the KSW Welterweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Lewis Long KO (head kick and punches) Cage Warriors: CWFC 87 October 14, 2017 1 0:40 Newport, Wales
Win 11–2 Dez Parker TKO (punches) Superior FC 18 September 16, 2017 1 3:29 Ludwigshafen, Germany Defended the Superior FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–2 Slobodan Vukić KO (punch) Serbian Battle Championship: SBC 14 July 8, 2017 1 1:04 Bačka Palanka, Serbia Non-title fight.
Win 9–2 Rafal Lewon TKO (punches) Superior FC March 11, 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: FFC 27 December 17, 2016 1 1:47 Zagreb, Croatia Won the Final Fight Championship Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Pascal Kloser TKO (punches) SMMAC 4 October 1, 2016 1 1:34 Basel, Switzerland Won the SMMAC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 6–2 Yaroslav Amosov Decision (split) Teck-Krep FC: Prime Selection 8 June 16, 2016 3 5:00 Krasnodar, Russia
Win 6–1 Vaso Bakočević TKO (punches) Serbian Battle Championship: SBC 8 May 5, 2016 3 1:51 Sombor, Serbia Won the SBC Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Saša Drobac Decision (unanimous) Final Fight Championship: FFC 20 October 23, 2015 3 5:00 Zagreb, Croatia
Loss 4–1 Marko Radaković Decision (unanimous) Montenegro Fighting Championship: MFC 3 July 27, 2015 2 5:00 Budva, Montenegro
Win 4–0 Vladimir Prodanović TKO (punches) Serbian Battle Championship: SBC 5 May 9, 2015 2 1:30 Odžaci, Serbia
Win 3–0 Savo Lazić KO (kick) Arti Fighting Championship 4 March 15, 2015 1 2:05 Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Win 2–0 Mladen Ponjević Submission (guillotine choke) Thunderman Fight Night 1 December 21, 2014 1 0:35 Metković, Croatia
Win 1–0 Ante Alilović TKO (punches) Arti Fighting Championship 3 October 19, 2014 2 2:50 Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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