Just when it seemed like the UFC were going to snap up yet another European superstar, Chatri and the guys at ONE swoop in and make an excellent addition to an ever growing pool of combat phenoms, in the form of Roberto Soldic.
Yes, if you didn’t know, KSW double champ and concensus European mega prospect, Roberto Soldic has signed for Asian giants ONE Championship. With a record of 20-3, 17 of those 20 being via TKO/KO, the 27 year old has already made quite a name for himself and achieved a great deal in the European MMA scene. With titles in SMMAC, FFC, Superior FC and KSW at both welterweight and middleweight, Soldic certainly has the accomplishments to show for his ability and is now seemingly ready to take a step up and showcase his talent on the world stage.
In addition to MMA competition, trying his hand in ONE’s super series divisions for Kickboxing and Muay Thai is something Soldic has mentioned as one of the reasons for his decision to move to ONE. ‘Robocop’ cited fellow Croation Mirko Cro Cop’s success in a number of disciplines as an inspiration for pursuing different avenues, in turn, carving a legacy for himself and his fans.
Now a decision has been made and a home has been found, here are 3 fun match-ups I would love to see Soldic featured in during his time at ONE.
1. Timofey Nastyukhin
Should Roberto choose to compete in ONE’s lightweight division (Which would be welterweight anywhere else) who better to welcome him than the all action Timofey Nastyukhin. Nasty by name and nasty by nature, this is a guy who would compliment Soldic’s high intensity boxing heavy style so well. Yes, the Russian may be coming off two rough losses via finish but he’s Always a tough customer, he gives Soldic a route into the rankings providing ONE don’t give him an instant title shot, as well as utilising a pressure heavy ferocious striking style which would make for an absolute car crash of a contest against a guy with the power and hands of Soldic. Fan friendly, alot to gain for both guys, the perfect matchup should he choose a stint in the lightweight division.
2. Hiroyuki Tetsuka
Former Pancrase champion vs Former KSW champion? Count me in! Not only would Tetsuka be a great test for Soldic in all areas of MMA, this fight would garner a big Asian and European audience, two titans from their respective regions going head to head. Tetsuka walks guys down, hits like a truck, is explosive, strong and has an imposing wrestling game. He’s coming off two vicious finishes on the feet, a one punch KO of Edson Marques and a vicious beatdown TKO over Agilan Thani. Standings wise, Soldic has a lot to gain from a win over a guy as hot as Tetsuka in a division that doesn’t yet have an official set of rankings, besides, who wouldn’t want to see two explosive punchers like these two slinging leather until someone hits the deck? I certainly would.
3. Regian Eersel
Roberto Soldic has already mentioned making the move to super series and his ferocious striking is his method of choice when competing in MMA, it goes hand in hand! Regian Eersel has sat atop the lightweight kickboxing division within ONE for 3 years now and although a seasoned striker and a very difficult enigma to solve, it’s one Soldic will most likely have to solve should he want kickboxing gold too! This striking clash of styles is one I’d love to eventually see, the long rangey Eersel with those dynamic knees, long boxing and thunderous high kicks against the heavy handed pressure approach of Soldic, sure to be fireworks and a test that will give us a true telling as to how good of a striker Soldic really is.
The man has his plan laid out, he has goals to meet and a load of exciting matchups to be had. No matter who he’s matched up against and how well he does, one thing’s for sure, the excitement and entertainment factor will always be there whenever ‘Robocop’ marches into battle!
How far do you see Soldic going in the disciplines ONE has to offer?
Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8
Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.
Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.
BREAKING: Due to the inability to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom, Denis Goltsov and Magomed Umalatov will be replaced by alternates @chosenjuan285 & @PostmanTaylor. #PFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Oj7PAfu6sy— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 11, 2022
PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.
PFL 8 Full Card
Post Main Card European Qualifiers:
Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone
Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis
Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu
Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci
Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov
Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira
Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel
Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal
Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada
Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik
Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg
Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil
PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg
After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.
Fans want the fight— Donn Davis (@DonnDavisPFL) August 10, 2022
Fighters want the fight
I have watched and listened … @PFLMMA will provide all money and handle all matters @KaylaH v @criscyborg
$1M each fighter + $2M winner bonus
PPV Super Fight … no more talk … decide the best inside the cage#KaylaCyborg
Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.
Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.
Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.
Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.
Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!
The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.
Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.
If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.
History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.
Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.
Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.
Stay tuned for more fight announcements.
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