Roberto Soldic, a fighter who previously conquered two divisions at KSW, joined ONE Championship as one of the biggest free agent signings. However, his ONE debut was marred by a brutal groin strike in the opening round against Murad Ramazanov, which prevented him from continuing. Despite desperately wanting to continue, Soldic was unable to do so due to the excruciating pain he experienced after being hit.
The fight was declared a no contest. Soldic, who had been using the same cup for a decade without incident, was eventually forced to undergo surgery for a hernia that had become worse due to the knee strike he suffered during his fight.
Soldic’s surgery was not publicized, as he preferred to keep his privacy and was not seeking sympathy. He is now fully recovered and eager to make a better first impression in his sophomore fight against ex-welterweight champion Zebaztian Kadestam, which will take place on the first ever ONE Championship card in the United States. Although Soldic hopes for a rematch with Ramazanov, he is also happy to face whoever ONE offers him.
Soldic received undue criticism for not continuing in his debut, but he was not willing to take the risk of further damage and jeopardizing his long-term career. His decision was supported by ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
Soldic said he was very sad about his debut but is motivated to train hard and show his best in America. He is looking forward to his fight against Kadestam and believes it will be a great opportunity to showcase his skills in the US.