Welterweight champion Roberto Soldic has no intentions of leaving of KSW for the foreseeable future, but the Croatian knockout artist believes he could be among the top 10 fighters in the UFC’s welterweight division.
Soldic continued his reign at the top of the Polish promotion’s welterweight bracket with a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout of previously undefeated prospect Krystian Kaszubowski in the main event of KSW 49 on Saturday.
One of the most talked about fighters in Europe at the moment, many ponder how “Robocop” would fare if he plied his trade in the UFC. And although Soldic acknowledges that some of the best fighters are currently fighting in the UFC, he believes that simply competing in the Octagon doesn’t make you one of the best in the world.
“The UFC is number one in the world and a lot of the guys there are high level, the top 10 guys and the top 15 guys,” Soldic told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.
“It’s hard to say if I would finish these guys, but you can see from the guys who have gone to ONE Championship from the UFC—not every fighter in the UFC is the best fighter in the world. [It also shows] that outside of the UFC there are very good fighters too.”
Soldic was quick to point out that he is completely content fighting for KSW and has no plans to leave the promotion.
“For me, KSW is good; I really like KSW,” Soldic said. “I think I’ll stay here for a long time, so I don’t really think about the UFC, I just think about KSW. They take care of me and they give me support. I’m champion here, I enjoy it here and we’ll see what the future brings.”
That being said, if he was to compete in the UFC, Soldic believes he would be able to quickly force himself into the division’s top 10.
“I believe in a very short time I could be in the top 10 [of the UFC]. I believe that because I’ve had really good spars with top-level guys. They had some trouble with me and they respected me afterwards. I’m sure I could compete there.”
Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Roberto Soldic interview begins at 41:50.