A defiant Murad Ramazanov stands on the One Championship tracks, steadfast in his belief that he can derail an oncoming hype train.
The undefeated Dagestani standout will toe the line against former two-division KSW titleholder Roberto Soldic in an anticipated ONE on Prime Video 5 middleweight showcase on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. Ramazanov steps into the cage with a perfect 11-0 record in tow. He last appeared at ONE “Winter Warriors 2,” where he took a three-round unanimous decision from Zebaztian Kadestam on Dec. 3. Soldic, meanwhile, enters his promotional debut on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak. He last fought on Dec. 18, when he punched out Mamed Khalidov in the second round of their KSW 65 headliner.
As Ramazanov and Soldic set their sights on one another in Southeast Asia, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
27: Years of age for Ramazanov, who was born on Oct. 16, 1995 in Makhachkala, Russia.
3: Ramazanov wins by submission, accounting for 28% of his career total (11). His methods of choice: two rear-naked chokes and one guillotine choke. Ramazanov holds four other wins by knockout or technical knockout (36%) and four more by decision (36%).
20: Seconds needed for Ramazanov to punch out Makamagomed Khairullaev under the Combat Self Defense Federation banner on Sept. 12, 2014. More than eight years later, it remains his fastest finish to date.
15: Rounds completed by Ramazanov as a professional mixed martial artist. He has gone the distance on four different occasions and carries a 4-0 record in those bouts.
42: Combined victories between the three men—Kadestam, Hiroyuki Tetsuka and Myung Ho Bae—Ramazanov has beaten as a member of the One Championship roster. They sport a cumulative .697 winning percentage at 42-18-1.
27: Years of age for Soldic, who was born in Vitez, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Jan. 25, 1995.
17: Soldic victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 85% of his career total (20). His list of victims includes Michal Materla, Dricus Du Plessis, Borys Mankowski and Vaso Bakocevic. Soldic owns one other victory by submission (5%)—he tapped Mladen Ponjevic with a guillotine choke at a Thunderman event in 2014—and two others by decision (10%).
2: Sub-minute finishes on the Soldic resume. In addition to his aforementioned rout of Ponjevic, he cut down Lewis Long with a head kick in 40 seconds at a Cage Warriors Fighting Championship show on Oct. 14, 2017.
10: Countries in which Soldic has fought as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 6-1 in Poland, 3-0 in Croatia, 3-0 in Serbia, 2-0 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2-0 in Germany, 2-0 England, 1-0 in Switzerland, 1-0 in Wales, 0-1 in Montenegro and 0-1 in Russia.
.898: Cumulative winning percentage between the three men—Du Plessis, Yaroslav Amosov and Marko Radakovic—who have defeated Soldic. They boast a combined record of 53-6.
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