KSW 65: Khalidov vs Soldic Preview

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KSW is set for its final show of the year this Saturday, December 18, 2021, live from Gliwice, Poland. The main event will future two of the best fighters to ever step foot into a KSW cage when the legendary middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov defends his crown against the welterweight champion Roberto Soldic in a fight set to be the biggest battle in the organization’s history. The co-main event is not to be outdone with French sensation Salahdine Parnasse attempts to recapture his featherweight from the man he lost it to, Daniel Torres. The event can be seen worldwide on KSWtv.

Greatest Battle In KSW History

Mamed Khalidov (C) vs Roberto Soldic (C) – Middleweight Championship

There is no other matchup throughout the organization’s time a hardcore KSW fan would want to see. Khalidov has been the torch-bearer for this organization since nearly its inception. Very few fighters in any organization can say they have headlined 12 straight events in which they have participated. Though Khalidov suffered three-straight losses, two to Tomasz Narkun and one to Scott Askham, he scored a Knockout of the Year contender against Askham at KSW 55 back in October 2020. With it being over a year since the legend has competed, what kind of fight can he bring to one of the most dangerous men in the world outside of the UFC?

Competing just three months ago, Soldic will step into the cage on a six-fight winning streak with five of those six wins coming by KO/TKO. The Croatian striker is without a doubt one of the top talents outside of the UFC and could easily find himself at the top of the UFC’s welterweight division should he ever sign. Previously speaking to MMA Sucka, Soldic has stated multiple times his goal is to be the champion and to fight the very best in the world. Of all the big names on his resume, a victory over Khalidov would cement his legacy in the European MMA scene.

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Young Warriors Set For Co-Main Stage

Daniel Torres (C) vs Salahdine Parnasse – Featherweight Championship

After his title loss back at KSW 58 in January, Parnasse (15-1-1) came out strong at KSW 61 in June earning the second-round submission win. Since entering KSW in 2017, Parnasse went on a dominant run, winning five straight including picking up the division’s featherweight crown. Parnasse is another of those young talents under the KSW banner that can dominate on the worldwide stage. Facing the only man to give him a defeat, can Parnasse overcome the psychological edge Torres may have?

For the champion Daniel Torres (12-4), this will be his first taste of action since winning the title. Going 3-1 in KSW prior to his title shot, Torres has won six of his career 12 wins by KO/TKO. He also has a victory over the tough Max Coga and Filip Pejic. Torres can quiet the critics on Saturday if he can hand the French striker only the second loss of his professional career and retain his crown. Outside of Parnesse, Torres could dominate the division for several years to come.

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