Murad Ramazanov has built a solid reputation for himself inside ONE Championship’s Circle.
After going 3-0 against stern competition, the Russian will now welcome MMA’s hottest prospect in Roberto Soldic to the promotion at ONE Fight Night 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin on Saturday, 3 December, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
The surging Russian’s contention in ONE’s welterweight division stems back to his days under his father’s wrestling tutelage. After sitting at the Greco-Roman’s learning tree, Ramazanov believes he owes a lot to the man who built his foundation in the sport.
“My dad and I have been close since I was born. I was my dad’s son. Wrestling brought us even closer. He attended all of my workouts, knew my opponents, went to competitions with me, and was my first coach at home. He was not strict. Whenever I lost at sparring or a fight, he would just give me the reasons why I lost. He never scolded me,” he said.
“He could have had a great career as a coach – it’s his calling. I owe my success to dad. He monitored my diet and physical preparation, [and] his advice protected me from injury and helped me on my path in my amateur and professional career.”
Following the advice of his father, Ramazanov went undefeated in ONE, amassing an 11-0 MMA record overall.
Ramazanov most recently competed in a high-stakes bout against former ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian Kadestam, who he beat by decision.
“The fight went for three rounds, and at the end of each round I felt like I could finish him,” the welterweight said.
“I think I dominated in both grappling and striking. I think he ran out of steam quickly. He looked broken. You can only defeat me by knocking me out.
“Kadestam surprised me with a good defense against grappling, he was ready for my attacks. He is an ex-champion, so he is a tough fighter.”
On the back of a commanding three-round display against the decorated Kadestam, Ramazanov expected a title shot in his next outing.
With Christian Lee now holding the welterweight title, Ramazanov is planning to upset Soldic’s arrival and get his shot at the gold.
“I think I deserved [the World Title shot after beating Zebaztian Kadestam],” he said. “But if the company’s management decided that I needed to smash another guy on the way to the top, it’s okay. I think one more fight. When I beat Soldic, I should be given a title shot.”
ONE Fight Night 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin takes place on Saturday, 3 December, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Tickets can be purchased here: https://smtickets.com/events/view/11438