Former Redmond High wrestler finding success in mixed martial arts

He is only 19 years old and has just three fights under his belt. But according to the experts, Redmond’s Sean Soliz appears to have an extremely bright future in mixed martial arts.

Chael Sonnen, a family friend and West Linn resident who just so happens to be one of the top middleweight contenders in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), sees much potential in Soliz, a former wrestler whose father is a national wrestling coach.

“He is a tough guy, always has been,” says Sonnen, 34, who next week in Chicago will fight for a title shot in a bout scheduled to be televised by Fox.

“He was a strong-willed kid, always looking to compete, no matter how far away the competition was. He has never failed at anything. MMA (mixed martial arts) won’t be any different.”

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