Jett Grande, 23, of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada has joined Flogger Series, an international mixed martial arts promotion based in Pakistan. He will face Nasratullah Nikzad of Kabul, Afghanistan at “Flogger Series 7.”
Flogger Series chief executive officer Muhammad Nasir Khan has confirmed to CONAN Daily that “Flogger Series 7” will take place at the Liaquat Bagh Sports Complex in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at 6:00 p.m. on June 12, 2021. In the main event, Grande and Nikzad will battle it out for the Flogger Series Super Lightweight World Championship title.
Including the title fight between Grande and Nikzad, the “Flogger Series 7” fight card will feature six professional MMA fights and two semi-professional bouts. Three countries will be represented namely Afghanistan, Canada and Pakistan.
“This is a very interesting fight card in the history of Pakistan where Afghanistan’s top fighters are set to compete against top fighters of Pakistan,” Khan stated. “Flogger Series has been a big success starting from scratch without any sponsors yet a consistent promotion which has carried the biggest and most entertaining international events in Pakistan.”
Nikzat currently holds a professional MMA record of 2 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Grande is set to make his professional MMA debut at “Flogger Series 7.”
Representing Team Grande Canada, Grande is an International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) alum. As an amateur MMA fighter, he was undefeated from December 4, 2015 to June 19, 2019.
Grande’s most recent fight was at the 2019 IMMAF-World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) European Senior and Junior Open Championships at the Palapellicone in Lido di Ostia, Rome Italy on June 20, 2019. He lost to Nate Enright, 27, of Dublin, Ireland via referee stoppage due to shoulder dislocation injury.
Prior to this, Grande enjoyed several victories in IMMAF. In November 2018, he defeated Amos Po Ching of New Zealand, Akos Denes of Hungary, Bozhidar Ivanov of Bulgaria and Paddy Wilkinson of Ireland in the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA Unified Junior World Championships.
In May 2019, Grande defeated Joel Geders, 29, of the United States and Jose Luis Buitrago Sanchez, 26, of Colombia in the 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Pan America Open Championships. Here is Grande’s fight against Wilkinson: