Jett “Fighter” Grande, 24, of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada is the new champion of Flogger Series in the lightweight division. He won the title at “Flogger Series 8“, which marked his debut in the international mixed martial arts promotion based in Pakistan.
Grande was supposed to make his Flogger Series debut at “Flogger Series 7” on June 12, 2021 and fight Nasratullah Nikzad, 25, of Kabul, Afghanistan for the promotion’s vacant super lightweight championship title. It was supposed to be the Canadian athlete’s first professional MMA fight.
However, the fight was cancelled amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Flogger Series 7” was held in Islamabad, Pakistan on February 13, 2022 without Grande on the card.
Featuring eight bouts, “Flogger Series 8” was held at the Pakistan-China Friendship Center in Islamabad on August 14, 2022. In the main event of the evening, Grande fought Nasratullah Sharifi, 22, of Kabul for the then vacant Flogger Series Lightweight Championship title.
Both Grande and Sharifi entered the cage as undefeated fighters. After three five-minute rounds, the referee raised the hand of the Canadian contender, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
The victory marked Grande’s first professional MMA title and improved his professional MMA record to 4 wins, 0 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Sharifi now has 2 wins and 1 loss.
A former International Mixed Martial Arts Federation champion, Grande won 15 of his 16 amateur MMA fights. When he made his professional MMA debut at “XFC 45” on August 6, 2021 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, his fight against Damon Morosko, 26, of Massillon, Ohio, USA ended in a draw.
On September 24, 2021, Grande earned his first professional MMA win by defeating Cornelius Krahn of Lethbridge, Alberta via technical knockout at “Unified MMA 41” in Edmonton, Alberta. On December 17, 2021, the fighter from Red Deer knocked out Steven Thomas of Calgary, Alberta at “Unified MMA 42” in Enoch, Alberta.
On May 27, 2022, Colton Boxell of Medicine Hat, Alberta lost via unanimous decision to Grande at “Unified MMA 45” in Enoch. On September 23, 2022, the reigning Flogger Series Lightweight Champion will fight for his fourth consecutive Unified MMA win as he returns to Enoch to face Alex O’Neil of Kemptville, Ontario, Canada at “Unified MMA 46“.