The eleventh in the series of mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions called “Fight Night” will be held in Kabul on Friday, and five Iranian athletes will compete against five Afghan mixed martial arts fighters.
The main fight of the event will be between the current champion Wahid Nazhand, from Afghanistan, and Zaki Rasul, from Afghanistan, who will fight for the title.
Some of the athletes who appeared at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday expressed their readiness to participate in the event, which is being held after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This time, Iranian fighters will attend the event with a message and want to prove that mixed martial arts in Iran are not less than Afghanistan,” said Amanullah Nuristani, a chief organizer of the competition.
“Mixed martial arts competitions in Afghanistan are good. I have seen their fights. The athletes are strong,” said Sajjad Abbasi, an Iranian athlete.
Eight fights will be held during this round of the competition.
“As you see, my fights have been better than Wahid Nazhand's and I have put in a lot of effort. You will soon witness a historic event on Friday night,” said Zaki Rasul, a free fighter.
“It is a friendly match. I am ready for it. I will defend my championship,” said Wahidullah Nazhand, a mixed martial art athlete.
The competition is organized by MOBY Group in association with the Snow Leopard Fighting Championship (SLFC) to promote mixed martial arts and introduce MMA to the public.
It is held once every two months. The event will be aired on TOLO and LEMAR TV channels.