Pakistani mixed martial artist Asad “The Killer Jutt” Warraich will make his Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series debut on December 4, 2019. He will face Allan Albindo of the Philippines at “ONE Warrior Series 9” in Singapore in the strawweight division.
For this opportunity to fight in an international stage, Warraich thanked Bashir Ahmad, who is dubbed the Godfather of mixed martial arts in Pakistan. After competing in ONE Championship, the latter joined the organization in an executive role in August 2017 and he currently works under senior vice president of competition Matt Hume and serves as the ONE Warrior Series matchmaker.
“I am once again thankful to ONE Championship, especially Bashir Ahmad for this opportunity and InshaAllah I will not disappoint my country,” Warraich said. “Albindo has never faced an opponent like me. I am coming to ONE Warriors Series to get a $1,00,000 contract.”
Training at Adnan Ali’s only MMA gym in in Gujrat, Pakistan named Fitness Fighting Club, Warraich praised the efforts of his coaches and his manager. He said, “All of this would not be possible without Faizan Zan, Ahmed Mujtaba, Adnan Ali, Anvar Amirli and Muhammad Rizvan Ali who are taking care of us as athletes.”
Earlier this year, Warraich went to Azerbaijan for training camp and it was a great experience for him. For is ONE Warrior Series debut, he has been training with his countryman ONE Championship athlete Ahmed Mujtaba at Infinity Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts Islamabad.
Hailing from Gujrat, Warraich belongs to a Jutt family. He has three brothers and three sisters and their father is a farmer.
“I was a sports fan since childhood,” Warraich shared. “I took part in many games during my school life and always won. Initially, I started practice in boxing from a gym in Gujrat but later I realized that I can do MMA better so I started practicing in MMA in the same gym.”
An undefeated fighter, Warraich holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 0 loss. He won all of his first three fights in Pakistan in 2018, which are two Prime Sports fights and one Pakido Fighting Championship fight.
The martial arts journey of Warraich started with Muay Thai. After six months of training Muay Thai, the Gujrat native started his training in MMA.
“In the beginning, my family wondered what I was going to do,” Warraich recalled. “They were worried but after seeing my hard work and success, my family started supporting me. I want the world to know me as the best MMA fighter.”
“I want to make my country’s name known all over the world,” Warraich declared. “I want my family and my country to be proud of me. I am very happy to be a part of ONE Warrior Series.”
“It’s a big opportunity for me,” the Gujrat native added. “I will represent Pakistan and I will give my best to make this opportunity a proud movement and for those who are working hard and want to achieve something, my message is (for them to) look in to themselves to see what they can do best and focus on that, get on track and work hard. In Sha Allah, success will kiss their footsteps.”