Valor Fights 38 is set to go down on Nov. 5 in Nashville, and the first two bouts have been announced for the promotion’s first trip to Music City.
In the main event, Zack Hicks (3-1) and Nick Gehrts (6-2) will square off at a catchweight of 150 pounds.
Hicks will be in his backyard as the Nashville native looks to improve on his 3-1 pro record. Most recently, he topped Rahshun Ball via submission at Valor Fights 34 in June.
“It’s just business as usual, really, but I believe this is the biggest fight of my career,” says Hicks.
“It’s cliche, sure, but this is the best I’ve ever been and I’m excited to show off all of my improvements and everything I’ve been working so hard on. A win on Fight Night puts me right up there among the top 145-pounders in the Southeast.”
Hicks will have to handle one of the hottest fighters under the Valor banner, however, as Gehrts has won his last four fights for the promotion and is 4-1 in his last five overall. Most recently, he submitted Steven New in just 57 seconds via heel hook at Valor Fights 32 in April.
“He’s going to go to sleep. I’m going to catch him in a choke or grab an arm or a leg and he’s going to be tapping out in a hurry,” said Gehrts, who is still just 21 years old and hails from Knoxville.
“I’m getting closer and closer to fighting on the international level. I just need a few more highlight-reel victories. I’ve got one coming up November 5 in Nashville.”
In the co-feature, a pair of former Valor amateur champions will throw down as Damir Ferhatbegovic (2-0) takes on Charlie Alexander (0-0) in a lightweight bout.
“He’s a striker too, so I hope the fight stays standing the entire time — that’s definitely what the fans want to see — but I see myself finishing it in the first or second round. I’ve got too many tools and have been training too hard not to win this fight,” says Ferhatbegovic, who hasn’t lost in more than two years.
Alexander won the lightweight title at Valor Fights 31 earlier this year and is now set to make the jump to the pro ranks.
“I’ve tried to carry myself as a professional for years, but this is going to be a special fight, since it is my pro debut, and there are going to be a lot of my supporters there, since it’s so close to home,” Alexander said.
Valor Fights 38 takes place at the Nashville Fairgrounds Arena on Nov. 5 and will air live on FloCombat.