After a decorated amateur career with IMMAF accolades, Grande, 24, is now seeking out his first professional title.
Grande said he’s not underestimating Sharifi, but does believe he has all the tools needed to walk away with the victory.
“He’s 2-0 as a professional. I’ve watched all of his fights. He’s decently well-rounded, but I think he’s probably going to be more of a striker. Tall, rangy and I expect him to have good cardio,” said Grande in an interview with MMA Empire.
“He’s got decent ground and pound, but I don’t think he’s going to be able to get on top of me to be honest. But he’s going to be a tough guy and it wouldn’t shock me if he comes out very aggressive in this fight, so I’ll be ready for that. But honestly this fight camp has just been improving myself overall as a fighter, martial artist, and as an athlete. That’s the mentality I’ve had.”