Arjan Bhullar became the first Indian origin athlete to win an MMA title in a major promotion.
Arjan Bhullar has been wrestling all his life and he wrestled for Canada in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games. He said he was “born into” wrestling after his father took up the sport upon immigrating to Canada from India.
Arjan Bhullar is also a former UFC veteran. He signed with the promotion in 2017 and made his UFC debut against Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira at UFC 215. In that fight, he defeated the Brazilian via unanimous decision. He quickly compiled a 3-1 record in the UFC after moving to ONE Championship because of a much better contract offered by the Singapore based promotion.
He made his ONE Championship debut in October of 2019 against Mauro Cerilli at ONE Championship Century Part II. In that fight, he defeated the Italian via unanimous decision.
He ultimately got a crack and former UFC veteran and ONE Championship heavyweight champion, Brandon Vera, last week. At ONE: Dangal, the Indo-Canadian superstar put on a clinic and systematically took apart Vera.
In the second round of their fight, Bhullar hurt Vera with an overhand right and then proceeded to take him down and overwhelmed him with ground and pound to ultimately TKO him.
Arjan Bhullar hopes to inspire a new generation of Indian youth
Arjan Bhullar recently made it to Ariel Helwani show on ESPN, and Arjan Bhullar revealed that hopes to inspire a new generation of Indian youth following his title victory last week at ONE: Dangal.
"I eat the same food as you, I speak the same language as you, I have the same family values as you, my family comes from the same villages as you."@TheOneASB hopes capturing the One heavyweight title proves to a new generation of Indian youth that ultimate success is possible. pic.twitter.com/kagr5ddl1p
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 19, 2021
“Once one person does it, they know it’s possible. I came from a generation where we didn’t know what other things was possible, we didn’t know whether we could do this. It’s possible, I eat the same food as you, I speak the same language as you, I have the same family values as you and my family comes from the same village as you.
“We came from nothing and we did this, we are at the top of the world and showed the world that it’s possible. No other company thought that this was the market, no other people thought we can get here, but we have shown them and you guys are the future.
“Join the local wrestling club, join the local boxing club, join kabaddi. We have a strong and rich history of combat and you guys will carry this on moving forward and you are gonna let the world know that we have arrived,” Arjan Bhullar concluded.
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