On September of 2017, Arjan Bhullar created history by becoming the first Indian to sign with the world’s most premier MMA organization, i.e UFC. He made his debut against Luis Henry Barboza de Oliviera at UFC 215 headlined by Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko. Bhullar won his fight his spectacular fashion via wide unanimous decision.
Although he had to suffer a setback in his last fight against Adam Wieczorek, where he was submitted via omaplata. A loss in Bhullar’s last fight hasn’t hit his confidence as he promised to bounce back from his loss and quest to the top.
Bhullar, a Canadian National with Indian heritage and Commonwealth wrestling champion, who has competed at the Olympics and Pan American Games recently gave an interview to Bloody Elbow, where he is looking to set the record straight at UFC Moncton. He said that he knows how it feels to lose and said that he is going to take that to his advantage.
“As an athlete, there’s wins and losses,” he said. “That’s a part of our journey. It’s been a part of my life. And I have a process, when that happens, that I go through. There’s always something to be learned [from losing] so it doesn’t repeat. I came back, digested that aspect of it, digested my new reality of that ‘0’ no longer being there and then I threw it away.
“You have to take away what you have to, from that loss, and then you throw it away and become a better person, a better fighter, and focus on the next task at hand, which — for me — is Marcelo Golm on October 27th.”
Bhullar will fight Marcelo Golm at UFC Moncton and said that they were scheduled to fight earlier when the Canadian-Indian wasn’t even signed to UFC, they were scheduled to fight at another MMA promotion called Hard Knocks back in 2016.
“Marcelo has his skill set and if you ask me, I’ll tell you my life skills supersedes his,” said Bhullar about his next opponent. “What this truly comes down to are the intangibles. I’ve been on the world stage before. I’ve competed against world-class athletes. Trained with world-class athletes for years and years. That is all new to him.”
“He doesn’t know what it’s like to be uncomfortable,” continued Bhullar. “He doesn’t know what it’s like to be the nail rather than the hammer. And that’s what I’m going to make him do come October 27th. This fight, the way I’m approaching it — I am a champion. I’m championship caliber and he’s not that. I’m going to show the difference between us.”
Bhullar trains at AKA, so he regularly trains alongside Khabib Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier.
“It’s cool to be part of a great team like that, being in a training environment with that caliber of a fighter, it really gets you on track for what you’re aspiring to become and what your performance is going to be when it’s your time to compete. So I plan to showcase that, continuing on the tradition of excellence at AKA, especially with the heavyweights.”