Arjan Bhullar aims to become 1st Indian MMA Champion

Arjan Bhullar has the weight of a nation on his shoulders as he aims to become the first MMA world champion of Indian origin.

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"It’s always special when you can make history"

Arjan Bhullar hopes to make history on May 15, 2021, as he aims to become the first MMA world champion of Indian origin.

The Canadian national faces ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera for the title.

The pair were set to face one another in May 2020, however, the bout was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vera is undefeated at heavyweight in ONE Championship.

However, if Bhullar manages to dethrone him, he will become India’s first-ever MMA world champion.

He said: “It’s always special when you can make history because history lasts forever.

“So, being a World Champion will be a major milestone for me and my family.

“But being the first [World Champion] from India will make it that much more special for myself and for the future wrestlers and athletes from India.

“They will know that it’s possible, and it’ll be easier for them to do knowing that it’s possible – and they’ll be more athletes coming in and we will be able to multiply our fan base.”

Arjan Bhullar is confident heading into the contest.

He said he is relying on his youth against 43-year-old Vera, who became the inaugural ONE Heavyweight World Champion in 2014.

Arjan Bhullar aims to become India's 1st MMA Champion

Bhullar said: “It seems that he is sort of on his last end, but if you take away his heavyweight title, where does he go from there?

“And the answer is probably: away from the fight game.

“I can’t see him wanting to climb the ranks again and chase the title down.

“So, we’ll see what his future holds for him after the fight.”

Taking that into consideration, Bhullar predicts he will finish Vera. However, he says he will take the win wherever the opportunity presents itself.

He continued: “The outcome of this fight will be a stoppage with my arm raised.

“The stoppage will be standing up or on the ground, me pounding him out.

“It will be my hands on his face and on his body and him conceding victory to my will.”

Bhullar believes he will take the title and raise it in honour of India.

“To my Indian fans, don’t forget to tune in because you’re going to get your first World Champion.”

“When I take out Brandon Vera, it’s going to be a beautiful, beautiful moment for myself for all of us for the country.

“You’re going to have your ambassador, your champion, and then we’re going to blow this sport up all over the country and subcontinent and have many, many more coming down the line.

“Thank you for your support now and forever.”

The world title fight will be aired on May 15, 2021, at the previously recorded ONE: DANGAL in Singapore.

Other Indians on the fight card include undefeated fighter Ritu Phogat and rising prospect Roshan Mainam.

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