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One Championship heavyweight champion Arjan Bhullar desires to dominate professional wrestling and MMA-Sports activities Information , Pleased Easterday

Newly topped One Championship world heavyweight champion Arjan Bhullar is aiming to make a reputation in professional wrestling but additionally has plans to defend his MMA title and add extra belts.

After conquering wrestling and MM, Arjan Bhullar now desires to make a reputation for himself in skilled wrestling. Picture: One Championship

For Indian followers of blended martial arts (MMA), their dream of seeing a neighborhood world champion considerably received fulfilled on 15 Might when Arjan Bhullar defeated One heavyweight champion, Brandon Vera, at ONE: Dangal to clinch the belt.

A resident of British Columbia, Canada, Bhullar’s household initially hails from Punjab. And with the knock out win over Vera, the 35-year-old turned the primary Indian-origin fighter to win a world title at a prestigious MMA promotion.

Bhullar, a wrestler-turned-MMA athlete, first took to the dangal following the footsteps of his father who was an novice wrestler and competed at numerous ranges. Impressed by his father, Bhullar got down to make a reputation for himself on the earth of wrestling.

He gained a bronze medal on the 2007 Pan American Video games within the freestyle 120kg class, and a gold medal on the 2010 Commonwealth Video games. He would additionally develop into the primary Punjabi descent Canadian to qualify for Olympics in 2012.

A proud Canadian, Bhullar hasn’t forgotten his roots and is happy with his reference to India. He carries a mace, which he gained at a standard wrestling occasion, with himself to his MMA fights. And hoisted it within the ring after beating Vera for the world title.

“Wonderful (on profitable world title). I’m born and raised right here (Richmond, BC). I’ve represented this metropolis my total life and I all the time will. However I’ve additionally represented my tradition and my roots. I proceed to do this now and it has been a really beautiful reception,” Bhullar informed Pleased Easterday.

Bhullar took up skilled MMA combating in 2014 and now that his dream of turning into the world champion has develop into a actuality, he now desires to maneuver to skilled wrestling.

“I’ve reached the top of this sport. Now, I wanna assault the professional wrestling trade. AEW, WWE, I’m coming for you guys subsequent. Think about this a warning,” he had declared after beating Vera.

The work is already underway on that entrance with Bhullar and the corporate being in talks with professional wrestling organisations. He’s at the moment contracted to One Championship and can also be wanting ahead to having conversations with chairman Chatri Sityodtong concerning his professional wrestling plans.

“We’re concerned with the best stage within the sport, each WWE and AEW. They’re each , we have an interest. It is about getting a deal performed. Clearly having a dialog with One (Championship) as properly and Chatri and everybody being completely happy,” mentioned Bhullar.

“Look Chatri and firm are nice and they’re going to see the profit in me having the ability to do each. So, it is about sitting down with them and having some conversations.”

Nonetheless, it isn’t going to be an entire swap from MMA to professional wrestling and followers may quickly additionally see Bhullar defend his heavyweight title.

“I’m going to do each. We’re engaged with the professional wrestling world and we’re going to do each. I’m going to professional wrestling first as a result of we simply fought after which would defend (my title) and can preserve doing each,” mentioned Bhullar.

And if that occurs, the bout could possibly be towards South Korea’s Kang Ji Gained, a 25-year-old fighter whom Bhullar challenged from the ring after beating Vera. Ji Gained at the moment boasts a 5-0 report and defeated former Greco-Roman world champion Amir Aliakbari at ONE: Fists of Fury Half II. Bhullar, who additionally fought in UFC and has a 11-1 report towards his title, is aware of it might not be a straightforward problem.

“He (Ji Gained) strikes properly, he’s undefeated. He strikes properly on his toes, he strikes like a lighter weight man and he punched out a world champion from wrestling. So he’s very very harmful, he’s self-taught. I’ve to be prepared for all of these issues,” he mentioned.

There may be additionally information that the Indo-Canadian fighter could transfer right down to the sunshine heavyweight class to meet his need of holding two belts on the similar time. It is a problem most fail at however Bhullar is assured he may overcome it when the correct time comes.

“I’m all the time on the lookout for new challenges, and to make historical past and develop. There was no heavyweight who has gone down and gained the sunshine heavyweight title. Vera tried and failed and the place he fails, I consider I will probably be profitable,” he mentioned.

Bhullar additionally has some phrases of recommendation for India’s Ritu Phogat who at ONE: Dangal misplaced her first MMA bout, towards Bi Nguyen.

“Initially, I believed she gained the battle. I believed she did sufficient to win the battle,” he mentioned. “So really feel unhealthy for her, however other than that, she is getting extra environment friendly. There is a option to switch your wrestling over into the game the place you’re environment friendly and you may go all night time and that is the place she wants to wash up together with her effectivity and simply getting comfy with that.”

For Ritu to enhance her hanging, Bhullar’s tip is: “Extra reps (repetitions), get relaxed. Simply do not panic and wrestle and shut the hole higher.”

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Updated: May 28, 2021 — 5:54 am

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