Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Arjan Bhullar made history on Saturday as he became the first fight of India descent to win a world title in the sport after beating Brandon Vera to end his five-and-a-half-year reign as the heavyweight champion in the One Championship.
Bhullar registered a second-round technical knockout (TKO) win over Vera to become the country’s first-ever MMA world champion. The result saw the Indo-Canadian fighter take his MMA record to 11-1 (4 by knockout, 7 by decision).
“India, we got one now. Your first world champion. Let’s go.”
“We were going to box him up, get in and out range, wrestle him, pressure him, break him. That was the gameplan. I knew I was going to hurt him. I came into the fight the lightest I weighed in. I was ready to go 5 rounds.
“I’m well-trained, guys. I’ve been with the best since day one,” the 34-year-old Bhullar said before revealing his future plans.
“I have reached the pinnacle of this sport. Now, I wanna attack the pro wrestling industry. AEW, WWE, I’m coming for you guys next. Consider this a warning.”
— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) May 15, 2021
Vera, who had held the ONE Heavyweight World Championship since December 2015, suffered only his fourth-career defeat since coming into the competition in 2014. The 43-year-old Filipino-American fighter had knocked out each one of his heavyweight opponents in the first round before meeting his match in Bhullar at the Singapore-based tournament.
“It’s the first time in my entire career that I felt gassed in the first round. I’m in shape, we’ve been training, we’ve been working with the best people in the world. This is new for me,” Vera said.
RITU PHOGAT STUNNED
Meanwhile, India’s Ritu Phogat suffered her first defeat in the One Championship after going down against Bi Nguyen in a split decision verdict in the antomweight weight category.
Didn’t thought I lost the match but respect the decision…Am blessed after getting a huge support of you guys around my country and around the world after today’s match… thankyou everyone…Win and loss is part of game next time will work hard more..God bless all..stay safe pic.twitter.com/cddqkPF9c3
— Ritu phogat (@PhogatRitu) May 15, 2021
“Didn’t thought I lost the match but respect the decision…Am blessed after getting a huge support of you guys around my country and around the world after today’s match… thankyou everyone…Win and loss is part of game next time will work hard more..God bless all..stay safe,” Phogat tweeted after the fight.