Arjan Bhullar is an Indian-Canadian mixed martial artist currently competing in the one Championship’s heavyweight division and competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a 2-time NAIA Champion and 1-time freestyle CIS Champion from Canada.
Bhullar was born on 13 May 1986 and his birthplace is Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
He completed his graduation from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.
On August 01, 2020, he had a new family member, Aykta Kaur Bhullar’s baby girl.
Arjan started wrestling at a young age as a collegiate wrestler and had a successful career while wrestling at 285 pounds, placing third in 2007 and becoming champion in 2008.
Bhullar was a member of the Canadian National Team and was also the National Champion from 2008 to 2012 at 120 kilograms.
In 2006, Bhullar placed third at the World University Championships and won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games 2007.
Bhullar became the first wrestler to ever win the NAIA and CIS titles, also named Canada’s Wrestler of the Year and NAIA outstanding wrestler in 2009.
He won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and represented Canada at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
In 2012 he became the first Canadian wrestler of South Asian ethnicity to represent the National Team at the Summer Olympics and ended up placing 13th.
Arjan is one of the founding coaches of the University of the Fraser Valley varsity wrestling program.
Mixed Martial Arts
In May 2017, it was announced that Bhullar had signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship becoming the first fighter of Indo-Canadian descent to sign with the company.
Bhullar made his promotional debut at UFC 215 on September 9, 2017, against Luis Henrique and won the fight.
Bhullar’s next fight was against Adam Wieczorek on April 14, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29. After controlling the first round with his wrestling, Bhullar would eventually get caught with an omoplata early in the second round, officially losing the fight via submission at 1:59 of round 2.
For his third fight with the promotion, Bhullar faced Marcelo Golm on October 27, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 138 and won the fight via unanimous decision.
Bhullar next faced Juan Adams on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 151 and won the fight by unanimous decision.
Bhullar signed a deal with the Asia-based MMA promotion ONE Championship on July 3, 2019.
On February 1, 2020, it was announced that Bhullar would be challenging Brandon Vera for the ONE Heavyweight World Championship but the duel was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 15, 2021, he defeated Brandon Vera via second-round technical knockout to win the ONE Heavyweight World Championship becoming the first fighter of Indian descent to win an MMA world title.