Arjan Bhullar

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Arjan Singh Bhullar
BornArjan Singh Bhullar
(1986-05-13) May 13, 1986 (age 32)
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight241 lb (109 kg; 17.2 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach76 in (193 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofRichmond, British Columbia, Canada
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total10
Wins9
By knockout3
By decision6
Losses1
By submission1
Amateur record
Total1
Wins1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Arjan Singh Bhullar (born May 13, 1986) is a Canadian mixed martial artist. Bhullar has represented Canada internationally as a freestyle wrestler at several world championships, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and at the 2012 Olympic Games. He is from Richmond, British Columbia. Bhullar is of Punjabi Sikh descent. Bhullar is currently ranked #25 in the heavyweight division by the website MMA World Ranking.[1]

Wrestling career[edit]

Arjan was a multiple time provincial and Canadian national wrestling champion. He graduated from Simon Fraser University and competed in the NAIA and the CIS. In 2006, Bhullar won a bronze medal at the World University Games.[2] Bhullar is a two time NAIA champion and was named the outstanding wrestler at the 2009 NAIA Championships.[3] In 2009, Arjan became the first athlete to win a championship in both the CIS and NAIA in the same competition year.[4] Bhullar was named the Canada Wrestling's Wrestler of the Year in 2009.[5]

Bhullar won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[6] Arjan represented Canada at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.[7] Giving back to wrestling, Arjan is one of the founding coaches of the University of the Fraser Valley varsity wrestling program. The UFV Cascades compete in the CIS.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In August 2014, Bhullar had his first amateur fight as a mixed martial artist. He turned pro in November of that year fighting with the Battlefield Fight League.[9] Over the next few years, Bhullar competed exclusively in his native Canada and remained undefeated with a record of six wins. Arjan won the vacant BFL Heavyweight Title with a victory over Blake Nash on October 17, 2015. He has defended the title twice.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[10]

Bhullar made his promotional debut at UFC 215 on September 9, 2017, against Luis Henrique.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Bhullar's next fight was against Adam Wieczorek on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29.[13] 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.[14]

For his third fight with the promotion, Bhullar faced Marcelo Golm on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Bhullar next faced Juan Adams on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 151.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[18] The fight marked the last fight of his prevailing contract with the UFC.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Bhullar is of the Sikh religion.[20]

Through his MMA career, Bhullar has developed a friendship with pro wrestler and former WWE champion Jinder Mahal.[21]

Championships and achievements[edit]

  • Battlefield Fight League
    • BFL Heavyweight Championship (one time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–1 Juan Adams Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy May 4, 2019 3 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–1 Marcelo Golm Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith October 27, 2018 3 5:00 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Loss 7–1 Adam Wieczorek Submission (omoplata) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 2 1:59 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 7–0 Luis Henrique Decision (unanimous) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 6–0 Joe Yager Decision (unanimous) Battlefield Fight League 48 April 29, 2017 3 5:00 Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Win 5–0 Chris Catala TKO (punches) Hard Knocks 51 October 14, 2016 1 4:29 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 4–0 Ryan Pokryfky Decision (unanimous) Battlefield Fight League 45 September 17, 2016 5 5:00 Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Defended the BFL Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Blake Nash TKO (doctor stoppage) Battlefield Fight League 39 October 17, 2015 2 5:00 Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Won the vacant BFL Heavyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Jon-Taine Hall Decision (unanimous) Hard Knocks 44 June 28, 2015 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 1–0 Adam Santos TKO (punches) Battlefield Fight League 33 November 7, 2014 3 2:22 Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://rankingmma.com/ufc-rankings/heavyweight/
  2. ^ http://www.smtp.commonwealthgames.ca/news/archive/wrestling-canada-lutte-announces-team-delhi-2010-commonwealth-games.html
  3. ^ http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/6652
  4. ^ "Bhullar first wrestler to win both NAIA and CIS Championships".
  5. ^ http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/6652
  6. ^ "Jumpers lift Canada's medal count on Day 7". CBC Sports. October 10, 2010.
  7. ^ "Arjan Bhullar Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  8. ^ https://www.ufvcascades.ca/coaches-staff/arjan-bhullar/
  9. ^ "Olympian Arjan Bhullar makes his MMA debut on August 23rd against undefeated heavyweight Josh Morgan -". battlefieldfl.com.
  10. ^ "Richmond's Arjan Bhullar ready to rock the UFC as its first Indian fighter". vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  11. ^ Staff (2017-06-08). "Luis Henrique vs. Olympian Arjan Bhullar booked for UFC 216 in Edmonton". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  12. ^ "UFC 215 results: Arjan Bhullar starts quick, survives late Luis Henrique charge". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  13. ^ Staff (2018-01-09). "Arjan Bhullar announces UFC heavyweight bout vs. Adam Wieczorek". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  14. ^ "UFC on FOX 29 results: Adam Wieczorek struggles early, then taps Arjan Bhullar with rare omoplata". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  15. ^ Staff (2018-07-31). "Arjan Bhullar says he's fighting Marcelo Golm at UFC Fight Night 138". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  16. ^ "Arjan Bhullar Defeats Marcelo Golm (UFC Moncton Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com". www.mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  17. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-02-20). "UFC Ottawa official for May 4 on ESPN+". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  18. ^ Shillan, Keith (2019-05-04). "UFC Ottawa Results: Arjan Bhullar Edges Out Juan Adams". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  19. ^ Mike Bohn (May 5, 2019). "Arjan Bhullar expects new contract after UFC on ESPN+ 9 win, plans on 'neutering' Andrei Arlovski". mmajunkie.com.
  20. ^ "Sikh UFC fighter Arjan Bhullar will wear a turban at this weekend's UFC event". bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ "UFC's Arjan Bhullar Talks Friendship With Jinder Mahal, Possible Move To WWE, Upcoming Fight". www.fightful.com.
  22. ^ Sherdog.com. "Arjan Singh Bhullar MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-28.

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