ONE: CENTURY: Fighter Profile: Arjan Bhullar

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Canadian freestyle-wrestler Arjan Bhullar features for the first time under the ONE Championship banner this weekend, as he meets Italy’s knockout specialist Mauro Cerilli at ONE: CENTURY:.

The 2012 summer Olympics competitor holds an impressive 9-1 professional record since his transition to the sport in 2014. Bhullar, 33, hails from British Columbia in Canada and after an impressive stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, makes the move to the Singapore based ONE Championship.

Representing Canada during the 2012 summer Olympic games in London, Bhullar comes from a freestyle-wrestling background, bringing several national and provincial accolades with him to the cage. During his run with the UFC from 2017 to 2019, Bhullar managed a highly impressive 4-1 record.

A successful debut against Luis Henrique came at UFC 215 in Canada, before he suffered an omoplata loss to Adam Wieczorek the following year. Closing out his somewhat brief stint with the organization, Bhullar secured two straight dominant wins against Marcelo Golm, then Juan Adams.

Rather than re-sign with the promotion, Bhullar was offered a “unique” contract from ONE Championship. Originally scheduled to meet the aforementioned Mauro Cerilli at ONE: DAWN of HEROES: in August, Cerilli was forced from the bout after he suffered a staph infection.

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It’s a leap right into heavyweight contention for Bhullar this Saturday in Tokyo, considering Cerilli’s recent walk against heavyweight best Brandon Vera, who himself challenges Aung La Nsang for the light heavyweight championship this weekend. A victory for Bhullar this weekend against Cerilli, who scored a highlight reel stoppage of Alain Ngalani last time out, immediately inserts him into a title opportunity.


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