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UFC News: "Need next fight ASAP," says Arjan Bhullar

320   //    19 Apr 2018, 21:30 IST

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 7: Wrestling
Arjan Singh Bhullar before signing with the UFC

What's the story?

Arjan Singh Bhullar expressed his desire to fight again after his recent loss to Adam Wieczorek in UFC Glendale.

In case you didn't know...

Arjan Singh Bhullar had his first loss in MMA against Adam Wieczorek in UFC Glendale.

He is the first Sikh and Indo-Canadian fighter signed to the UFC.

He is a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and the first person of Indian origin to represent Canada in the Olympics in Freestyle Wrestling.

The heart of the matter

Bhullar had a bitter loss against Adam Wieczorek last week and is looking to climb back to the win column with another fight as soon as possible.

After controlling Adam in the first round with his wrestling and some good striking, Bhullar would eventually get caught with an Omoplata early in the second round, officially losing the fight via submission at 1:59 of the 2nd round.

This was the 2nd Omoplata submission in UFC history, It is considered as one of the rarest submission to have ever pulled off inside the octagon.

What's next?

Bhullar is a big name within Indian MMA fraternity and is the face of Sikh fighters in the combat world.

He is just 31 years old and still got a lot of game left in him, thus it is really essential for him to climb back into the win column and be an inspiration for his fans.

With a billion strong Indians to root for him, Bhullar has the potential to be the face of UFC in Canada and the Indian Subcontinent, which can be utilized by the UFC to draw into the markets of these regions.

Author's take

Omoplata is a very rare move inside the octagon, and the fact that Adam pulled that off against a heavyweight like Bhullar with such an ease clearly speaks a lot about Bhullar's ground game.

He is a phenomenal wrestler with good striking, but his ground game still has a lot of room for improvement.

Thus, It will be ideal for him to invest more time in becoming more well rounded before his next fight, rather than rushing towards another bout which can jeopardize his immense marketability and risk his legacy.

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Anand is a freelance journalist, specializing in Mixed Martial Arts with Sportskeeda. Anand is also an Amateur Fighter and a Kalaripayattu Practitioner.
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