History was made during ONE Championship: Dangal when Arjan Singh Bhullar became the very first Indian-born fighter to win a major MMA championship.
Bhullar dethroned first ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera by TKO in the second round during the main event which was televised in the United States on May 15, 2021. With this victory, Bhullar improved his professional MMA record to 11- 1.
In a recent interview with Heavy’s Stephen McCaugherty, they covered his fight with Vera, the sequel, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and more.
In addition to defending his heavyweight belt, Bhullar dreams of becoming the ONE light heavyweight champion, and more immediately, a pro wrestling star. Watch the full interview below:
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Bhullar would like to ‘get his hands’ on UFC’s Jon Jones, dislikes him
At the end of the interview, Bhullar was asked what he thought of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and if he would like to fight him one day. ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong recently shown interest working with the UFC to promote a “mega event” and Bhullar vs. Jones could be a fantastic offspring on this card.
Singh is close to Jones’ biggest rival, former UFC light and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Bhullar also trains with “DC” at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California. Cormier and Jones fought twice with “Bones” in the lead each time, defeating DC first by unanimous decision in UFC 182, then by KO in UFC 214. Jones’ win at UFC 214 was quashed after Jones tested positive for a banned substance.
For Bhullar, he would love to avenge his friend Cormier by beating Bones, whom Singh called a “fraud”.
“Damn yeah,” Bhullar said when asked if he wanted to fight Jones. “When I got into this sport, I went down to AKA. My first time that I walked through the doors [was] for Jones-DC 1. That’s when I walked in and I’ve never liked this guy since.
Although Bhullar respects Jones’ fighting skills, he views Bones as “a fake” and a “dirty athlete”.
“I don’t like it,” Singh continued. “I think he’s an impostor. It’s a fake. Do I respect his abilities? Absolutely. Do I respect his way of cheating? Absolutely not. I’d love to punch him in the face for that. He’s a dirty athlete.
“He always finds a way around the system and a way to win, and he has status. I would love to fight it. I would like to.”
When Bhullar first entered mixed martial arts, he always imagined fighting Jones. Singh made his professional debut in 2014.
“When I entered this sport. It was, ‘Okay, we’re going to face Jon Jones someday. I want to be able to beat him, let’s get to work. It was always the end goal. So if I could ever get my hands on him, absolutely. And I would be able to get revenge on AKA and my DC guy, so that would be a bonus.
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Bhullar said he had an altercation with Jones before Singh got into the sport
Prior to becoming a mixed martial artist, Bhullar was a very successful wrestler, competing in Canada’s Olympic Games in freestyle wrestling, as well as several other elite tournaments. And according to the ONE heavyweight champion, he had a “hookup” with the former UFC light heavyweight champion before fighting.
“I had a bit of a clash with [Jones] in fact, before even getting into the sport too. But it’s like that. “
Singh was asked about the argument with Jones, and he declined to give more information on the story: “We’ll save this for another time. If we get closer to a fight. I’ll let go of that then.
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