A Canadian man has become the first-ever South-Asian and Sikh mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion.
Arjan Singh Bhullar made history on May 15 as he claimed the ONE Heavyweight World Title, beating out reigning champion Brandon Vera in the second round.
A former member of Canada’s Olympic wresting team, Bhullar was born and raised in Richmond, British Columbia.
“If you got dreams, chase them down,” he tweeted. “History made.”
WE DID IT!🇮🇳
If you got dreams, chase them down. Thanuwad sare a nu for support🙏🏾History made.
.#andnew #DownGoesVera #KingOfTheDangal #ONEDangal #TeamBhullar #OneBillionStrong pic.twitter.com/BkoIG7qiHj
— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) May 15, 2021
ONE Championship is a mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and Muay Thai organization based in Singapore.
Bhullar and Vera were originally supposed to square-off for the heavyweight title in 2020, but the fight was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.