Arjan Bhullar MMA

ONE Championship saw history made with the dawn of a brand new heavyweight era in 2021.

"Singh" Arjan Bhullar defeated Brandon "The Truth" Vera by second-round TKO at ONE: Dangal earlier this year to become India's first mixed martial arts World Champion. After Vera's long tenure as the only ONE Heavyweight World Champion, the Canadian-Indian took the mantle as the heavyweight waters became more shark-infested by the day.

The past year has been an exciting time for the division in ONE. Amir Aliakbari, Reug Reug, Kang Ji Won, and more have arrived on the scene to be a threat to the gold. And all the while Vera stood at the forefront, Bhullar was looming to be the beacon of that change.

Now it is Bhullar with the bullseye on his back with Vera and others chasing him.

The shakeup in the division makes it one of the most compelling to watch. The growing star power and intriguing opposition will keep the division evolving and will make sure Bhullar is on his toes with constant challenges.

It is a whole new heavyweight world thanks to "Singh."

How will this shift not only the heavyweight division but India's martial arts landscape?

Hear from industry experts like Mitch Chilson as they break down the importance of Bhullar as the ONE Heavyweight World Champion and how that will impact the martial arts scene in India.

Enjoy this video courtesy of ONE detailing Arjan Bhullar's rise to become India's first-ever mixed martial arts World Champion.

How Arjan Bhullar Became The FIRST Indian MMA World Champion 🇮🇳

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ONE Championship has announced its return on Friday, August 13, with ONE: Battleground II. The event, which has been previously recorded, will feature five mixed martial arts bouts.

At the top of the bill will be Eduard "Landslide" Folyang welcoming Zhang Lipeng to the Circle.

The debut match for Zhang offers him a massive opportunity against a former ONE Lightweight World Champion. The pivotal matchup in the lightweight division will position the winner for a possible contender's bout later this year.

Another World Champion will see action in the co-main event.

Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex "Little Rock" Silva returns to the Circle against Miao Li Tao, who hopes to knock-off the #5-ranked strawweight contender and jump into the official ONE athlete rankings.

Also in action, heavyweight striker extraordinaire Alain "The Panther" Ngalani meets undefeated Thomas Narmo in a matchup that will surely provide fireworks to be remembered.

In flyweight action, Eko Roni Saputra looks to build on his four-bout winning streak against China's Liu Peng Shuai. The Indonesian grappler has looked sensational as of late and can continue to make his case for flyweight contendership with another stoppage victory.

Opening the card will be a lightweight match between India's Rahul Raju and Mongolia's Otgonbaatar Nergui.

The previously recorded event can be seen on Friday, August 13 on Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report YouTube, and the Bleacher Report app at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST.

ONE: Battleground II Card

Eduard Folayang vs. Zhang Lipeng

Alex Silva vs. Miao Li Tao

Thomas Narmo vs. Alain Ngalani

Eko Roni Saputra vs. Liu Peng Shuai

Otgonbaatar Nergui vs. Rahul Raju

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