ONE: Bhullar makes history for India, ends Vera’s heavyweight reign
MANILA, Philippines — Arjan Bhullar was deemed as the first legitimate threat to Brandon Vera’s throne.
Bhullar showed why in dominating fashion Saturday night.
Bhullar dethroned Vera to become the new heavyweight champion in ONE: Dangal at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The 35-year-old Bhullar also made history as the first Indian mixed martial artist to win a world title.
Arjan Bhullar 🇮🇳 becomes the FIRST Indian Mixed Martial Arts World Champion, stopping Brandon Vera with second-round strikes! @TheOneASB #ONEDangal #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/e6gblkjshC
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 15, 2021
Bhullar stopped Vera in the second round, pummeling the Filipino-American until the referee stepped in to put a halt to the bout.
Before the fight, Vera had been unbeaten as a heavyweight in ONE at 4-0 with all of his bouts ending in the first round.
Vera has now lost two in a row after he failed to beat former champion Aung La N Sang for the light heavyweight crown back in February 2019.
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