This week, ONE Heavyweight World Champion ‘Singh’ Arjan Bhullar faces ONE Interim Heavyweight King ‘Sladkiy’ Anatoly Malykhin, but the Indian-Canadian mixed martial arts star is already looking ahead to the future. Bhullar is the current holder of the ONE Heavyweight World Championship.
This highly awaited heavyweight world title unification clash will take place at ONE Friday Fights 22 this coming Friday night, June 23, at the legendary Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. The seasoned fighter, who is 37 years old, will meet Malykhin.
Fans located in the United States and Canada will be able to watch this event live and without charge on the official YouTube channel of ONE Championship as well as a variety of other digital platforms.
Bhullar stated in a recent interview that he gave to the MMA Underground the previous week that after he settles his business with Malykhin, he wants ONE Championship to stage a live event in his native India, and that he is the appropriate figure to lead the push in making it happen. The interview took place last week.
“They have a couple of regional shows, which is a good thing; however, they require a world-class promotion with a world champion to come on the ground, and I believe that’s the last missing piece. ” We have the best broadcaster, we have the best promotion, and you have a champion; let’s get on the ground now, because I think that’s the component that’s lacking.”
Check out the complete interview down below:
The Indian state of Punjab is Bhullar’s home province. After that, he uprooted his life and moved to Canada, where he eventually won a wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. “Singh” competed for Canada at the Olympic Games held in London in 2012.
If Bhullar is successful in defeating Malykhin, which is not a task that should be taken lightly, he would be in the ideal position to steer ONE Championship’s expansion into India, which is one of the countries with the highest population density in the world.
But first, he needs to triumph over his treacherous adversary from Russia.