After a historic “ONE on TNT” event series on U.S. prime-time television in April, the world’s largest martial arts organization will carry its momentum into May.
Vera has been the longtime kingpin of ONE Championship’s heavyweight division.
Since making his promotional debut in December 2014, the Filipino-American has defeated every heavyweight who’s stood across from him. What’s more, he’s knocked all of them out inside the first round.
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Bhullar, however, plans to break the cycle.
“Singh” is a revered Olympic wrestler who’s masterfully applied his grappling skills to mixed martial arts, which has led him to a 10-1 professional record. Also, he’s developed a brilliant striking repertoire, which was on display in his promotional debut victory over Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli.
If Bhullar defeats Vera, he would make history as India’s first-ever Mixed Martial Arts World Champion.
ONE: DANGAL will also feature an all-Indian battle between Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat and Roshan Mainam, the return of #4-ranked women’s strawweight contender Ayaka “Zombie” Miura, and the highly anticipated debut of pound-for-pound Muay Thai superstar Tawanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym.
Of course, the card wouldn’t be complete without undefeated wrestling megastar Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, whose family inspired the 2016 Bollywood sports drama “Dangal,” which still stands as the highest-grossing Indian film of all time.
Phogat is scheduled to participate in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix later in May, but before she enters the tournament, she will face Vietnamese-American dynamo Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen at ONE: DANGAL.
For “The Indian Tigress,” this is an opportunity to make her nation proud, add another bright spot to the “Dangal” legacy, and justify her invitation to the biggest women’s mixed martial arts tournament ever.
Take a look at the entire ONE: DANGAL lineup below.
Full Card For ONE: DANGAL
- (c) Brandon Vera vs. Arjan Bhullar (ONE Heavyweight World Title)
- Tawanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym vs. Sean Clancy (Muay Thai – bantamweight)
- Bi Nguyen vs. Ritu Phogat (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
- Ayaka Miura vs. Rayane Bastos (mixed martial arts – catchweight of 58.25 KG)
- Gurdarshan Mangat vs. Roshan Mainam (mixed martial arts – catchweight of 65 KG)