UFC fighter turned down a chance at a WWE career after receiving advice from Jinder Mahal

Arjan Bhullar hasn’t been fighting in the UFC long. Infact, he’s only had one fight.

Bhullar, 31, marked his UFC debut with a unanimous decision victory over Luis Henrique in Sept. 2017 which elevated his professional MMA record to an undefeated 7-0.

The former wrestler, who represented Canada at the Olympic Games in 2012, is beginning to cause shockwaves in the sport both in and outside the octagon. Not only is he the promotion’s first athlete of Indian origin but also their first fighter of Sikh faith.

He recently spoke to The Sun in the UK.

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Bhullar made history by becoming the first Indian-born fighter to win in MMA’s elite bracket with a unanimous points victory over Luis Henrique in September. But it could have panned out much differently for him after representing Canada – where he grew up – in wrestling at London 2012.

Bhullar, 31, said: “We were in talks after the Olympics with both the UFC and WWE to figure out the next step career wise.

“The WWE wanted me to come down to the development centre in Florida and go through that.”

But for family-man Bhullar, who is married with a child on the way, the gruelling schedules wrestlers are put through was a major turn off.

And it was WWE superstar and fellow Indian Jinder Mahal, who recently lost the title to AJ Styles, who opened his eyes.

Bhullar said: “I actually reached out to Jinder and asked him about the schedule and what it would look like if I were to take that opportunity.

“I realised how crazy it is – they’re never at home. I’m a pretty family-orientated guy and I still have that competitive edge as well.

“For those two reasons I was able to go the UFC route.”

“Down the line – to dabble in the WWE – I’m open to that. I grew up on WWE.”

For now though, Bhullar is focused on becoming a UFC champion.

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