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ONE: Bhullar makes history for India, ends Vera’s heavyweight reign


FILE — Heavyweight fighter Arjan Bhullar. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTO

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.

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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