Checkmat’s very own wrestler-turned-MMA-fighter Arjan Bhullar (7-0 MMA) was triumphant in his heavyweight UFC debut against Brazilian Luis Henrique (10 – 4 MMA) at UFC 215 in Alberta. Arjan took the center of the octagon and pressured his Brazilian opponent from the get go, scoring a knockdown after a heavy right hand and getting a crucial takedown later in the fight. Although Henrique seemed to come out strong in round 3, it wasn’t enough; Arjan won the fight by unanimous decision (29-28, 2 rounds to 1). Arjan is the first Indian fighter to join the UFC and hopes to play a big role in popularizing MMA in India.
On the same day as the UFC event, two more of our fighters took part in the Battlefield Fight League 51 at Hardrock Casino in Coquitlam, BC. Checkmat’s Manny Fernandez fell short against Matt Leper in an amateur catchweight bout (160 lb) that saw the two men exchange powerful punches in round 1.
Meanwhile in the main event, Checkmat’s Achilles Estremadura defeated Thomas Patrick in another 160 lb catchweight bout. Achilles dominated all three rounds with striking before getting the knockout in round 3, not letting his jiu-jitsu-oriented opponent take the fight to the ground.