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.
Huge shout out to Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels from THE SOUND MMA in Squamish. Our affiliate school is breaking serious ground and taking the game up a notch in the beautiful Squamish region. Jamey took her first win in her first Muay Thai Fight… we expect great things from you, lady! Glad to be a part of your team. Well done Jamey- Well done Sound MMA.
Glory Champion, Hero Legends Champion, WKN and WKF Pro World Champion – Gabriel Varga is coming to do a striking clinic in February!!
Guess who’s coming to teach a striking clinic in February?! Glory Champion Kickboxer, 4 time World Champion, Gabriel Varga – February 26th (Friday) and February 27th (Saturday). Early registration discount.
85$ for both days, or 60$ for one if you register before February 7th.
100$ for both days, or 70$ for one if you register later than February 7th.
Titles: Glory Champion, Glory Contender Champion, Hero Legends Champion, WKN and WKF Pro World Champion
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It didn’t take heavy hitting Fivestar Fight League 185 lb Champ, Brendan Kornberger, long to plough through Blackzillian Fighter Nicolae Cury. At the end of the first round, Nicolae was unable to return to his corner after a brutal ground and pound finish by Kornberger. What’s next for this rising 185 lb star?
Congratulations, Brendan! Saving lives as a Firefighter by day, making people wish for death by night.
BFL 39 went down October 17th at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, and we sent three fighters to battle it out.
Robin Laybourn destroyed his opponent in the first round with ground and pound and eventually sunk in a rear naked choke to finish his opponent, and won the Light Heavyweight BELT. Robin was on fire, and with the support of his family and his team, he was unstoppable. Congratulations, Robin!
Tristan Connelly went to war in the cage and danced toe to toe with a wicked striker. A judge’s decision went to his opponent, but the battle was epic and we’re so super proud of Tristan. He has something that can’t be taught, and with a bit more fine tuning, Tristan will be back in the cage as a deadly force.
Arjan Bhullar, Commonwealth and Olympic Wrestler turned MMA Heavyweight just dominated is opponent in a beautiful display of wrestling, control, ground and pound and eventually a ref stoppage. Arjan holds the BFL Heavyweight title, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll be bringing to the cage in the future. Congratulations, Arjan!
Here’s an interview with your new Heavyweight Champ, Arjan Bhullar:
There will be an auction (dating, heatlh and wellness) at the Aberdeen Mall September 27th, with proceeds going to the Richmond Food Bank. Adam Ryan has graciously offered a 3 month training package for your bid (a 450$ Value), so please make sure you get the word out, and come on out and bid!
Also offering motivational speaking, and personal training, as well as a bunch of beer are our friends and comrades, Arjan Bhullar, Michael Hill, and Fuggles and Warlocks (Tom Orange)
2 Weeks after a new belt promotion, Bhavani took to the tournament scene to solidify her place in the Blue Belt ranks. With a final score of 13-2, it was a clear victory.
At the four minute mark of the very first round, Tristan Connelly unleashed a devastating flurry of short range elbows that literally stopped his opponent in his tracks. Tristan has cut to 145 and will take on Jeremy Kennedy for the strap at BFL 38 on Friday September 11th!
Ultimate Fighter Alumn, Michael Hill, wrote the following.
“Thank you Manny Sobral and Arjan Bhullar for asking me to be a part of a great Monday morning like this! I got to share my story with a group of under Privileged youth boys from East Van, and the boys club network! The look on these kids faces, answering all there questions , and the excitement they showed for the future after hearing our stories.
All good kids, with big smiles and even BIGGER dreams. They just need a little guidance and mentor ship. A little help, hope, and someone who believe in them!
I am very excited for my own future becoming a mentor to the boys club network and helping out through martial arts, our club here at Ryan’s MMA ,and just becoming a Big brother. If you or anyone you may know is also interested , starting a boys club network in your community or donating check out : http://www.boysclubnetwork.com/ and send them an email! ”