Anshul Jubli, the emerging star in Indian Mixed Martial Arts, faced a challenging start to his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) journey, succumbing to a loss against Mike Breeden at UFC 294 held at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi this past Saturday.
The match ended in the third round as Breeden secured victory with a series of impactful punches, putting an end to his own four-match losing streak. Jubli, who secured a UFC contract after triumphing over Indonesia’s Jeka Saragih in the Road to UFC final with a second-round knockout, now navigates the highs and lows of his professional MMA career.
In a heartfelt statement following the bout, Jubli shared his thoughts on the experience:
"Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life. Thank you for all the support I am getting from my country and around the world. I promise to go nowhere but only upwards and onwards. The higher level."
This statement reflects Jubli's resilience and determination to rise above the challenges, showcasing a fighter's spirit that goes beyond the confines of a single match. Despite the setback, Jubli expresses gratitude for the support pouring in from his homeland and the global MMA community.
He takes a moment to acknowledge the instrumental role of his coaches and teams at SOMA Fight Club and Crosstrain Fight Club:
"I am indebted to my coaches and team in SOMA Fight Club and Crosstrain Fight Club. An athlete is nothing without his team and coaches. PRANAM "
As Anshul Jubli faces this initial setback in the UFC, his words resonate with the essence of a fighter's journey—one that embraces both triumphs and challenges. The MMA community eagerly awaits Jubli's continued ascent, recognizing that every setback is an opportunity for a comeback in the dynamic world of mixed martial arts.