ONE Heavyweight World Champion Arjan Bhullar is read to welcome former UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou to ONE Championship.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Arjan who will ultimately compete against interim titleholder Anatoly Malykhin on July 14 in a title unification fight, stated he doesn't fear anyone, even a formidable knockout artist like Ngannou.
“He’s conquered the West, let’s bring him out to the East. I have no problem with this. People are scared of him as well, but if you’re a fighter and you’re a champion, it doesn’t matter who it is, you step up. That’s what a champion does, win, lose or draw. And I have never run away from a fight. I have never shied away. I’ve lost, but I am not that guy. There’s no one that can say Arjan Bhullar didn’t step up. I might win, I might lose, but I will always step on that line, I will always sign the contract. I’m a man at the end of the day,” Arjan said in the interview.
Arjan went on to add that he has the capability to neutralize the power of Ngannou.
“Obviously, he’s one punch, one kill type of guy. Until the end of the fight, he’s dangerous. He’s gotten better. He’s made adjustments, he’s more well-rounded, he’s much more dangerous now than he’s ever been. All of those things are accurate.
But there are levels to grappling. And even those levels to striking. I don’t get hit. I’m very good at being evasive. You see my face after every one of my fights, not touched. Everyone is saying Anatoly is a killer, they were saying that about Brandon Vera as well, and Brandon Vera has eight limbs to hit you with, Anatoly has two hands. And Francis would have two hands.
They’re nuclear bombs, I get that, but if you have a nuclear bomb and you can’t land it, what are you gonna do? Same thing with Anatoly. If your delivery system isn’t there to land a bomb, you can sit at home with your bomb. It means nothing. I don’t get hit. I’ve got that grappling,” Arjan added.
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