The First Indian Born UFC Fighter Bharat Kandare has received the Dr B R Ambedkar National Award.
The award was given by the Dr B R Ambedkar Sports Foundation last day. The Foundation is a non-profit NGO which was formed to promote sports for all.
The Foundation also promotes education, research, and youth activities at the National and International levels. Bharat was felicitated for being the first Indian-born fighter in the UFC.
He has been busy as a coach to youngsters for some time now and has been instrumental in passing on the knowledge that he has acquired during his time as a fighter.
Bharat made history back in 2017 when he debuted in the UFC. He fought at UFC Shanghai against Song Yadong and although he suffered a first-round loss in the fight, Bharat’s name was written into the history books of MMA in India.
He currently holds a professional record of 5-3 to his name and has not fought since his UFC debut in 2017. After his fight with Song Yadong, Bharat was handed a two-year suspension from USADA as he tested positive for a banned substance.
As per Bharat, the banned substance got into his body due to a local doctor who was not aware of the USADA banned list while giving treatment to Bharat. The Indian also struggled financially to fund his training and has been out of action for more than five years now. Bharat was also released from the UFC in between the whole fiasco.
The 33-year-old is a former Super Fight League champion and was undefeated in the promotion. He had wins over names like Narender Grewal, Puspender Singh, Soro Ismael, Pierre Daguzan, and Sami Amin among others during his run in the Super Fight League.
Bharat has also fought in BRAVE Combat Federation where he suffered a loss to Ahmed Faress at BRAVE CF 5 which was the first-ever show from BRAVE Combat Federation in India.
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