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The Gada of Hanuman: Arjan Bhullar ahead of ONE 166 fight with Amir Aliakbari

LockerRoom Team
28 February 2024

In a sport where every fighter carries their own unique story and symbolism into the ring, Arjan Bhullar, former ONE Heavyweight MMA World Champion, stands out with a profound connection to his Indian heritage. As he prepares to face off against Amir Aliakbari, a formidable ONE Heavyweight MMA Contender, at ONE 166: Qatar, the significance of Bhullar's journey becomes even more pronounced.

Bhullar, known for his impressive skills and unwavering determination, recently shared a glimpse into the cultural depth of his fighting spirit. He revealed that the formidable weapon he carries into battle isn't just a tool of combat; it's a symbol of honor and legacy deeply rooted in Indian wrestling tradition.

"This is Hanuman's Gada," Bhullar explained, referencing the formidable mace wielded by the revered Hindu deity Hanuman. "It’s presented to champion wrestlers from Indian culture. This was gifted to me after one of my wins by the great Dara Singh, legend. It’s a great honor for me to represent that lineage and carry this into battle."

The significance of the Gada goes beyond its physical form; it embodies the spirit of resilience, strength, and tradition that Bhullar brings into every fight. For him, it's not just about winning matches but also about upholding the legacy of those who came before him and paving the way for future generations of fighters.

As Bhullar steps into the Mondrian Doha Ballroom for ONE 166: Qatar, presented by Visit Qatar, the stage is set for a clash of titans. The event, which will broadcast live from the prestigious Lusail Sports Arena on Friday, March 1, promises an electrifying lineup of matches, including three World Title rematches.

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In the main event, fans eagerly anticipate the showdown between ONE Middleweight MMA World Champion Reinier de Ridder and the formidable Anatoly Malykhin, who holds both the ONE Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight MMA World Champion titles.

However, amidst the high-stakes matchups and intense rivalries, Bhullar's presence serves as a reminder of the diverse tapestry of stories and traditions that enrich the world of mixed martial arts

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