The Indian MMA scene has grown quite a lot over the last few years and the country is full of untapped talent. For a country like this where people are fascinated by the traditional way of wrestling and great wrestlers like Dara Singh was born, the amount of MMA fighters hailing from the nation is almost negligible. However, this situation seems to be changing pretty soon as Mumbai based Bharat Khandare has become the first fighter from India to sign for MMA promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship a.k.a UFC.
Bharat is all set to make his debut against China’s Pingyuan Liu in the bantamweight division (57 to 61 kg) in UFC Fight Night in Shanghai on November 25 and all eyes will be on him from the Indian fans. In a recent interview, he has stated, “I started as a wrestler. After some ugly politics in the sport, I didn’t see my career evolve and switched to MMA. It’s been a great decision so far. I’m currently in the best phase of my life, with a UFC contract under my belt.”
After being unhappy with the domestic circuit, he shifted to the famous Jackson Wink MMA academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico which is known for producing world champions like Holly Holm and Jon Jones. He also said, “The camp at Jackson Wink MMA was excellent. The environment taught me a lot. Greats like Jon Jones and Holly Holm are so humble and they shared their experience with everybody. It was truly magical.”
Nevertheless, it will be one hell of a fight and the sports fanatics are all geared up for this extraordinary event. Let’s see how far this local boy goes and makes the nation proud.