UFV wrestling coach Arjan Bhullar makes his UFC debut on Sept. 9 in Edmonton.

UFV wrestling coach Arjan Bhullar makes his UFC debut on Sept. 9 in Edmonton.

UFV’s Bhullar making UFC debut on Sept. 9

Cascades wrestling coach enters the octagon at Edmonton event

Arjan Bhullar’s debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been officially set.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades wrestling team coach enters the octagon on Sept. 9 at UFC 216 in Edmonton.

Bhullar is scheduled to fight Brazilian Luis Henrique, who sports a record of 10 wins and three losses in mixed martial arts competition. Henrique last fought at UFC 209 in March, losing in the third round to Marcin Tybura.

“Luis Henrique believes he is the better man. I believe I’m his alpha. We have a disagreement and will now be locked inside a cage in Rogers Arena on Sept. 9 in Edmonton for my UFC debut,” Bhullar stated.

The 31-year-old Richmond native became the first-ever South Asian fighter signed to the UFC when he inked a deal with the organization on May 18.

Bhullar has dominated the local mixed martial arts heavyweight scene, compiling a perfect record of six wins and zero losses during his time with Canadian promotions. He most recently defeated Joe Yager in Coquitlam on April 29 at a Battlefield Fight League event.

He was a member of the Canadian senior national team for five consecutive years, highlighted by a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010. He also was a member of the Canadian Olympic team for the London 2012 Summer Games, and finished 13th in the men’s freestyle 120 kg division. Bhullar was the first Canadian of South Asian descent to qualify for freestyle wrestling in the Olympic Games, and he was named Canadian Wrestler of the Year in 2009.

During his university wrestling career at Simon Fraser University, Bhullar won two NAIA national championships and one CIS title. He‘s the only wrestler to win a national title in both conferences in the same year.

Bhullar has been coaching the Cascades for the past several years, and also runs a wrestling club for youth in Surrey.

The UFC 216 event occurs on pay-per-view. UFC events typically run several matches on cable television prior to the paid show, but it has not been deteremined where the Bhullar fight will be slotted.

For more information on the event, visit ufc.ca.