Earlier this year Arjan Singh Bhullar became the first Indian to sign up in the UFC. And now, Bharat Khandare is all set to be the first Indian-born Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in the UFC.
The 28-year old was first approached by UFC three years back but the deal did not go through because of his prior commitments. He will now have his debut fight against Pingyuan Liu, who has won 12 fights in the tournament, in the UFC Bantamweight division at the UFC Fight Night in Shanghai on November 25.
Liu will look confident ahead of the bout, having lost only four UFC matches, against the Maharashtrian. Khandare’s last match was against in April at the Brave 5 event in Mumbai against Ahmed Faress in a high-profile Bantamweight showdown where he suffered a first-round defeat.