BHARAT KANDARE, the first Indian-born MMA fighter to fight for the UFC, has been recovering from an injury as he prepares for his return bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
After losing his short-notice fight with Song Yadong, which was Bharat's debut in the UFC, the former SFL Bantamweight Champion took some time off to make sure his next fight in the world's premier Mixed Martial Arts organization goes better.
But as he trains and recovers at the Superhuman Gym in Manipal, he took the time to pay a visit to the International Health, Sports and Fitness Festival in Bangalore and handed out medals to the winners and participants of the MMA Open Championship 2019.
"I am very impressed with the talent level of the new generation of MMA fighters in India. I'm particularly intrigued by the wushu-based fighters coming out of North East India, and the jiu-jiutsu players from Bangalore who are transitioning to MMA. I am sure all of them have the base and technical proficiency necessary to become well rounded fighters. It was an honour to meet them at hand out prizes at the IHFF."
Bharat presently has a professional record of 5 wins and 3 losses. He has previously trained at the famed Jackson Wink Academy in New Mexico, USA; and he wishes to go back there to hold an elaborate training camp before his next fight,
"My UFC debut fight came to me at short notice. So I want to make sure I take my time and adequately prepare for my next challenge in the UFC."