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Arjan Singh Bhullar's ONE Championship debut cancelled as opponent takes ill

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MMA BOUT between Arjan Singh Bhullar and Mauro Cerilli at ONE: Dawn of Heroes has been cancelled.

The Indian-Canadian heavyweight Bhullar (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was scheduled to make his debut at ONE, facing former Cage Warriors heavyweight champion Mauro Cerilli (13-3 MMA, 1-1 ONE). But Cerilli came down with a staph infection that pulled him out of the fight at the last moment.

There wasn't enough time left for ONE to arrange a replacement for Bhullar to fight. As a result, the bout had to be cancelled.

Bhullar, who had a reasonably successful run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship over the last couple of years, had prepared hard for his ONE debut. Beating an opponent of Cerilli's calibre would have immediately put him on a fast track to a title shot.

The former Commonwealth Games gold medal winning wrestler addressed the cancellation of his bout on social media, saying he was disappointed but he was excited to make his debut "in the near future."



Hey guys unfortunately my fight is cancelled. My opponent has a staph infection and wasn't able to get cleared in the medical check. . . I'm very disappointed not to be able to put on a show for all of my fans and loved ones. Was extremely well prepared for this fight and can't thank my team enough for their sacrifices during preparation. The coaches/sparring partners/therapists/specialists etc. It takes an amazing team of people to get me to this point and I will always be grateful to have them in my life. . . Lastly, I'd like to thank the team at @onechampionship for their unbelievable support this week. Every member of the company has been extremely respectful and supportive through this ordeal. My first experience going through fight week with them couldn't have gone better. I can't wait to debut in the near futureπŸ™πŸ½βœŠπŸ½ . . #disappointed #sorry #OnToTheNextOne #DawnOfHeroes #ThrillaInManila #TeamBhullar #OneBillionStrong

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