Over the past few years, several athletes have been switching their focus and field of expertise and transitioning from MMA to Professional Wrestling and vice versa. For instance, current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar left the WWE several years ago to fight for the UFC. He then went back to WWE after announcing his retirement from the UFC.
Another example would be CM Punk, who decided to step inside the Octagon after quitting the WWE last 2014, but his first fight was not successful. Punk lost to Mickey Gall via submission to a rear-naked choke in the first round. Nearly two years later, Punk is deciding to fight again, as it looks like he will be competing against Mike Jackson at UFC 225 on June 9th in his hometown of Chicago.
The latest and best example would be Ronda Rousey who officially made her WWE debut at last January’s Royal Rumble PPV. She will be making her in-ring debut at next month’s WrestleMania 34 PPV Event. Both Conor McGregor and Paige VanZant have also seemingly been showing some interest in transitioning to WWE as WWE has been showing some level of interest in them.
Another name who has been showing some interest in joining WWE is undefeated UFC Heavyweight Arjan Bhullar. Bhullar, who is 7-0 in MMA competition, made his UFC debut at UFC 215 with a win vs. Luis Henrique via unanimous decision. FloCombat’s Top Turtle MMA podcast recently interviewed Bhullar and during the interview, Bhullar stated that he would not mind getting in the ring with his friend Jinder Mahal. Mahal was supposed to accompany Bhullar at UFC 215, but could not, due to a hurricane.
“Down the road, anything can happen. I would love to be able to dip into [WWE],” said Bhullar.
A longtime wrestling fan, Bhullar also revealed that he was close to signing a WWE contract years ago.
“I actually had that opportunity to go to the [WWE] development system down in Florida after the Olympics and before I committed to this MMA journey I’m on,” said Bhullar. “You have to have passion for that to be able to do it day in and day out.”
Bhullar’s next MMA fight will be at the UFC on Fox 29 card in Glendale, Arizona, as he is facing Adam Wieczorek on April 14.
You can read Arjan Bhullar’s interview by visiting this link.