KB Bhullar: “You’re Watching the Making of a Champion”

Jun 17, 2019

EDMONTON — KB “The Bengal” Bhullar roared again at Unified 37. The fast-rising Edmonton middleweight climbed to 7-0 with a first-round finish against his toughest opponent yet, Cody Krahn, under the bright lights at the sold-out River Cree Resort & Casino. Bhullar, 27, spoke with Unified MMA’s Ed Kapp about his victory and what’s next in his blossoming career.

How do you grade your performance at Unified 37, now that the dust has settled?

It was a good performance overall. It’s difficult to judge three months of work with three minutes of fight time, but the strikes did their purpose, and so it went well.

Did anything about the fight surprise you?

I was not surprised with the way the fight played out, but I sensed that many spectators felt that the fight was going to be a “war.” I said before the fight that I will never intentionally seek out a slugfest, I will use my skills to maximize damage delivered and minimize damage taken, but that doesn’t mean I’m afraid of it. As my coach Keijiro says “when the rainy day comes, we’re not gonna stay inside, we’re gonna dance in the rain.”

A lot of fans are commenting on the improvements you’re showing on a fight-to-fight basis, especially after this win. How much are you improving on a fight-to-fight basis?

I’m always trying to improve between fights, but I think the big thing people are seeing is the growth I made in the years I wasn’t competing, combined with being healthy enough to take consistent fights. Like I’ve said previously, those were years of immense growth in maturity and in skill. I didn’t take my time off lightly.

Did you do anything to celebrate your victory?

I ate, and I continue to eat. It’s a problem. I’m currently in Singapore’s and eating.

(Laughs) OK, I’ll try it wrap it up quickly. When would you like to be back in the Unified MMA cage?


Where would you like to be one year from today?

Healthy, in the gym, and a marked improvement over the fighter I am today — and another leap forward toward my vision of the fighter I am becoming.

Finally, where would you like to be five years from today?

I’m going to be one of the best middleweights in the world. I believe if it with my entire heart and soul, you’re watching the making of a champion.