Even though their products are similar, WWE, with professional wrestling, and UFC, with mixed martial arts, have had good relationships since the 1990s. It must be remembered that in those days Dan Severn appeared in WWE with his UFC championship, and precisely on the Monday Night Raw with which he started the Attitude Era, almost 20 years ago, promoted the event UFC: Ultimate Japan .
In the new century, have had some interaction due to the participation of Brock Lesnar in UFC, in addition to at WrestleMania 31, Ronda Rousey appeared in Wrestlemania had a brief involvement with The Rock to subdue Stephanie McMahon and Triple H , who today Says that Ronda is fascinated with what is done in WWE , which is indicative that one day not far, this could appear in the female cast of WWE.
Now, the current WWE World Champion, Jinder Mahal, will break another paradigm by becoming present in UFC to accompany in his debut to Arjan Bhullar . Both are of Hindu-Canadian origin, and will be the first time a WWE champion will appear at a UFC event.
He is a Canadian Olympic wrestler, with Hindu roots. He won a gold medal in wrestling, a division of 120 kilograms at the Dheli Commonwealth Games 2010, and a bronze medal in the same category at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro 2007. He participated in the 2012 London Olympic Games as well At 120 kilograms, but was eliminated in the second round.
Since 2014 he has been engaged in mixed martial arts. Measures 1.85, weighs 120 kilos and is 31 years old. All his fights have been in Canada, accumulating a record of 6 won and zero losses. Now they have great expectations about their future in the UFC, as they will fight in a division that is in need of new talent, the full weight, where the vast majority of those who are active, have left behind their best years and with it, their fights Are less spectacular, and some even boring.
And even though Bhullar is a Canadian representative, the idea for him to make his debut with the WWE Champion – who is also Canadian but represents a totally Hindu character – will make the UFC stronger in India, a market with A lot of potential.
Mahal already enjoys a lot of popularity in India, and if everything goes well, they can even try to repeat the formula they used with Caín Veásquez, whom they sold as Mexican even though he did not speak Spanish well .
That’s why the good relationship between the two companies is important, and Mahal’s presence can be positive as well as Punk’s presence at the corner of Chael Sonnen in 2012 , only that time WWE did not allow CM Punk Accompany Sonnen in his fight .
So allowing the WWE Champion to be on the corner of Bhullar is just good for the business of both companies, especially if the debutant gets the victory, because the division of the complete ones really needs it. And maybe even one day he will appear in WWE supporting his friend.