“He’s got a lot of insecurities and I believe it comes from not preparing the right way, not being a professional,” added the Canadian heavyweight, who augments the training he does at home in the Greater Vancouver Area with frequent trips to American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, where he works with current champ Daniel Cormier, former champ Cain Velasquez and the rest of the all-star cast of coaches and fighters assembled at the elite training facility.
“He’s still in the phase of doing this for money and partying and girls and fame and his weight balloons between fights, so weight cutting is his biggest issue, not getting better as a fighter. He’s not professional in his approach and if you’re not professional in your approach and preparation, you cannot be truly confident come fight night.”
And one thing you absolutely cannot question about Bhullar is his confidence heading into the cage. If anything, there have been times where his self-assuredness have created adverse situations for him inside the Octagon, like in his loss to Adam Wieczorek last April.
Having dictated the pace and controlled the opening round, Bhullar felt in complete control as he closed the distance and looked to bring the fight with the Polish heavyweight to the ground early in the second. But after scooping Wieczorek into the air for a powerful takedown and eventually landing in his guard, Bhullar got careless and Wieczorek capitalized, attacking with an omoplata that forced the Canadian to tap.