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Sikh fighter to wear turban at UFC on Vaisakhi

IANS  |  New York 

A fighter will be wearing a as he competes on in the American (UFC) in a show of pride in his faith and tradition, according to the National Campaign (NSC).

Arjan Singh is to faceoff against on Saturday night at the in Glendale in state.

The is a mixed martial arts match fought inside an eight-sided "cage" with minimal rules and fighters using techniques from different disciplines like boxing, wrestling and judo.

is partnering with the NSC, which has been running a national campaign, "We Are Sikhs," in the US to educate people about the religion and dispel misinformation about turbans.

said: "It's important for me to wear my into the ring. Around the world, people do not know what Sikhs stands for and what our turbans stand for. We believe in equality for any gender, caste, race. Throughout history, we have been fighting for that as a people and the signals a readiness to protect those values. It's important for me to represent where I come from and what my people are all about."

Bhullar was forbidden from wearing a turban under the attire rules.

But he persuaded the and the sponsor, Reebok, to allow him to wear a turban.

Bhullar, 31, is an Indo-Canadian, who represented in wrestling at the 2012 London

He made his UFC debut in September in Edomonton, Canada, defeating

NSC said that Phoenix Bhullar fighting in has special significant as the first hate crime targeting Sikhs after 9/11 took place in the state when was murdered while wearing a turban.

Bhullar met the Sodhi family on March 16.

Anjleen Kaur, who is with the NSC "We Are Sikhs" campaign, said "Our Sikh kids have never seen a successful in the USA with the same skin colour as them, with the same values as them and who speaks the same language as them. For me, Arjan is more than just a UFC fighter, he is a to my children."



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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 07:36 IST