Indian mixed martial artist and former national boxing champion Asha Roka (4-2) is set to trade blows against Alyse Anderson (5-2) at the upcoming ONE 157, which is scheduled to take place on 20th May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Hailing from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Asha is coming off two back-to-back losses in the past after staying undefeated in four of her first fights. She had suffered her ONE debut against title contender Fairtex at ONE Championship: Dreams of Gold on 16th August 2019 via rear-naked choke, followed by another unanimous decision loss to Gina Iniong at ONE Championship: Fire Fury on 31st January 2020. The “Knockout Queen”, would be making her come back to the cage after more than two years of hiatus and is expected to go all out to get back to winning ways.
Asha Roka wants to fight Bi Nguyen next
If Asha Roka gets past Alyse Anderson this weekend then she wants to fight against Bi Nguyen at ONE Championship. Bi Nguyen is a well-known name amongst the Indian fans as he has previously defeated Ritu Phogat and Pooja Tomar and also made an appearance as a mentor on ‘India’s Ultimate Warrior’ which streamed on Discovery Plus.
Asha Roka in an interview with ‘The MMA India Show‘ talked about her upcoming plans and her preparations for her upcoming fight against Alyse Anderson.
1) How is the training going on for your fight?
I think I had good enough and a really long training camp for this fight so I think I’ve never been this ready ever.
2) Where are you training for this fight?
I have trained at Sanshikan and a group of MMA fighters like Puja Tomar and Himanshu Kaushik.
3) If you win this fight, is there any other name you would like to call out from the top 5 in ONE Championship?
Yea, I want to fight ‘killer Bee’ Bi Nguyen. She’s been in my mind for a long time.
4) Would a fight against Ritu Phogat entice you? Should ONE Championship stage it in India?
Yea would love to fight against her. She’s the best from India so far.
5) How active do you want to be after your next fight?
I want to make up for the time I lost lately due to the pandemic, this year I want to fight back to back.
Watch the event live on Disney+ Hotstar beginning with the lead card at 2:30 p.m. India Standard Time (IST) on Friday, 20 May.
The main card broadcasts live on Disney+ Hotstar at 6 p.m. IST.