Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat will try to keep her blemish-free record squeaky clean against one of Cambodia’s most dangerous female strikers.
“The Indian Tigress” will take on Kun Khmer World Champion Nou Srey Pov at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX on 30 October at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Before she meets the striking specialist in the ONE Circle for their atomweight mixed martial arts clash, we look back on Phogat’s budding career.
Phogat had quite the run in ONE Championship, going 2-0 in her first two promotional appearances.
First, the woman from India scorched “Captain Marvel” Nam Hee Kim at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS in November 2019 with a first-round TKO.
It all started when the Indian transitioned from half-guard to side control in the opening minutes of the contest.
Once there, she found her way into a crucifix position and rained down punches and elbows until the referee was forced to step in and stop the bout.
Three months later she picked up the hard-earned unanimous decision win against Chiao Chen Wu at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE.
In the opening round, the Evolve athlete pinned Wu with a quick takedown and once again unloaded with the ground and pound that got her the win in her debut.
But this time, the Chinese athlete recovered, and Phogat had to show what she was made of for the first time in the deeper rounds.
Luckily for “The Indian Tigress,” she was able to continue scoring takedowns at will and dominate her challenger on the ground en route to the unanimous decision win.
On the 30 October, however, Phogat will be in for a different test altogether. Nou may only be 1-1 in mixed martial arts, but she has a striking repertoire that should worry any woman who steps in the ring with her.
Nou has 90 wins in Kun Khmer and has competed all over Southeast Asia.
Will Phogat’s wrestling be enough to hold off the striking arsenal of Nou? Or will the Cambodian be the first athlete to hand Phogat a loss? Find out at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX on 30 October.
Catch the event on Hotstar, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, or the ONE Super App at 6 p.m. India Standard Time (IST).