ONE Championship is all set for an India specific fight card featuring four Indian/Indian Origin fighters for its upcoming fight card ONE: Dangal scheduled to take place on May 15.
ONE: Dangal will be headlined by UFC veteran and top ONE Championship heavyweight contender Arjan Bhullar who will be taking on ONE Championship heavyweight champion Brandon Vera.
In the co-main event, Bi Nguyen will take on Indian MMA star Ritu Phogat. Also present on the card is Roshan Mainam who will take on ONE championship veteran Gurdarshan Mangat.
Ritu Phogat confident of becoming the first-ever Indian World Champion in MMA history
While Ritu Phogat is fighting on May 15, she will also be fighting on May 28 at ONE: Empower against Meng Bo in the inaugural bout of the women’s Grand Prix tournament.
The group includes #1-ranked Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga, #2-ranked Meng Bo, former two-sport ONE World Champion and #5-ranked Stamp Fairtex, undefeated Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata, previous newcomer Alyona Rassohyna, and finally, debutants Alyse Anderson and Seo Hee Ham.
“Here it is,” Phogat said in an Instagram post, “the first Indian woman to enter the World Championship Grand Prix and my first step towards my goal of becoming [the] first-ever Indian World Champion in MMA history.”
“I need your blessings, good wishes, and support,” she continued. “I will try my hardest to achieve this goal … Lots of love to all.”
“C’mon India, let the preparations begin. Jai Hind.”
In her last fight at ONE: BIG BANG last year, Ritu Phogat starched Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres via first-round TKO.
FULL FIGHT CARD FOR ONE: EMPOWER
- Strawweight – 125lbs: (C)Xiong JingNan vs. Michelle Nicolini
- Atomweight – 115lbs: Denice Zamboanga vs. Seo Hee Ham
- Atomweight: Alyona Rassokhina vs. Stamp Fairtex
- Atomweight: Meng Bo vs. Ritu Phogat
- Atomweight: Itsuki Hirata vs. Alyse Anderson