Ritu Phogat Aims To Be “India’s first female MMA World Champion” As She Prepares For Tiffany Teo At ONE 161

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Indian MMA superstar Ritu Phogat (7–2) will be looking forward to returning to winning ways as she takes on Tiffany Teo At ONE 161 later this month, but the former CWG gold medallist has a long-term ambition- to become the country’s first female mixed martial arts world champion.

Fans and viewers will see a different Indian Tigress: Ritu Phogat 

Ritu Phogat will face Tiffany Teo at ONE: 161 on 29th September in Singapore. (Image Courtesy: ONE Championship)

Coming from a submission loss to Stamp Fairtex in the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Final at ONE 148 last December which marked her second professional defeat, Ritu will now be seen in action against Tiffany Teo, a former ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title challenger, at ONE 161 on 29th September in Singapore.

Returning to action after a recovery period of nine months , ‘The Indian Tigress’ hopes to defeat her Singaporean opponent, which she sees as the next step in her path to becoming a world champion.

“I am pleased to be back in the Circle and eagerly anticipate my match with Tiffany Teo. My extended time off has allowed me to fully heal, making me stronger than ever. I am all set to achieve my goal to win at ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs.Tawanchai,” said Ritu in a recent interview on Thursday.

“Tiffany is one of the world’s best female mixed martial artists and a former World Title challenger,” the 28-year-old went on, “However, I have worked very hard on my game and I have trained intensively over the past few months. Because of this, I am confident that I will be able to defeat my opponent. The faith of crores of Indians in me, along with the support of my family, has been incredibly inspiring. I look forward to making my country proud by winning this fight and pursuing my goal of becoming India’s first female MMA World Champion.”

“Being mentally strong is just as crucial as being physically robust. I intend to show a different side of me in this match. Fans and viewers will see a different Indian Tigress. Applying the principle of fearless combat handed down to me by my father, I will relentlessly apply my techniques and not give my opponent a chance to attack,” Ritu added. [H/T News18.com]

ONE 161 Full Fight Card

Main Card

  • (c) Petchmorakot Petchyindee vs. Tawanchai PK.Saenchai (ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title)
  • Roman Kryklia vs. Guto Inocente (Heavyweight World Grand Prix semifinal)
  • Iraj Azizpour vs. Bruno Chaves (Heavyweight World Grand Prix semifinal)
  • Zhang Lipeng vs. Saygid Izagakhmaev (MMA – lightweight)
  • Ritu Phogat vs. Tiffany Teo (MMA – women’s atomweight)
  • Yuya Wakamatsu vs. Wang Shuo (MMA – flyweight)

Lead Card

  • Capitan Petchyindee vs. Alaverdi Ramazanov (Muay Thai – bantamweight)
  • Sangmanee PK.Saenchai vs. Zhang Chenglong (Muay Thai – bantamweight)
  • Oumar Kane vs. Batradz Gazzaev (MMA – heavyweight)
  • Ferrari Fairtex vs. Han Zi Hao (Muay Thai – bantamweight)
  • Rodrigo Marello vs. Ruslan Bagdasarian (submission grappling – bantamweight)
  • Matheus Felipe vs. Ali Foladi (MMA – middleweight)
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