In an exciting back and forth bout, Ritu Phogat
Ritu Phogat was supposed to fight Meng Bo earlier this year in May, but the fight got cancelled after Ritu took on Bi Nguyen at ONE Championship: Dangal on May 15 and lost via a close split decision.
Ritu Phogat then made her comeback after defeating Heqin Lin at ONE Championship: Battleground on July 30. It was an impressive victory for the Indian as she ended Lin’s 11-fight winning streak.
Play-by-Play for Ritu Phogat vs Meng Bo
Round 1: Both fighters start by throwing jabs and Meng Bo lands an inside leg kick and Ritu Shoots for a takedown but fails to capitalise on it and gets countered by the Chinese. Meng Bo landing back to back with hard right hands. Meng Bo is fighting in a very composed manner and now Ritu has Meng Bo pinned to the fence and the Chinese are showing incredible takedown defense. Phogat lands a hard right hand but gets countered by the right hand of the Chinese. Ritu Shoots again, but Meng showed good TD defense. Meng Bo catches Ritu with a hard right hand and she is staggered by the Chinese. Bo lands hard elbows and uppercuts and then sinks in an armbar and Phogat showing incredible heart so far.
Now Ritu scored a takedown and lands ground and pound on the Chinese.
Round 2: Ritu comes out firing jabs and shoots for a takedown, but gets countered. Ritu scores a takedown and is now landing hard ground and pound and is in control of the fight so far. Meng Bo gets out of the side top control. Phogat lands a knee and follows up with another one and then lands an elbow.
Ritu Phogat landed a hard right hand on Meng Bo with 30-seconds remaining on the clock.
Round 3: Ritu Phogat gets tagged with a hard right hand as she shot for a takedown. Now Ritu has Bo against the cage and scored an amazing takedown. She is in side control now and is landing hard punches and elbows. Phogat follows up with a knee to Meng Bo’s body with three minutes remaining in the fight, She continues to land hard elbows and punches. At this point, she is smouldering Meng Bo and the Chinese fighter is trying to stand up but all in vain as the superior wrestler in Phogat is dominating her.
In the meantime, with less than 90seconds remaining in the fight, Phogat continues to land punches on Bo’s body and now she follows up with knees to the body with just minutes left on the clock.
RESULT: Ritu Phogat defeats Meng Bo via unanimous decision