Indian MMA star Ritu Phogat will be a part of ONE Championship’s Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix.
The Atomweight Grand Prix will feature eight fighters from across the world and the promotion will kick things off on May 28.
The fighters that will participate are Meng Bo of China, Seo Hee Ham of South Korea, Stamp Fairtex of Thailand, Alyona Rassohyna of Ukraine, Alyse Anderson of the United States, Itsuki Hirata of Japan, Ritu Phogat of India and Denice Zamboanga of the Philippines.
The ONE Championship announced the participants of the Grand Prix tournament on social media.
🇨🇳 Meng Bo
🇰🇷 Seo Hee Ham
🇹🇭 Stamp Fairtex
🇺🇦 Alyona Rassohyna
🇺🇸 Alyse Anderson
🇯🇵 Itsuki Hirata
🇮🇳 Ritu Phogat
🇵🇭 Denice Zamboanga
🙆♀️ 8 women
🏆 ONE winner
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) February 24, 2021
ONE Championship also stated that they will be announcing the match-ups soon.
Ritu Phogat will have a tough challenge in the Grand Prix tournament, but the Haryana native has been training hard and is ready to take on any challenge.
In her last fight at ONE: BIG BANG last year, Ritu Phogat starched Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres via first-round TKO.
Ritu Phogat wants to win world title to make her father proud
While Ritu trains out of EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore, she also takes the advice of her father and legendary wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat.
“My father always tells me whatever I have to do inside the cage, I have to do by myself and not depend on the moves my opponent pulls inside the cage,” Ritu Phogat said in an interview with Parvin Dabas of The MMA India Show.
“My father tells me to constantly apply pressure on my opponents so that they’re tired mentally and that’s exactly what I did in my fight against Nou. I then followed it up with my takedown and combinations which is my favourite move.”
While Mahavir Singh Phogat is happy with the performance her daughter put inside the cage, Ritu told The MMA India Show that her father will be happier once she wins the world title.
“My father was happy, but he will be happier when I win the world title for my country. He said that this is nothing, as I progress forward in my MMA career, I will be fighting tougher opponents and for that, I need to keep training hard,” Ritu Phogat concluded.
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