Arjan Bhullar is the first Indian-origin fighter to win a high-level MMA title.
Ritu Phogat aims to combine striking and wrestling against Bi Nguyen as crucial 2021 calendar starts
Known for her grappling strength, Ritu Phogat aims to balance it with striking against Vietnamese-American Bi Nguyen at One: Dangal.
The 26-year-old Indian beat Philippines' Jomary Torres via technical knockout in round one of ONE Championship (ONE) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
One-and-a-half rounds, or roughly seven minutes is all it took for Phogat to canter to a Technical Knock-Out in this One: Inside The Matrix promotion; a commanding, ruthless performance that never gave the Cambodian Kun Khmer world champion a whiff
Ritu Phogat’s MMA coach Siyar Bahadurzada believes that the erstwhile wrestler is blessed with “tremendous strength” and will put her best foot (and punch) forward.
Nou Srey made it clear that her famed Kun Khmer skills will be her go-to option. Kum Khmer, or Pradal Serey, is a traditional Cambodian boxing form. It is a stand-up martial art but unlike boxing, the practitioners are allowed to use their elbows too.
Since her last bout, against Wu Chiao Chen on 28 February, Phogat claims to have worked hard on Muay Thai and Brazilian jiujitsu besides improving her boxing skills, and she aims to 'shock' her Cambodian opponent on 30 October.
The Singapore event would also include four world title bouts and a total of six exciting world-class match-ups later this month.
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Ritu, who had registered her second win in ONE Championship last February, is currently based in Singapore and said she is taking this break as an opportunity to work on her skills
Ritu Phogat beats debutante Wu Chiao Chen convincingly for second consecutive win in ONE Championship
Phogat's victory follows a sizzling debut last year where she finished Nam Hee Kim in the first round by technical knockout
Strike force and wrestling basics on her side, Ritu Phogat aims for first-round knockout in her second MMA bout
Come Friday, and a much-improved Ritu will look to knock the daylight out of Chinese-Taipei’s Wu Chiao Chen in ONE Championship's flagship event ONE: King of the Jungle in Singapore
Indian wrestler Ritu Phogat made a successful mixed martial arts and ONE Championship debut, putting together a dominant performance on the way to a technical knockout victory over South Korea's Nam Hee Kim.
Ex-wrestler Ritu Phogat cites YouTube as reason behind switch to MMA, hopes her debut boosts sport's popularity in India
In an interaction with Firstpost, Ritu Phogat reveals how she became interested in MMA in the first place, how her family reacted to her decision to quitting wrestling and more.