‘The Indian Tigress’ Ritu Phogat has been re-included in the One Championship’s eight women Atomweight Grand Prix tournament that is going to start in September. She was bumped from this tournament after her controversial split decision loss against Bi Nguyen in March.
Now, Ritu Phogat is three fights away to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming India’s first-ever MMA world titleholder. Phogat is a Gold Medalist of the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship and she started her MMA career with One Championship in 2019.
She made her debut against Nam Hee Kim on One Championship: Age of Dragons and won four consecutive fights before she faced Bi Nguyen on One Championship: Dangal. But Nguyen broke her undefeated streak and Ritu Phogat lost this fight via a controversial split decision.
Many people raised their voices in her support and claimed this decision as a robbery as a result of which she came back even stronger and defeated Lin Heqin in her last fight on One Championship: Battleground.
Now, she’ll be facing Meng Bo from China in her next fight on 3rd September event, One Empower, a fight card that contains only the fights of the female fighters to empower women’s MMA in front of the whole world.
Meng Bo can be one of the toughest challenges for Ritu Phogat
Ritu Phogat is going to enter in one of the toughest fights of her MMA career against Meng Bo in the first round of One Championship’s women Atomweight Grand Prix tournament. Bo will be coming into this fight with a six-fight win streak with her latest win coming against Samara Santos Cunha on One Championship: Unbreakable.
She also holds a victory against the former UFC women’s strawweight champion, Zhang Weili who made her MMA debut against Meng Bo. Although Phogat won her last fight but this one can be the toughest fight of her MMA career.
Meng Bo is an excellent striker and grappler and Phogat has to utilize her wrestling to the fullest to win this one and move to the very next round.