Singapore: Indian martial arts phenom Ritu Phogat will make her much-awaited return to the Circle at ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai, which will be held on September 29 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The 28-year-old will face Singapore’s own, former ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title challenger Tiffany Teo, who will make her debut in the women’s atomweight division.
Phogat has been one of the most active competitors in ONE Championship, having competed in a total of nine bouts since her professional mixed martial arts debut in November 2019. However, “The Indian Tigress” has been out of action since suffering a submission defeat to Stamp Fairtex in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Championship Final. Now recovered to full strength, Phogat is ready to resume her quest to become India’s first female MMA World Champion.
Ritu Phogat, Commonwealth Wrestling Gold Medalist, stated: “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. Tiffany is one of the world’s best female mixed martial artists and a former World Title challenger. 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.”
ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai features a stacked card of hard-hitting bouts showcasing MMA, Muay Thai, and kickboxing. The event is headlined by Thai superstar Petchmorakot Petchyindee, who will defend his ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title against young phenom Tawanchai PK.Saenchai. Also making a return to the Circle is Khabib Nurmagomedov protégé, Saygid Izagakhmaev, who takes on Chinese MMA veteran Zhang Lipeng in a lightweight MMA bout. The event broadcasts live from Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday, September 29.