Since moving to Singapore from India last year to pursue a professional mixed martial arts career, wrestling sensation Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat has racked up three convincing wins in ONE Championship.
Next Friday, 4 December, the rising star will look to make it four straight when she faces Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres in the curtain-raiser of ONE: BIG BANG at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
“This match is going to be really good. [Torres] is really good, and it is going to be an interesting match,” Phogat said.
“She is a good fighter. She is going to be a challenge for me. I have watched her fights, and she is good. I respect her a lot, but I trust my training and hard work.”
Phogat’s hard work has certainly paid off so far. In her last Circle appearance, the Evolve MMA standout defeated Kun Khmer World Champion Nou Srey Pov by second-round TKO at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX.
It was a win the Indian dedicated to all her followers and compatriots.
“It was a very emotional moment for me,” Phogat said.
“My fans have always supported me, and I hope that they continue doing it. It motivates me a lot. I am grateful to my countrymen. I want to keep going, marching forward with their support. I fight for my country and when my nation is behind me, it is a blessing.”
“The Indian Tigress” will look to continue her positive momentum against Torres, whose wushu pedigree could present challenges if the women trade blows on the feet.
“She has a strong stand-up game, but I think my wrestling game is better. I am hoping that my ground game trumps her game,” Phogat said.
“For the rest, let’s see how it goes inside the Circle. I hope that whoever is watching, they see me as doing something different. I would surely like to do something different this time.”
A victory over Torres would continue to propel Phogat further up the atomweight division – potentially into the top-five rankings.
But if you ask the India native, all that matters right now is getting her hand raised in Singapore.
“I am not thinking like that,” Phogat said of trying to crack the rankings. “I just want to end the year on a winning note.”
Watch Phogat battle Torres at ONE: BIG BANG on Friday, 4 December, for free by downloading the ONE Super App.
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