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Martial Arts: Ritu Phogat displays her MMA skills in Open Workout

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Harpal Singh Bedi / New Delhi

Martial Arts buffs in the capital got first taste of ONE Championship’s brand of fight live today as Ritu Phogat displayed her skills at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) here ahead of her face-off with China’s Pro MMA fighter Wu Chiao Chen at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 28 February

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE) held the official ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE Open Workout where the n wrestling superstar Ritu Phogat featured in an exciting workout session and interaction, discussing her successful switch to MMA from amateur wrestling.

Ritu became the first one to make the crossover having begun her wrestling training at the age of 8. Her selfless dedication and her ability to pick up skills quickly gifted her a sizzling debut late last year when she finished Nam Hee Kim in the first round by technical knockout to remain unbeaten at the ONE Championship.

Talking to media persons Ritu said “I am honored to showcase my skills in front of all the fans and media here in India. My career has been a fantastic one. But when I decided to make the transition to mixed martial arts, I knew the risk and the rewards. As an athlete, I am open to meet any challenge head on. I am motivated to become the best mixed martial artist that I can be.

Working with elite World Champions at Evolve in Singapore has really cultivated my combat skills and transformed me into a complete fighter. I know I still have a long way to go, but I’m willing to continue to put the woI reach my ultimate goal. My dream is to give India its first ever mixed martial arts World Champion.”

Even before Ritu made the switch, she already had three national championships titles to her credit and bagged the gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships as well. The following year, she won a silver medal at the prestigious World Under-23 Wrestling Championships in Poland, becoming the first female Indian wrestler to do so in the process.

But Ritu chose to embrace MMA and promptly moved to Singapore to join the world-renowned Evolve MMA, where she currently trains with multiple Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions to bring her striking and submission skills up to par with her elite wrestling.

“With a rich history of contact sports, like kabaddi and wrestling, as well as the passion points and national pride that Indian heroes ignite in fans, the ONE Championship platform will provide athletes like Ritu Phogat an opportunity to represent India on the global stage. It will increase the footprint of martial arts in the country.” said Hari Vijayarajan, Chief Commercial Officer of ONE Championship.

ONE Championship is a celebration of the true Asian values of integrity, humility, courage, discipline, honour, respect, and compassion, and our storytelling around heroes like Ritu will, we hope, inspire millions of Indians to be become the best version of themselves,”

While the 25-year-old impressed on her debut, she will now need to produce that same confidence and determination against debutante Wu in her upcoming fight. With whole of India following her, she is aiming to make the country proud by becoming India’s first mixed martial arts World Champion – a goal she hopes to attain within two years.

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