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Ritu Phogat loses MMA battle to Tiffany Teo of Singapore

Indian MMA star Ritu Phogat lost her battle to Singapore’s Tiffany Toe at the One Champion’s ONE 161 event on Thursday. Ritu was of no competition to her rival on the day, who was booming in the presence of her home crowd. She won by submission with a rear-naked choke, with eight seconds left in the first round. 

Indian MMA star Ritu Phogat lost her battle to Singapore’s Tiffany Toe at the One Champion’s ONE 161 event on Thursday. Ritu was of no competition to her rival on the day, who was booming in the presence of her home crowd. She won by submission with a rear-naked choke, with eight seconds left in the first round. 

Tiffany Teo was a two-time contender in the strawweight category in the past and is trying to make her presence felt in the atomweight. Phogat on the other hand was in the atomweight championship final in 2021, where she lost to Stamp Fairtex. Since then, this was her first appearance in the championship.

Teo was smart in the early exchanges of the game although Phogat scored a crucial point. She delivered a few good low kicks and a solid right kick in the Indian wrestler’s midsection. 

Teo tried to grab Phogat’s right arm and locked her in a kimura but from there she was able to take the Indians back. With three minutes remaining, the round time was very much on the Singapore wrestler’s control. 

The 32-year-old also suggested that she was not intimidated by her opponent’s family history and said that specialists like her inadvertently shoot themselves in the foot by only depending on their bread and butter to win fights. 

Ritu Phogat, who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2016 for India, hails from India’s most recognized line of wrestlers. The third daughter of Dronacharya winner Mahavir Singh Phogat, Ritu signed with One Championship in 2019 to kick-start her Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career.

Phogat made her mixed martial arts debut against Nam Hee Kim at ONE Championship: Age Of Dragons in November 2019. She has mentioned it on multiple occasions that it is her dream to make it big in MMA and become the first Indian World Champion here. 

Despite the recent failure, the 28-year-old from Haryana has been reasonably successful in MMA. In the 10 bouts she has fought, she won seven times and lost just three of them. The fact that she was not active for over nine months played its part in the result as well.