The way forward for MMA is India, says Ritu Phogat

The Indian tigress Ritu Phogat is all set for her next victory at ONE: Dangal, which will be aired in India on Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports First and Disney+ Hotstar on May 15, 3:30 pm onwards.

The MMA sensation and her father Mahavir Phogat in a virtual interaction, opened up about her upcoming match and life beyond the circle. Ritu is scheduled to face Bi Nguyen at ONE: Dangal, a tape-delayed event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Talking about ONE: Dangal, Ritu said, “It is a special IP for the Indian market as it celebrates a host of Indian Mixed Martial Arts athletes and presents them on a global stage.”

She adds, “It reflects India’s resilience, fighting spirit, and the mettle to take challenges head on. It also goes on to show that the future of MMA is India, and that we have the potential and the muscle to add a new dimension to the sport. Coming from the land of Dangal, the core of MMA is deeply rooted in our culture and we have the required skill-set to succeed. We have a plethora of super fighters in the country and it is about time that we recognise them.”

On being regarded as the ‘Indian’ Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ritu said, “I look up to him and he has been a great source of inspiration for me. I love his control over his opponents and his ‘explosive’ aura in the circle.” 

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