‘I Want To Knock Her Out’ – Ritu Phogat Eager To Make Statement Against Tiffany Teo At ONE 161

After tasting defeat in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Championship Final, Ritu Phogat knows her next fight will be a pivotal moment in her MMA career.

The Indian wrestling sensation welcomes longtime strawweight fighter Tiffany Teo to the atomweight ranks at ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai on Thursday, September 29, and she knows a victory would put her back on the right track.

Teo, a two-time ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title challenger, has high hopes in her new division.

But even though the Singaporean is motivated to make an instant impact in her atomweight debut, “The Indian Tigress” is ready to test her skills against the veteran and continue to move forward in her quest for gold.

Phogat said:

“Every fight is important for me, but this is even more crucial because I suffered a loss in my last match, and then I got injured too. My opponent is an experienced athlete. I am looking forward to this fight and want to make a good comeback.”

It’s been nine months since Phogat’s submission defeat to Stamp Fairtex in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Championship Final, but the Evolve MMA representative has used her time away from the Circle wisely.

“The Indian Tigress” battled through an intense schedule in 2021, having fought a total of five times in the past year. In the process, she carried a longtime injury that stems from her days as a competitive wrestler.

However, the time off has allowed her to heal properly, as well as improve her all-around MMA skills.

She said:

“I had suffered this injury on my right shoulder during my amateur wrestling days. Last year, I had to fight with very little gap. The doctor asked me to take a rest, but it was not an option for me then. But after my last fight, I took some time off to rest and make a comeback. 

“I had taken some time off just so that I could get back to winning ways. I am up for this challenge, I have worked hard on my skills, and on September 29, I will show the world what I have improved.”

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