Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Wrestling champion Ritu Phogat outclassed Philippines’ Jomary Torres in the opening bout of Atomweight of ONE Championship at the Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Saturday 5 December to maintain her pro MMA 4-0 record.
As per the reports received here Torres stunned Phogat with straight punches early on, causing the latter to shoot for a takedown. But after that on the mat, Phogat was the picture of perfection, swiftly moving into a mounted crucifix to end the bout with elbows from the top.
Using her hammerfists and her elbow the Indian rendered her rival harmless and defenceless as she dominated the fight to win via TKO at 3;55
Maintaining her pro Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) 4-0 record, Ritu Phogat exclaimed, “I am constantly pushing my boundaries in the circle and the match with Jomary bore witness to the same. I am so fortunate to have got the opportunity to fight her at the ONE: Big Bang. Although this was not an easy match, I know I have bigger challenges to combat in future.
“My next focus is securing the top spot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix tournament and I am working relentlessly to bring the glory home.
I had to miss my sister’s wedding for the match and have really sacrificed to get to this level. I am really looking forward to visit home for a couple of weeks now although I don’t want it to hamper my training.
My heart is in the right place and my passion is undeterred to expedite India’s run in the MMA space. We must have started late but I’ll ensure that we get there sooner than the others! I wish to start an academy for MMA athletes in India down the line, although that vision may take some time to transform into reality.
And yes 2020 has been rewarding, but wait until 2021…that will be the year of ‘dreams’ – for my nation, my fellow Indian athletes, my family and my well-wishers!”