After battling injuries, Indian wrestler Ritu Phogat predicts a knockout win at ONE 161 on September 29

Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat is ready to impress in her first outing in the ONE Championship Circle this year.

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The Indian wrestling sensation welcomes strawweight fighter Tiffany “No Chill” Teo to the atomweight ranks at ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai on September 29, and she hopes to kick her 2022 campaign off on a high note inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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“My opponent is an experienced athlete. I’m looking forward to this fight and I want to make a good comeback.” offered the 28-year-old.

Phogat has had a fulfilling 2021 in ONE, earning three wins in five appearances, and her inclusion in the ONE Women’s World Atomicweight Championship Finals showed that she is a dangerous threat in the stacked division.

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The Indian star lost a submission to Stamp Fairtex on that occasion, and the busy fight schedule meant she had to spend the first half of this year recovering from a shoulder injury that kept her out of action.

But now that she’s feeling fully fit again, ‘The Indian Tigress’ is ready to show fans that she still has that fire in her to compete at the highest level of competition.

“Every fight is important for me, but it’s even more crucial because I suffered a defeat in my last match and then I got injured too”, said Phogat.

“I had suffered this right shoulder injury during my amateur wrestling days. Last year, I had to fight with a tiny gap. The doctor asked me to rest, but it didn’t hurt. wasn’t an option for me at the time, but after my last fight, I took some time to rest and come back.

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“I had taken some time off just to be able to find my way back to victory. I am ready for this challenge, I have worked hard on my skills and on September 29th I will show the world what I have. improved.

Ritu Phogat’s prediction for the Tiffany Teo contest

Phogat knows, however, that Teo will not be a breeze. The Singaporean star is a two-time challenger for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World title and boasts an impressive ten wins on her list.

But the Evolve MMA star has been working on improving her full arsenal in her spare time, which has filled her with confidence that she has what it takes to claim her eighth professional victory in the sport overall.

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“I’ve been trying to improve my striking over the last three to four months, and I’ll do my best to show my boxing and my striking against her,” Phogat warned.

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“I want to knock him out and show the world they’ve seen my fighting and my ground game, but I can finish knocking too.”

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