New Delhi, Nov 14 : Indian wrestling superstar Ritu Phogat is set to make her professional mixed martial arts debut when she takes on Korea’s Nam Hee Kim in an atomweight contest.
Ritu and Nam are scheduled to meet in the ONE Championship ring at One: Age of Dragons, which takes place this Saturday at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China.
Ahead of Phogat’s first foray into the mixed martial arts arena, the 25-year-old details how she envisions her path unfolding in a new sport, her ultimate goal, and how she plans to accomplish the mission she has set for herself.
“No question, I want to become a mixed martial arts World Champion, and everything I’m doing now is preparing me for that,” said Phogat.
My goal is to become the first Indian woman to win a mixed martial arts World Championship. I believe I’m in a great position to represent my country and I want to inspire as many women as I can. It’s an honor.”
Already an accomplished athlete, the Haryana wrestler has garnered multiple accolades throughout her competition career be it Commonwealth Wrestling Championships gold, World U23 Wrestling World Championships silver medalist, Asian Wrestling Championships bronze medalist, and multiple-time Indian National Wrestling Champion.
Her sisters Geeta, Babita Kumari, and Sangeeta as well as cousin Vinesh are also wrestling champions. The Phogat family was the subject of the 2016 blockbuster film, Dangal, which told the story of Indian wrestling pioneer Mahavir Singh Phogat based loosely on real-life events. The main card, featuring Ritu's ONE debut, will begin at 1600 hrs IST on November 16. (UNI)