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Wrestler-turned-Blended Martial Arts fighter Ritu Phogat on Wednesday mentioned she would possibly return to wrestling sooner or later however at present she’s focussed on placing within the laborious yards to realize her dream of changing into India’s first MMA world champion.

Ritu, who had bagged the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships gold and silver on the 2017 World Underneath-23 Championships, received her debut MMA struggle on the One: Age of Dragons occasion, beating South Korea’s Nam Hee Kim in underneath three minutes.

The 25-year-old from Haryana, daughter of the legendary wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat, will subsequent characteristic in her second MMA bout on 28 February in Singapore.

“I do know I nonetheless have a protracted method to go, however I am keen to proceed to place the work in till I attain my final aim. My dream is to offer India its first-ever combined martial arts world champion,” she mentioned forward of her face-off with China’s Professional MMA fighter Wu Chiao Chen at One: King Of The Jungle on 28 February.

“As an athlete, I’m open to satisfy any problem head-on. Working with elite world champions at Evolve in Singapore has actually cultivated my fight abilities and remodeled me into an entire fighter.”

Requested if she plans to return to wrestling, Ritu mentioned: “Sure, undoubtedly. My wrestling profession has been a incredible one however I needed to do one thing new. After I determined to make the transition to combined martial arts, I knew the danger and the rewards.

“I knew the Olympic was scheduled in 2020 however I needed to be an MMA champion, so once I bought the chance I did not let it go. Proper now, I’m focussed on this. So let’s have a look at what lies sooner or later.

“My father additionally needed me to make the nation proud, so whether or not it’s wrestling or combined martial artwork, I’d give my the whole lot to make my nation proud,” added Ritu, who featured in an thrilling exercise session right here.

Requested about her cousin and World Championships bronze medallist Vinesh Phogat’s probabilities on the Tokyo Olympics, Ritu mentioned: “Vinesh is doing rather well and never solely me however the entire nation has this expectation that she turns into the nation’s first feminine gold medallist in wrestling.

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