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My mistake was that I did not KO her: Meng Bo recalls Ritu Phogat fight

The fight between Meng Bo and Ritu Phogat was one of the most exciting showdowns that happened in the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix. The Indian Tigress Ritu went into the fight as an underdog against an experienced Meng Bo and in the first round, the Chinese MMA star almost finished Ritu only to see the Indian stage a comeback in the second and third rounds to win the fight.

In her recent interview with ONE Championship, Meng Bo recalled her fight with Ritu Phogat and said that she should have knocked out Ritu.

“The biggest mistake was that I didn’t KO her in the first round, giving her the opportunity to take me to the ground. If I could go back in time, I would definitely KO her in the first round,” Meng Bo said.

Meng also detailed that there was too much uncertainty in the matchup.

“I’m a stand-up athlete, and my skills on the ground and cage fence are not detailed enough, so I lost to her. There was too much uncertainty in the match, and I didn’t really remember what happened. But at that time, I felt that my opponent was very resilient and had good flexibility in the cage, so I wasn’t able to knock her out,” she added.

Despite the loss, Meng Bo is looking forward to filling the gaps in her game before she steps into the circle again.

“It definitely bothered me, and I felt regretful because I went into the match with the mindset of winning the Grand Prix. But it’s normal to win or lose, and the process is more important. For example, after that match, I realized I need to strengthen my ground and cage fence training,” Bo added.

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Meng will be returning to action at ONE: Heavy Hitters on January 14, 2022 as she will be fighting Tiffany Teo. What are your predictions for the matchup? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.


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