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Ritu Phogat still looking for a place in the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix

LockerRoom Team
05 August 2021

Ritu Phogat made a strong return at ONE: Battleground last week when she defeated Lin Heqin of China. Not only did Ritu get back to winning ways, but she also ended the 11-fight winning streak of Heqin who was considered to be the Indian’s toughest challenge to date.

With a record of 5-1 to her name now, Ritu is still looking for a place in the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix. The Indian Tigress was one of the original eight contenders confirmed for the tournament but she lost her place in the tournament after a controversial defeat to Bi Nguyen.

ONE Championship recently announced a new bracket for the event as well which is now scheduled to happen on 3 September 2021. As per the new bracket, newcomer Grace Cleveland will be taking up the spot of Ritu Phogat and will be fighting Meng Bo in the opening round.

After her win against Lin Heqin, Ritu went on to note in the post-fight media interaction that she deserves to be in the tournament and that she is one of the top contenders in the division.

“I deserve to be in the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix. I think I am one of the top contenders in the Atomweight Division,” she had said.

Ritu further went on to request ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong through a video that was posted on the ONE Championship page.

As noted earlier, ONE Empower will happen on September 3, 2021, and you can see the complete fight card for the event below.

Main Card For ONE: EMPOWER

  • (c) Xiong Jing Nan vs. Michelle Nicolini (ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title)
  • Denice Zamboanga vs. Seo Hee Ham (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
  • Alyona Rassohyna vs. Stamp Fairtex (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
  • Meng Bo vs. Grace Cleveland (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
  • Itsuki Hirata vs. Alyse Anderson (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
  • Anissa Meksen vs. Cristina Morales (kickboxing – atomweight)

Do you think Ritu will get a spot in the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.

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