Multi-time wrestling champion Ritu Phogat has officially signed with ONE Championship.
The 24-year-old superstar comes from the world-famous Phogat wrestling family in Haryana, India, and she has claimed several prestigious medals and championships during her illustrious career.
She is a Commonwealth Wrestling Championships gold medalist, an U23 Wrestling World Championships silver medalist, an Asian Wrestling Championships bronze medalist, and she was a multi-time Indian National Wrestling Champion.
Also, three of her sisters and her cousin are also wrestling champions.
Now Phogat will look to replicate that immense success in mixed martial arts competition, and she could not be any happier than to begin her journey in The Home Of Martial Arts.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to join ONE Championship, the best and biggest martial arts organization in the world,” she says.
“Wrestling will always be my first love, but I feel that it is time to expand my horizons. I am excited to compete against the best mixed martial artists in the world, and to bring glory and pride to my home country. I also look to prove that Indian martial arts is truly world-class.
“Thank you, ONE Championship, for the opportunity to share my talent on the global stage.”
In anticipation of her debut, Phogat has joined Evolve in Singapore.
The team of World Champion instructors will help with her transition into the new sport and help develop her all-around martial arts skills.
“At ONE Championship, we are constantly on the lookout for the world’s greatest martial arts talents, especially in Asia,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said.
“Women’s wrestling sensation Ritu Phogat embodies the true values of martial arts and is a great fit for our organization. I would like to personally welcome Ritu to the ONE Championship family.
“I’m excited to share Ritu’s story with the world and to showcase Indian martial arts at the highest level, on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition in ONE Championship.”
Phogat joins a host of Indian athletes already competing in The Home Of Martial Arts, as well as a deep women’s roster that includes ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee and ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan.