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ONE Championship: Ritu Phogat desperate for win against Lin Heqin

Ritu Phogat is an Indian wrestler who currently fights in the Mixed Martial Arts sector for the Thailand-based promotion ONE Championship. She presently has a 4-1 win-loss record in the same, while she had lost her last fight to Bi Nguyen of Vietnam.

ONE Championship: Ritu Phogat desperate for win against Lin Heqin-ayh
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Singapore, First Published Jul 28, 2021, 1:29 PM IST
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Indian wrestler and Mixed Martial Artist, Ritu Phogat is ready for her return to the octagon as she would be taking on Lin Heqin of China in the ONE: BATTLEGROUND, to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday. The Indian is coming off a loss in her previous bout, losing to Vietnam’s Bi Nguyen, while the former has a record of 4-1.

However, Phogat is willing to willing to let the bygone be bygones and start afresh, besides asserting that losing is also a part of the sport and she would not be let down by it. Also, she is aware of the threat the Heqin possesses, as the Chinese has more experience over the Indian, with a record of 14-2-1.

“I’ve lost before, during my wrestling days. Winning and losing is a part of sports. That is the past. What has happened, has happened. You can’t change that, so why worry about it? You always learn from your wins and your losses, especially from your losses,” she told One Championship during a virtual media interaction.

“She (Heqin) is an outstanding fighter and also has more experience than me. But, I have that hunger in me that ignites my performance on any given day. So, I will keep that momentum going within me,” she added.

Phogat was looking to compete in the high-profile ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix, while the loss to Nguyen cost her a spot in the top-eight. Nevertheless, she is looking to make a case for herself again and get back into the picture anew.

“I want to do my bit and get a win out of this next fight. That’s my goal, and that’s what I’m working towards. If that win takes me back to the Grand Prix, then I will embrace that with open arms,” she concluded.

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