After a successful tetralogy of events on the TNT network, ONE Championship returns on May 15th, 2021 with ONE Dangal. Headlined by ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera taking on a ferocious challenger Arjan Bhullar, this exciting card also includes the undefeated wrestling phenom Ritu Phogat vs Bi Nguyen.
Ritu Phogat vs Bi Nguyen Breakdown
Ritu Phogat vs Bi Nguyen has all the potential to absolutely steal the show as high stakes are on for this matchup. The undefeated Indian Tigress Ritu Phogat takes the brave move of fighting Nguyen, with her participating in the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix on May 28th taking on Meng Bo. For Ritu Phogat, fighting twice in under 13 days is adversity she must overcome.
With this being the biggest MMA fight of Phogat’s career, this fight couldn’t have come at a better time. What better way to prepare for a competition than by taking on the high-ranked contenders. One thing is for sure, Phogat will not be looking past the feisty Bi Nguyen.
Bi Nguyen is currently at a difficult stage of her career, currently riding a 3-fight losing streak. Nguyen recently lost back in December to Jihin Radzuan by way of a unanimous decision. In this crucial fight, it is expected that Nguyen will approach the fight with a strong sense of urgency, especially because her current streak puts his overall career on a losing record.
Indeed, this matchup of Ritu Phogat vs Bi Nguyen is quite intriguing. Will the undefeated pride of India become the future of the ONE Atomweight division? Will Phogat come into the Grand Prix tournament fresh off a win? or will the considerable fight experience advantage of Bi Nguyen be too much to overcome? Well, we could only know this when the fight starts.
Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat
Ritu Phogat is the third daughter of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and started training under her father at the age of eight. With her passion for the sport, Phogat dropped out of school after tenth grade in order to focus on her wrestling career.
Her sisters Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari, as well as cousin Vinesh Phogat, are all Commonwealth Games gold medalists in wrestling. Another cousin of hers, Priyanka Phogat, is also an international-level wrestler.
In November 2017, Phogat won silver in the 48kg category in World U-23 Wrestling Championships being held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, becoming India’s first silver in the prestigious championship. As one would expect Phogat holds a huge advantage in this contest when it comes to grappling and wrestling, as we have seen in recent memory, Phogat punished both Pov and Torres with vicious ground and pound.
Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen
Bi Nguyen is the daughter of two Vietnamese refugees. Nguyen was only 8 years old when her family emigrated to the United States of America. After coming out of a 5-year abusive relationship at 22, Nguyen took up kickboxing and Muay Thai. She trained herself for six months and participated in her first Muay Thai Fight in 2012, which she won.
Never one to shy from a fight, Nguyen became a fan favorite with the heart she showed against the ever-popular Stamp Fairtex. In this fight, we saw her taking her opponent to a decision which she lost, but gained many new fans for the heart and determination shown.
In contrast to Phogat, the strength of Nguyen comes from keeping the fight on their feet where Nguyen can utilize her Muay Thai to control the fight and look for the finish.
As previously mentioned, Ritu Phogat vs Bi Nguyen is going to be a very exciting fight. This is a fight that will simply come down to which of these ladies are capable to impose their strengths the most. It is so important for Nguyen to use her Muay Thai to keep Phogat at bay, utilizing the Muay Thai clinch where possible to counter the grappling expertise of Phogat.
Unfortunately for Nguyen, I believe that the wrestling of Phogat will be too much for her. The high level of continuous pressure that Phogat brings to the table will be too much for Nguyen.
Ritu Phogat vs Bi Nguyen Winner: Ritu Phogat 2nd Round TKO
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