“You have to fight in a way that people will remember you. If you win silver, sooner or later, you will be forgotten. If you win gold, you will be an example, And examples are given, child… not forgotten” – Mahavir Singh Phogat
Friday 3rd September 2021 saw ONE Championship break the barriers with an action-packed event and first of its kind.
ONE: Empower saw for the very first time that every single fight on the card was competed by fighters from the female divisions, eight non-stop high calibre fights of the highest level showing the world the level of extraordinary depth in the ONE Championship talent pool.
Not only did we witness the hugely anticipated main event between Strawweight Champion Xiong Jing Nan and Michelle Nicolini, but we got to see the Atomweight Grant Prix kick-off where four of the eight women got one step closer to the headline fight with Atomweight Champion and the face of the division Angela Lee.
Ritu Phogat vs Meng Bo
Indian wrestling star The Indian Tigress Ritu Phogat survived a first-round onslaught from number 2 ranked atomweight Meng Bo where at moments it looked like Phogat was going to succumb to her second defeat but it wasn’t to be.
Meng rocked Phogat with a smashing right hand in the opening round and then had Phogat in a very dangerous position when she secured a deep armbar, but “The Indian Tigress” showed her incredible heart and desire and live to fight again.
From the start of the second round, Phogat utilised her superior wrestling skills, blasting Meng with knees and elbows from top position to dominate the rest of the way through the second and third round, and taking the Unanimous decision and the final bell successfully progressing to the Semifinals.
Atomweight Grand Prix Results
Seo Hee Ham def. Denice Zamboanga via Split Decision
Stamp Fairtex def. Alyona Rassohyna via Split Decision
Itsuki Hirata def. Alyse Anderson via Unanimous Decision
Ritu Phogat def. Meng Bo via Unanimous Decision
The level of competition was clear for all to see with all four bouts going to decision, two of which via split decision highlighting the level of competitiveness of the ONE Championship Atomweight division.
Atomweight Grand Prix Semi Finals
As always Chatri Sityodtong and ONE Championship have thrown the fans a huge surprise, making the fans the ones to select the semi-finals of the Grand Prix, that’s right you have the power, to vote to click the link below where you will have the power to decide the line up for the next stage of this exciting tournament ONE Championship Atomweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals Vote the Semifinals will be announced at ONE: Revolution on September 24th 2021.
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