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Ritu Phogat Biography: From Wrestling Gold to MMA Stardom

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The Phogat sisters need no introduction. They have literally conquered the Indian wrestling arena. Every sister has won laurels for the country and continued the tradition. Inspired by her sisters, Babita and Geeta Phogat, as well as cousin Vinesh, Ritu too took a plunge into the wrestling world. Ritu Phogat, a female athlete from India, has achieved success in both wrestling and mixed martial arts. She won a gold medal in wrestling at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship and also competed in the Atomweight division of ONE Championship as a skilled mixed martial artist. She is also known as “The Indian Tigress,” and is a rising star in the world of combat sports. In this blog, we will look at Ritu Phogat’s career in Wrestling and MMA, medals, husband, social media, facts, etc.

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Ritu Phogat Biography

Information Details
Full name Ritu Phogat
Date of birth May 2, 1994
Place of birth Haryana, India
Nationality Indian
Sport Wrestling
Weight 52 kg (115.8 lbs)
Team Evolve MMA (2019-present)
Accomplishments Gold in Commonwealth Wrestling Championship 2016, silver in the 48kg category in World U-23 Wrestling Championships, Bronze in Asian Championship
Ritu Phogat MMA Record 7 wins, 3 losses
Trainer Siyar Bahadurzada
Division Atomweight
Nickname The Indian Tigress

Family Background and Early Life

The Phogat family
Ritu Phogat with Mahavir Phogat and her sister. Image Source: Twitter

Ritu’s father, Mahavir Singh Phogat is a former wrestler himself. The Dronarcharya Awardee left his job to completely focus on his daughters’ training. Her mother Daya Kaur, is a housewife. Ritu has three sisters and two cousins. All of them are wrestlers. Her elder sister Geeta, Babita, and cousin Vinesh Phogat have already won numerous international honors. Ritu has one brother, Dushyant Phogat.

The inspiring journey of the Phogat sisters has been beautifully portrayed in the Aamir Khan movie, Dangal. In an interview with The Hindu, Ritu explained how perfectly the movie told their story without deviating much from the facts.

Her coach and father, Mahavir Singh Phogat was quite a taskmaster. The girls had to come up with various excuses to skip the training. However, they always respected their father’s dedication and worked hard. Ritu gives him full credit for her success.


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Breaking Shackles

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The Phogat Sisters! Source: Elephant Sport

Though the girls had firm support and guidance from their father, it wasn’t easy, especially at the beginning. Coming from a village where girls were killed even before they were born, the Phogat family has truly broken the conservative shackles of society.

The family faced a lot of resistance from the village patriarchs. All of them were ostracized for going against the norm. Despite all this, Mahavir Singh Phogat bravely continued training all his daughters. The result of his determination is visible to the entire world now and Geeta achieved success, perceptions started changing in the village. Today, the family is not only receiving adoration and encouragement, but the villagers are also sending their daughters for training.

Ritu Phogat’s Wrestling Journey

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Image Source: Zee News

Ritu became the National Wrestling Champion in 2015. She defended her title by winning the 2016 Championship as well. She won gold in the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Singapore. She has consistently participated in the 48 kg category. Ritu’s winning spree continued with a silver in World U-23 Wrestling Championships, in Poland. She also bagged bronze in the 2017 Asian Championship.

Ritu Phogat’s New Beginning with MMA

In February 2019, Ritu quit wrestling and decided to pursue MMA. She has always been fascinated by MMA and is very excited about this new chapter of her life. Her family has also wholeheartedly supported her decision. She signed up with ONE Championship.

In November 2019, Ritu Phogat entered the world of mixed martial arts and competed against Nam Hee Kim at ONE Championship: Age Of Dragons. Later on December 4, 2020, she faced Jomary Torres at ONE Championship: Big Bang and secured a TKO victory due to elbows.


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ONE Atomweight Grand Prix

On May 15, 2021, Ritu Phogat competed against Bi Nguyen in ONE Championship: Dangal, vying for a place in the 2021 ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix. Unfortunately, Phogat suffered her first loss in mixed martial arts through a split decision. She also faced Stamp Fairtex in the final of the Grand Prix at ONE: Winter Warriors on December 3, 2021, but was defeated by submission via armbar in the second round. On February 28, 2023, it has been announced that Phogat has signed an exclusive 3-year deal with Kumite 1 League.

Interesting Facts about Ritu Phogat

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Image Source: Navbharat Times
    • With so many wrestling champions in the family itself, Ritu doesn’t need any inspiration from outside! Her sisters and cousins and of course her father, are her icons.
    • An almond shake prepared by her father is an integral part of Ritu’s breakfast. Ritu also includes a lot of curd and milk in her diet.
    • Ritu loves cooking. It helps her relax and have healthy food, especially when she is traveling.
    • Aamir Khan, who portrayed the Phogat patriarch, Mahavir Singh Phogat, in the movie Dangal is her favorite actor.
    • Her favorite musicians include Honey Singh and Justin Bieber.

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Ritu Phogat Medals and Records

Mixed martial Arts Record

 
10 matches 7 wins 3 losses
By knockout 3 0
By submission 0 2
By decision 4 1

Commonwealth Wrestling Championship

Year Place Event Medal
2016 Singapore 48 kg Gold

Asian Championships

Year Place Event Medal
2017 New Delhi 48 kg Bronze

World U23 Championships

Year Place Event Medal
2017 Bydgoszcz 48 kg Silver

Ritu Phogat Husband

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Image Source- NDTV Sports

In November 2022, Ritu got married to Advocate Sachin Chhikara.

Social Media

 
 
 
 
 
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FAQ

Who is Ritu Phogat?

Ritu Phogat is an Indian MMA fighter and former wrestler who has gained fame for her success in both sports.

When did Ritu Phogat make her mixed martial arts debut?

Ritu Phogat made her MMA debut at ONE Championship: Age Of Dragons in November 2019.

Has Ritu Phogat ever suffered a loss in mixed martial arts?

Popular Indian MMA fighter, Ritu Phogat suffered her first loss in mixed martial arts against Bi Nguyen in ONE Championship: Dangal on May 15, 2021.

Who is Ritu Phogat’s husband?

In Nov 2022, Ritu Phogat got married to Advocate Sachin Chhikara.

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Mamta Thatte
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A passionate foodie, a versatile writer, and now a sports enthusiast, Mamta is always open to exploring new avenues. She has a vast experience in Web Content Writing, Editing, and Social Media Management. A self-confessed coffee and dark chocolate addict, she believes in following her heart and giving her 100% into everything she does.

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