Ritu Phogat vs Stamp Fairtex ONE Grand Prix Final Live Updates: Ritu Draws Close to Historic Victory, Fight Start 6pm, Fight Stream Details
Hello and welcome to Sportsstar’s live blog on the fight between Ritu Phogat and Stamp Fairtex. Here is Lalith Kalidas bringing you all the updates as it unfolds at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang.
5:20 p.m. HIST: When the finalists interacted with current Atomic Weight Champion Angela Lee before the fight. Angela also predicted that Stamp will be able to face Ritu in the final tonight, an interesting night awaits us, folks!
5:15 p.m. IST: On the way to the final: Ritu Phogat
On the way to the final: Stamp Fairtex
5:05 PM HIST: Less than an hour from the opening of the Winter Warriors map. Ritu is set to become the first woman to hold a Grand Prix title. It will be a clash of styles as he takes on his opponent from Thailand, Stamp Fairtex, known for her supreme and aggressive hitting game.
5:00 p.m. HIST: “The Indian Tigress” is ready for a show tonight in Kallang!
MAIN CARD for ONE: Winter Warriors
Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship
“The Immortal” Regian Eersel vs. Islam Murtazaev
Final of the World Atomic Weights Grand Prix
Stamp against Ritu “The Indian tigress” Phogat
Qiu “The Tank” Jianliang vs. Hiroki Akimoto
Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Dagi Arslanaliev
“Mighty Warrior” Kang Ji Won vs. Buchecha
Hu “Wolf Warrior” Yong vs. Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu
Ritu Phogat and the Atomic Weights Grand Prix – the buzz and the challenges
The 27-year-old wrestler-turned-MMA fighter has been on a good run since her first loss in MMA in May 2021. Ritu quickly found herself among the top eight fighters to compete in the Atomic Weights Grand Prix – a tournament imagined by ONE CEO Chatri Sityodang.
The Grand Prix was aimed at finding a new challenger for current ONE atomic weight champion Angela Lee, who has been out of the action since October 2019 due to her pregnancy.
In his two fights so far, Ritu has won unanimous victories over Meng Bo (quarter-final, September 3) and Jenelyn Olsim (semi-final, October 29) – bringing his MMA record to 7-1.
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The Fairtex challenge
Her latest opponent, Fairtex, holds an equally impressive MMA record of 7-1 and is ranked second in the women’s atomic weight table. The 24-year-old Thai is also a former champion of the atomic weight division in Muay Thai and Kickboxing – the first and only champion in both sports.
With a premium all-round game that includes a flair for fierce strikes, Fairtex poses a tall order for the fourth-ranked “Indian Tigress” who relies heavily on her wrestling skills.
Today I made this video for the compatriots who have not yet seen me play for India in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I ask all of you, if possible, to watch my World Grand Prix Finals on December 3rd with your friends, family, pic.twitter.com/ifS4Jui7CV
– Ritu phogat (@PhogatRitu) December 2, 2021
If Ritu manages to brave the odds, she will in fact become the first Indian woman to win a Grand Prix title as she will receive a silver belt in addition to the honor of becoming the next contender for the atomic weight title of Angela Lee.
What they said
“I think stylistically Stamp has a better chance [at beating Angela Lee]. She has more tools. You can try to defend yourself on the ground against Angela, but she can also beat Angela to the feet, while Ritu will struggle because her strength is wrestling, and Angela is a dangerous submission artist. – Bi Nguyen, Vietnamese ONE Atomweight fighter
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“Stamp is definitely a formidable opponent, but she doesn’t have the kind of wrestling experience and experience I’ve gained over the past seven years. I am sure that my superior wrestling knowledge will give me an advantage “, – Ritu Phogat.
Where is the Ritu Phogat vs Stamp Fairtex, ONE Grand Prix final taking place?
The Grand Prix final, which is part of the Winter Warriors map, will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang.
When and where to watch Ritu Phogat vs. Stamp Fairtex, ONE Grand Prix Finals?
Ritu Phogat’s latest fight against Stamp Fairtex can be streamed online on Star Sports Select 1 and Hotstar starting at 6:00 p.m. IST on Friday, December 3. The event will also be broadcast on a ONE YouTube channel.