Ahead of ONE Championship's Atomweight World Grand Prix, Ritu "The Indian Tigress" Phogat has decided to step inside the Circle against American Bi "Killer Bee" Nguyen at ONE: Dangal on Saturday, May 15.
The Indian star is a member of one of the most famous families in her home country, and she is hoping to bring India to the forefront of martial arts. Thus far, her plan is going according to plan as she has kept a perfect professional record with dominant performance after dominant performance.
However, the Texan is hoping to oust her from the Atomweight World Grand Prix and show why she deserved a spot in the tournament instead.
Nguyen has stepped inside the Circle against some of the best athletes and had competitive matches. She believes she has taken the steps to compete with a better gameplan and take her game to the next level.
Phogat's spot in the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix may be on the line in the contest, which puts pressure on her to get her hand raised. If she is victorious, she is slated to take on China's Meng Bo in the tournament's quarter-finals.
What "The Indian Tigress" is trying to accomplish is what fans love about martial artists. While she could have stayed home and prepared for the atomweight tournament, Phogat instead accepted a challenge that could put that in jeopardy. She is willing to take risks in order to achieve greatness.
Ritu Phogat vs. Bi Nguyen | Road To ONE: DANGAL
Can she get it done, or will "Killer Bee" takeover her position within the division and reintroduce herself as a major player at atomweight? We will find out on Saturday.
ONE: Dangal airs on B/R Live at 6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST on Saturday, May 15.