Ritu Phogat vs. Lin Heqin
Ritu "The Indian Tigress" Phogat was set to be a part of ONE Championship's ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix. However, a loss to American Bi Nguyen took her out of the tournament as she suffered her first-ever professional defeat.

Now, the Indian star is ready to return at ONE: Battleground on Friday, July 30, against Lin Heqin to get back in the win column and continue her rise as one of the future centerpieces of the atomweight division.

The talented grappler comes from the most famous wrestling family in India. The Commonwealth Games gold medalist made the move to Evolve MMA and mixed martial arts in pursuit of gold.

Her career started dominantly with multiple performances that showcased her top-level wrestling and continued growth in the striking department. As Phogat rounds out her tool kit, she becomes one of the division's most dangerous women.

But she will not get an easy bout against Lin.

The Chinese star is riding an 11-bout win streak into ONE: Battleground and had a successful ONE debut against Jomary Torres, which ended via first-round submission.

The matchup will not only serve to test each woman inside the Circle but should elevate the winner back into the thick of the hunt before the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix gets underway.

Ahead of the important clash between two of the sport's rising stars, check out this compilation featuring their prior bouts to see their roads to Singapore and ONE: Battleground.

ONE: Battleground will air live on Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report app, and the Bleacher Report YouTube channel at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST on Friday, July 30.

Ritu Phogat vs. Lin Heqin | Road To ONE: BATTLEGROUND

ONE: BATTLEGROUND will feature a fiery women's atomweight mixed martial arts fight between Indian sensation Ritu Phogat and Chinese warrior Lin Heqin! Ahead ...

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