Ritu Phogat turns to MMA; WFI has 'no idea'

The Wrestling Federation of India claimed it has 'no idea' about Ritu Phogat's move to MMA.

Ritu Phogat has joined mixed martial arts fight team EVOLVE. (File Photo)   -  Sandeep Saxena

Ritu Phogat has been one of the prominent prospects in the wrestling circuit. But the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships gold medallist has decided to enter the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena.

On Monday, Phogat joined Asia’s most decorated professional fight team - EVOLVE. “I am excited to have moved to Singapore to begin my new journey in mixed martial arts as a member of the EVOLVE Fight Team,” Phogat said.

“My managers Birbal Sports introduced me to EVOLVE and convinced me that this is the future. I look forward to the challenge of learning the various martial arts and broadening my skill set as a mixed martial artist. I believe EVOLVE MMA is the perfect place for me to make the transition into mixed martial arts and I am excited to learn from all the World Champions here in Singapore,” the 24-year-old sister of wrestlers Babita and Geeta Phogat said.

She dreams of becoming India’s first ever mixed martial arts world champion.

However, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) officials toldSportstar that they have no such information about Phogat’s decision. “We have no idea about this. This is the first time I am hearing such a thing,” WFI assistant secretary, Vinod Tomar, said.

He also made it clear that if Phogat has already signed up an agreement with the MMA promoters, she will not be allowed to participate in national camps or national events. “We need to find out everything,” Tomar said.

EVOLVE MMA is Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts and has the largest collection of World Champions on the planet with World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling, No-Gi Grappling.