“I Do Not Believe That a Single Training Camp Would Bring Stamp to My Level” – Ritu Phogat Believes Stamp Fairtex Is Not on Her Level

Published 11/25/2021, 10:25 AM EST


Ritu Phogat will face Stamp Fairtex in the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix final. Their bout will take place on December 3, 2021, at ONE Winter Warriors. Prior to their thrilling fight, the Indian fighter took a dig at Stamp’s preparation.

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Phogat is undoubtedly one of the best wrestlers on the ONE Championship roster. Even her opponent, Stamp, is aware of her elite wrestling skills. 

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Thus, the Thai athlete is putting the hours in on her training routine to prepare herself for Phogat’s wrestling prowess. However, the Indian wrestling sensation believes any amount of work in such a short period won’t do much for Stamp.

In an exclusive interview with ONE Championship, Phogat said – “As my MMA idol Khabib Nurmagomedov once said, ‘My style is not like anyone. I am not a typical wrestler,’ I would offer a similar response in this context as Stamp Fairtex has never faced an opponent with my wrestling credentials and pedigree.”

“I have developed my wrestling game by learning the craft over a period that spans over a decade and a half. I do not believe that a single training camp would bring Stamp to my level of expertise as far as wrestling is concerned. She would have to dedicate a considerable chunk of her life to wrestling to match steps with me.” – the 27-year-old concluded.

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Things are getting more exciting as we grow closer to ONE: Winter Warriors. While both fighters are aware of each other’s strengths, the pair had called out to each other on their weaknesses.

Phogat, who is an elite wrestler, had already issued a warning to Stamp. In an exclusive interview with ONE Championship a few days ago, the Indian wrestling sensation said – “I’m going to be more dangerous in my next fight and unleash everything I’ve learned. I’m ready for this challenge.”

“In the final, I want to prove to everyone why I’m the best in the atomweight category. I’ve done my hard work, and I want to bring the belt back on my shoulder.” – Phogat later added.

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Meanwhile, Stamp can certainly dominate Phogat in a stand-up fight by using her elite striking skills. Furthermore, she is aware of her opponent’s strengths. Thus, the Thai athlete wants to be ready for wherever the fight may go. 

In one of her interviews, Stamp said – “I will definitely need to train more, especially on my takedown and my game plan. In the Circle, in the next fight, my gameplan needs to be smarter than hers.”

Regardless of what the two have said, it will all come down to who can execute their strategy the best. In addition, the winner of this fight will secure a title shot against the current ONE women’s atomweight champion, Angela Lee. As a result, fans can expect a flurry of action in the GP final, as both fighters will undoubtedly give it their best at ONE: Winter Warriors.

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What do you make of what Ritu Phogat had to say about Stamp Fairtex? Do share with us your prediction for the GP final in the comments section down below.

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC, and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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