“The Most Respectful and Caring Nationality I’ve Ever Met”: Conor McGregor Showers Praise on Ritu Phogat and the Indian MMA Community

Published 11/05/2021, 4:09 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


As ONE Championship nears its finals, UFC legend Conor McGregor has already chosen his favorite to win. The Irish fighter sent his support to the Indian nation and its fighters, who are still trying to make their name in the MMA world.

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Notably, Indian MMA fighter Ritu Phogat has sailed her way to the ONE Championships finals; and now, she even has backing from the legendary, McGregor.

Conor McGregor heaped tweets to support India

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India is still an emerging nation in combat sports; however, the potential of Indian fighters is incredible. Even UFC legend, Conor McGregor, sees that, as he praised Indian fighter Ritu Phogat, who is soon going to compete in the ONE Championship finals.

Conor said, “Rooting for the Indians to make a stamp in this game soon! Quite very possibly the most respectful and caring nationality I’ve ever met in my life, the Indians. Let’s go India”

Ranked 24 in the World, Ritu Phogat, was delighted to receive wishes from McGregor ahead of the match. Ritu thanked Conor for his motivating words and invited him to visit India.

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The UFC’s first simultaneous two-division champion has been training to make a comeback after his injury. Popularly known as ‘The Notorious‘, Conor showcased his love for the Indian nation on their auspicious festival ‘Diwali’, in a plethora of tweets.

Nevada , United States – 26 August 2017; Conor McGregor during the post fight press conference following his super welterweight boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Conor tweeted, saying, The amount of Indian doctors and nurses I’ve encountered over this lifetime of violence. They just have complete care, peace, and love in their soul! India I love you”

India’s One Championship fighter, Gurdarshan Mangat, re-tweeted and said, Happy Diwali my brother … May Unite.”

McGregor then replied to the Indian star, sending him a positive message,” War after war and we are still here! Onwards and upwards to all the real out there! God bless us all.”

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Ritu Phogat vs Stamp Fairtex

Ritu Phogat will clash with Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex on December 3. Whoever clinches the Atomweight Grand Pix Final will challenge former champion, Angela Lee, to claim the title in 2022.

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In the history of ONE Championship, no Indian has ever clinched the title. Although Indian origin Arjan Bhullar had won the title, he is a Canadian.

With the backing from the legendary Conor McGregor, do you think Ritu Phogat can achieve a feat no Indian ever has?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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