Who is Ritu Phogat? The Indian Mixed Martial Artist who quit studies to become a Wrestler


New Delhi: Most of us have watched Aamir Khan starrer film ‘Dangal’ and all of us know about Babita Phogat and Geeta Phogat. But do you know Mahavir Phogat has one more daughter Ritu Phogat. Yes she is the third daughter of Mahavir Phogat who has been a wrestler like her sister and is now making her country proud with her spectacular performance in the mixed martial arts. As the female wrestler is celebrating her birthday today, let’s delve into her early life and career.

Ritu Phogat is the third daughter of Former Wrestler Mahavir Phogat. She started her training when she was 8 years old under her father’s guidance. Her sisters Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari and Vinesh Phogat are all Gold Medalists in the common wealth games. Ritu got married to Sachin Chhikara who is a lawyer by profession.

Ritu marked her success in wrestling by 2017 and by the end of 2019 she developed an interest in Mixed Martial Arts and started participating in competitions and won successfully. She said during an interview in 2019, “In MMA my goal is to become the first Indian World champion.

Ritu Phogat’s Wrestling Career
She won the second title in the National World Championship in 2016 in October. Right after a month, she won the Gold Medal at the Common wealth wrestling championship in Singapore in the 48 kg category.

She became the most expensive female wrestler at the Pro Wrestling League winning Rs 36 Lakhs.

Ritu’s Martial Arts Career
In a bid to make her mixed martial debut, she signed up with One Championship in 2019. She made her debut against Nam Hee Kim in November 2019. Ritu successfully completed her Wrestling and Martial Arts journey with her strong gut and hard work.