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Caste: Jat
Age: 25 Years
Marital Status: Unmarried

Ritu Phogat

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Bio/Wiki
Profession(s)MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Athlete, Former Freestyle Wrestler
Famous ForBeing the sister of Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 156 cm
in meters- 1.56 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 1”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Wrestling
Category48 kg freestyle
International DebutFILA Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia (2014)
Coach/MentorMahavir Singh Phogat (Father and coach)
Achievements/Medals• Junior Asia Championship Gold Medalist (2011)
• Cadet Asia Championship Gold Medalist (2011)
Ritu Phogat with Gold Medal
• Cadet World Championship Bronze Medalist (2011)
• Junior Asian Championship Bronze Medalist (2014)
• Junior World Wrestling Championship Silver Medalist (2014)
Ritu Phogat with silver medal
• Commonwealth Wrestling Gold Medalist (2016)
• World U-23 Wrestling Championship Silver Medalist (2017)
Personal Life
Date of Birth2 May 1994 (Monday)
Age (as in 2019)25 Years
BirthplaceBalali, Haryana, India
Zodiac signTaurus
NationalityIndian
HometownBalali, Haryana, India
Educational Qualification10th Standard
ReligionHinduism
CasteJat
HobbiesCooking, Swimming
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Family
Husband/SpouseN/A
ParentsFather- Mahavir Singh Phogat (Amateur Wrestler & Senior Olympics Coach)
Mother- Shobha (Daya) Kaur (Homemaker)
Ritu Phogat with her parents
SiblingsBrother- Dushyant Phogat (Modu; younger)
Ritu Phogat with her brother
Sister(s)- Geeta Phogat (Wrestler; elder), Babita Phogat (Wrestler; elder), Sangeeta Phogat (Wrestler; younger)
Ritu Phogat with her sisters
Favourite Things
Favourite ActorAamir Khan
Favourite ActressSanjeeda Sheikh
Favourite MusiciansYo Yo Honey Singh, Justin Bieber

Ritu Phogat

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ritu Phogat

  • At the age of 8, she started receiving training in wrestling from her father, Mahavir Singh Phogat.
  • Initially, she found the training hard, but gradually, she developed an interest in wrestling.
  • Ritu dropped out of her school after completing her 10th standard to focus on her wrestling career. [1]The Hindu
  • She competes in the 48 kg freestyle category.
  • Ritu made her international debut in 2014 with the FILA Junior World Championship, which was held in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • In October 2016, Ritu won her second consecutive title at the annual National Wrestling Championship.

    Ritu Phogat at the National Wrestling Championship

    Ritu Phogat at the National Wrestling Championship

  • Subsequently, she bagged a Gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship held in Singapore.

    Ritu Phogat at the Commonwealth Championship

    Ritu Phogat at the Commonwealth Championship

  • In December 2016, Ritu became the most expensive female wrestler at the Pro Wrestling League auction; leaving seasoned players like Sakshi Malik and Geeta Phogat behind. She received a price of Rs. 36 lakh by the Jaipur Ninjas franchise.

  • In November 2017, she won a silver at the World U-23 Wrestling Championship, which was held in Bydgoscz, Poland. She became the first Indian to do so.
  • In February 2019, Ritu quit wrestling to make a career in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). She signed up with ONE Championship and was quoted saying,

    It is both an honour and a privilege to join ONE Championship, the best and biggest martial arts organization in the world. Wrestling will always be my first love, but I feel that it is time to expand my horizons.”

  • Subsequently, she flew to Singapore and enrolled herself in the EVOLVE MAA organisation to receive the training on different martial art forms like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Boxing.

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  • On 16 November 2019, she made her MMA debut with the ONE Championship in which she played a match against Cindy Tiong, a veteran kickboxer from Malaysia.
  • She is a follower of the Iranian wrestling team.
  • Ritu is a fitness enthusiast and visits the gym regularly.

  • Based on her and her family’s life, a biopic film “Dangal” was made by Aamir Khan in 2016 to showcase their path to success.
    Dangal
  • Ritu considers her sisters, Geeta and Babita, her inspirations. Talking about them, she says,

    Though both Geeta and Babita inspire me a lot, I really look up to Geeta. She is an inspiring figure. And, my other cousin sister Vinesh is close to my age and is also in the same weight category.”

  • Her cousin, Vinesh Phogat, is a wrestler and a gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games. Her another cousin, Priyanka Phogat, is also an international level wrestler.
  • Ritu revealed in an interview that the total time she dedicated to her game was close to six hours a day.
  • Her breakfast consists of Juice, Curd, and an almond shake, which is prepared by her father.
  • When asked about developing an interest in martial arts, Ritu says,

    I used to watch martial arts on YouTube from 2012. I did not know where it is trained. But I would always ask myself, why India does not have a fighter here. This was always there in my head.”

  • In an interview, when Ritu was asked if her family had supported her decision to join MMA, she said,

    When I got the offer from them, I did not want to let go and I spoke to everyone in the family. They were very supportive.”

  • In October 2019, Ritu Phogat announced that she would become India’s first world champion in the MMA discipline within two years.
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