Ritu Phogat will be facing Tiffany Teo at ONE 161 on September 29th. The two will face off at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with the Indian looking to bounce back from her loss in the atomweight Grand Prix final.
No weight class has been confirmed but Teo recently talked about wanting to move down to atomweight for her next fight. The Times of India broke the news earlier today:
Ritu Phogat to face Singapore's Tiffany Teo on September 29 https://t.co/wgDtvcoCQu
— TOI Sports News (@TOISportsNews) August 15, 2022
Teo (10-2) would be making her atomweight debut. In the aftermath of her win over Meng Bo at ONE: ‘Heavy Hitters’ the Singaporean stated that,
“I’m open to fighting in other weight classes, so here’s a shoutout to all atomweights, I don’t know, strawweights, flyweights… I’m coming for all of you. I want to stay more active this year. I want to fight as many times as I can, so let’s go, ladies!”
Phogat (7-2) is currently in India to celebrate Independence Day. She sounded extremely confident,
“My long break has helped me to fully recover and I feel that I’m stronger than ever before and ready to crush my opponent,”
she told the Times of India.
Tiffany Teo 🇸🇬 makes the home crowd proud, sinking in a REAR-NAKED CHOKE to finish Meng Bo in Round 2! 💪 #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship#ONEHeavyHitters | How To Watch: https://t.co/B1Er5HOcYZ pic.twitter.com/DXtbLptXFj
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 14, 2022
As previously announced a heavyweight unification bout will headline the ONE 161 card. Regular champion Arjan Bhullar would be taking on interim champion Anatoly Malykhin.
The fight has been in the works for over a year now with both men accusing each other of trying to hide. But the fight is now signed and sealed for September 29th.
Bhullar is the regular champion. He won the belt by stopping Brandon Vera last year but has not fought in 14 months after becoming involved in a contractual dispute which was ultimately resolved.
With Bhullar sidelined due to those contract negotiations the promotion introduced an interim belt. Malykhin won it by stopping Kirill Grishenko in the second round and the two men have been going back and forth on social media for over a year now.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 @TheOneASB and @AnatolyMalykhin go to war on September 29 to unify the ONE Heavyweight World Title! Who will leave ONE 161 as the undisputed divisional king? 👑#ONE161 | Sept 29 | #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/n5MCeG1xy5
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 11, 2022
ONE 161 will also feature a featherweight Muay Thai title fight. Petchmorakot Petchyindee will be defending his title against Tawanchai PKSaenchaigym.
Petchmorakot has held the title since 2020 and successfully defended it three times. Before signing with ONE Championship he was a star in the Bangkok stadiums winning Lumpinee titles in three different divisions.
Tawanchai has enjoyed a similar level of success in the Bangkok stadiums and was named the Lumpinee fighter of the year in 2018 although he hasn’t had the opportunity to fight for as many titles as Petchmorakot.
The 23 year old southpaw is coming off two very impressive stoppage wins. He has finished both Saemapetch Fairtex and Niclas Larsen with straight left hands.
Petchmorakot Petchyindee drops a BOMB on Jimmy Vienot in Round 4! 💣#ONE157 | #ONEChampionship | https://t.co/eBUfsOlZOd pic.twitter.com/9LwK69Wpas
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 20, 2022
The event will take place on a Thursday night, the first time ONE Championship has ever scheduled a show for this time slot. Less than two days later will be the promotion’s second live event on Amazon Prime.
ONE on Amazon Prime 2 is set to take place on October 1st (local time) which will be a Saturday morning in Singapore. The event will be broadcast live by the online streaming service in North America.
ONE 161, Singapore, September 29th
Arjan Bhullar (c) vs. Anatoly Malykhin (For heavyweight title)
Petchmorakot Petchyindee (c) vs. Tawanchai PKSaenchaigym (For featherweight Muay Thai title)
Ritu Phogat vs. Tiffany Teo (Atomweight)