She suffered a second-spherical submission loss at the palms of former two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex, however maintains she realized many classes in defeat.
Phogat mentioned that the setback hasn’t deterred her from persevering with to chase her goals. “I am here with one goal — to be the first ever women’s MMA world champion from India. I will do everything to make that happen,” Phogat mentioned.
“2021 was a rollercoaster of a year, with a lot of excitement, experience, learnings and setbacks. Overall when I look at things, I always look at it in a positive way. World is going through a once in 100 years kind of pandemic, but we have learned so much as humans. 2021 was one of the best years so far for me as a martial artist and that will only help me to grow. The wins and losses all have taught me something.”
Phogat fought a whopping 5 occasions in 2021, profitable three and dropping two. The different defeat was to Vietnamese-American Bi Nguyen in April. After the loss to Nguyen, Phogat went on a tear, profitable her subsequent three whereas showcasing sharp enchancment after every combat.
She finally reached the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Championship Final reverse Stamp Fairtex, however in the end fell in need of victory.
“I worked very hard to prepare for the finals. But sometimes losses give you a different but positive perspective. I have to work harder to come out victorious. It’s ok to lose. It builds your mentality and makes you more hungry. I have lost before but coming back after a loss is what I need to focus on,” Phogat mentioned.
“I have learned that hard work and consistency is the key but even more than that, a positive mindset and focus should be your crucial drivers. Every athlete works hard and trains to compete but mental toughness and positive attitude makes all the difference in the ring.”
Now that 2022 is upon us, Phogat says she has a renewed motivation to obtain her targets in the new yr. She says it does not matter who she faces in the Circle subsequent, her opponent wants to be ready for what she brings to the desk.
Phogat is set to begin the yr on a optimistic be aware, with a powerful victory.
“You always have to improve and consistently grow. If you think you are the best, sometimes that’s over-confidence. I have to improve everyday not only in wrestling but in Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing. If I want to be one of the best martial artists, I need to improve regularly,” Phogat concluded.
“Next for me is to go back to my winning ways and showcase what I am capable of. I don’t care who my opponent is, I will be well prepared to take on anyone.”