The rise to the highest be it in any discipline is just not a simple one and folks make huge sacrifices earlier than climbing on pedestal. The story of Puja Tomar, an MMA fighter who hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, is close to comparable. Coming from a household with farming because the supply of bread and butter after which dropping her father at a nascent age of seven made Puja’s journey much more robust.
The hardships compelled Puja to enterprise out on the planet and it will definitely launched her to MMA, a sport that the 27-year-old believed was the appropriate transfer to make some fast and large bucks.
“I have been a champion in Wushu however I wished to play extra. Additionally I did not get a correct job regardless of doing good on the sport, so I switched to skilled combating as we had some issues at house.
“Then I got here to learn about MMA the place I might earn cash after which I progressively shifted to pro-fighting and issues began getting higher,” the five-time nationwide Wushu champion instructed hindustantimes.com over a telephone name.
Puja can be seen in motion within the upcoming version of Matrix Combat Night time (MFN), scheduled to be held on the Siri Fort complicated in New Delhi on June 24. There she can be stepping contained in the Octagon towards Tenzin Pema, a Tibetan-origin Wushu and MMA fighter. With each fighters sharing the same background, Puja anticipates her bout to be “nice”, and is assured of ending on the high towards Pema.
“After I used to battle in One Championship, I had gained a match towards an Indonesian, who additionally used to play Wushu. So my expertise in MMA towards former Wushu gamers has been an excellent one and as per my preparation, I am assured to ship superb outcomes,” mentioned Puja.
The 27-year-old admires Rose Namajunas – a former UFC champion. However not like Namajunas, who maintains calm demeanor throughout her bouts, Puja is aggressive however needs to emulate the UFC star. Sharing particulars about her preparation for the upcoming battle, the 27-year-old mentioned: “I haven’t got the power to coach at an MMA health club close by as I keep in Dwarka. So there is a small judo academy, the place additionally they prepare boxers. I skilled myself by training judo and boxing.”
Puja at present holds a 5-4-0 (win-loss-draw) file in MMA and her journey within the skilled circuit began with Tremendous Combat League (SFN), co-founded by enterprise tycoon Raj Kundra and Bollywood legend Sanjay Dutt. Following her wealthy exploits in India, Puja was provided a contract by ONE Championship, a Singaporean fight sports activities promotion, who had additionally roped in one of many Phogat sisters (Ritu).
Puja now competes underneath the MFN banner, arguably the largest MMA platform in India, which is based by Tiger Shroff and his sister Krishna. She was beforehand seen in motion within the sixth version of MFN held in Dubai final yr, the place she defeated Manipur’s Jojo Rajkumari by break up determination combating within the atomweight class.