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Updated October 18th, 2023 at 15:42 IST

Pro MMA striker Puja Tomar becomes first-ever Indian women to sign with UFC

Puja Tomar, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, has signed a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest MMA promotion in the world.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Puja Tomar in action
Puja Tomar in action | Image:Image: Instagram/tomar_puja
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Professional mixed martial artist Puja Tomar scripted history on Tuesday when she signed a contract with the UFC, the top mixed martial arts promotion in the world, becoming the first Indian woman to do so. The 28-year-old announced this ground-breaking accomplishment on October 17, 2023. She is presently the strawweight champion of Matrix Fight Night (MFN). She also acknowledged that this UFC contract became a reality because of MFN's backing and that of its president, Ayesha Shroff.

3 things you need to know

  • Puja Tomar is the first woman to sign for the UFC 
  • She is the second Indian to sign for the UFC
  • Anshul Jubli is the first Indian to sign for the UFC

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Puja Tomar announced the news through her Instagram account

“Yesterday, with the blessings of @ayeshashroff and @mfn_mma, I signed my UFC contract and became the first Indian female fighter to enter the UFC. Today marks a moment in history where a young girl from UP Budhana-Bijrol can turn her dream into reality. As an MFN strawweight champ, I want to thank Ayesha (Shroff), Krishna (Shroff), and the whole MFN team for helping me achieve this dream,”

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In 2020, Puja Tomar severed ties with ONE Championship after a string of mediocre results in which she lost three of her four bouts. Her 2019 split decision win over Priscilla Gaol was her lone bout victory during that time frame. But Tomar staged a miraculous comeback, winning four games in a row. Her winning streak concluded in a victory over Bi Nguyen for the strawweight championship at MFN 10 in November 2022.

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At MFN 12 in July, she successfully defended her title against a challenge from Anastasia Feofanova of Russia.

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What’s next for Puja Tomar?

The date of her first bout in the UFC is unclear now, but it is important to note that Puja Tomar has an 8-4 MMA record, with a background in wushu as her primary martial arts training. As the first female Indian combatant in UFC history, she garnered headlines.

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In addition, Anshul Jubli won a spot in the UFC earlier this year at a Road to UFC event. This weekend, he'll be competing at UFC 294.

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Published October 18th, 2023 at 08:37 IST

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