India’s Puja Tomar earns 1st ONE Championship win


Puja Tomar, Olivier Coste, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol (© ONE Championship)

Puja Tomar, Olivier Coste, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol (© ONE Championship)

After two losses in ONE Championship, Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar, 25, of Muzaffernaga, India finally earned her first victory in the Singapore-based martial arts organization. She was one of the winners at “ONE: Eternal Glory,” which took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts bouts and two Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Eternal Glory” is the first ONE Championship event in 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Tomar faced Priscilla “Thathi” Hertati Lumban Gaol, 30, of Jakarta.

Tomar and Gaol competed in an MMA match in the women’s atomweight division. After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, referee Olivier Coste raised the hand of Tomar. The Indian fighter was declared the winner via split decision.

The victory improved Tomar’s professional MMA record to 4 wins and 3 losses. It ended her two-bout losing streak in ONE Championship.

On the other hand, Gaol now has 5 wins and 4 losses. This is the first time she lost a professional MMA bout in her home country.

In 2018, Gaol won five out of six bouts in ONE Championship. She has been competing professionally since 2017.

Tomar has been competing professionally since 2013. She first competed in Super Fight League before joining ONE Championship.

When Tomar made her ONE Championship debut on November 24, 2017 at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” in Kallang, Singapore, she was submitted by Tiffany “No Chill” Teo, 29, of Singapore via armbar in the first round. On March 9, 2018, the Indian fighter was submitted by Jihin “Shadowcat” Radzuan, 20, of Johor Bahru, Malaysia via triangle choke in the second round at “ONE: Visions of Victory” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Including Indonesia and India, 13 countries were represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Tomar was the only fighter who represented India.

Watch all the “ONE: Eternal Glory” bouts here:

Check the complete “ONE: Eternal Glory” results on Top Sports Asia.

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