ONE Empower: Who is Meng Bo?
China has quickly become a true talent powerhouse in the world of MMA. With the country having established its first two world champions ever in Xiong Jing Nan and Zhang Weili, many rising stars are following in their footsteps – take Xi’an’s Meng Bo for a prime example.
Turning 25 at the end of this month, Meng has already had a full career that dates back to 2013 when she was just 17. This was only four years after she got into martial arts and in her first bout, she defeated one of her country’s future legends.
The aforementioned strawweight champion of the UFC in Zhang has just one defeat in the entirety of her 22 fight career and it came to the ONE Championship atomweight (115-pounds) standout in Meng.
Since then, Meng has achieved a record of 17-5 and proven to be one of the more lethal strikers in her division. Looking better than ever on this current stretch, Meng has won seven fights in a row with three of those coming under the ONE Championship banner – four of the wins ended via knockout or TKO along with one submission.
Now, Meng looks to proudly represent her country as she takes her momentum into the ONE atomweight world Grand Prix. On May 28 at the promotion’s first all-women event that is ONE: Empower, Meng kicks off the opening round matchups by taking on the undefeated 4-0 Indian wrestling sensation, Ritu Phogat.
With a title opportunity against the currently sidelined champion Angela Lee awaiting the Grand Prix winner, that alone is motivation enough to come out on top. But for the still young Meng, she has history on her mind by further putting herself China on the MMA map.
ONE Empower takes place on Friday, May 28, live from Singapore. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.