Orlando’s Caitlin “Ginger” Sammons (2-0) faces Denver’s Claire “Grizzly” Guthrie (1-0) at Invicta FC 41 in a flyweight bout. There’s no denying that this fight will end up being a grappling affair on Thursday night.
“I see it being an all-around fight. Not too much of a standup fight. The standup will be the setup because you can’t get the takedown if don’t have hands,” Sammons said. “But I think there will be a lot of clinches and a lot of cage work, and a lot of ground and pound.”
I’m very excited to have someone who has a similar style to my own. It would solidify me as an athlete, but also to test out where I stand in that aspect. People can say, ‘ok she can take a hit and a punch in the face, and maybe not have the best hands, compared to someone who boxes all the time.’ But also [to be] compared to someone that can grapple. I’m really hoping for another ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.”
Sammons defeated powerful striker Chantel Coates at Invicta FC 36 in August. She picked up her first pro submission win over Coates, via rear-naked choke in the second round.
In December, “Ginger” Sammons competed in a grappling tournament against UFC flyweight Gillian Robertson. She said her mindset was different than how Robertson approach the match.
“I made a mistake and she capitalized on it. She was able to get the submission, but listened learned. It was a fun experience definitely something I look forward to doing it again,” Sammons said. “I didn’t have the right mindset going in there with her that I should have. She treated it as a fight, and I was like this would be a fun grappling competition.”
Meanwhile, Guthrie comes off an exhibition loss to Taylor Guardado at Invicta FC’s Phoenix Series 3. She made her pro debut in October at Invicta FC 37, submitting Jordan Kaaze via armbar in the third round.
Sammons plans on competing at Leleo Code’s grappling tournament in September if the event doesn’t get scratched. Grappling between MMA fights keeps the flyweight active and a goal in mind.
“I’m the type of athlete that I have to have something in front of me,” she said. “I love training and I’ll train every day. But at some point, after months and months of training, I might start to lose focus. So when I have a competition lined up, it makes training more direct.”
The flyweight bout will be the second match up in the fight card of Invicta FC 41. A grappling affair that’s a must-watch and perhaps a candidate for Fight of the Night.