This past Saturday at KnockOut Promotions 55, amateur standout Claire Guthrie picked up the biggest win of her career, taking out top-ranked lightweight Melinda Oberlin.
Guthrie took the veteran down in the first round, finishing up with some ground-and-pound for the knockout win. Oberlin is currently the highest ranked amateur 155-pound lightweight competitor in the world and the eighth-ranked overall. Guthrie’s victory will no doubt see her make a rise in the rankings in the next update.
The 21-year-old from Niles, Michigan, improves her record to 4-1-0 as an amateur. Following an unsuccessful MMA debut which saw Guthrie take a close decision loss to Jacki Wilson, she is now on an impressive four-fight win streak. Including a 30-second knockout win over Kelly Keener.
Guthrie spoke a little bit about her game-plan which led to the victory in a post-fight interview with WMMA Rankings.
“The method of victory was just sticking to my natural game which is to just kill at the bell. I know she has a good outside game and I’m the opposite so I wanted to close the distance quick. I’ve been drilling take-downs since my last fight so the plan was literally drive to the cage, take her down, and end it there” Guthrie told WMMA Rankings.
Saturday’s big winner says that she didn’t feel completely comfortable fighting at 155-pounds, and may decide to move back down to bantamweight or featherweight.
“I didn’t feel very good at 155. I’m 5’5″ and typically walk at 153 and I had to gain weight (160) because she weighed in at 166.7 and couldn’t cut anymore. I don’t feel my best at that weight so I’d like to stick to 145/135” Guthrie said.
Meanwhile, amateur veteran Melinda Oberlin suffers the third defeat of her career making her record 8-3-0. Despite the loss, the 25-year-old from Jackson, Michigan is still one of the best 155-pound lightweight fighters in the world. Her record speaks for itself and includes various TKO, KO and submission victories.
(Click HERE to view the 155-pound lightweight rankings).
KnockOut Promotions 55 took place on 29th April from the Deltaplex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States.