The first ONE Warrior Series tryouts held in Australia will feature an amateur MMA fighter from Perth.
Strawweight Kristy Obst aims to make her professional debut on season three of the ONE Championship documentary program. But first, she’ll have to succeed in the tryouts held at KMA Champion Martial Arts in Sydney this Saturday, February 9.
After her registration was approved, she had little time to organise the trip. Her coach set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs, but in preparing for the unknown, Obst is glad to have kept in good shape.
“I’m not 100% sure even what to expect. Just gonna go over there and take my gear and just be ready for anything,” Obst told EMG.
“What can you do in a week, anyway? I’m always training hard and trying to learn and grow, so whatever I’ve done up to this stage is gonna be enough, and I’m just gonna go there and give it my all and just have fun and just be myself, and hopefully that’s what they want to see.”
Obst, 29, trains out of Martial Arts and Fight Centre in West Perth under the guidance of coach Ryan Robertson. As a 3-1 amateur, she considers herself “pretty new at the MMA thing.”
“I started with muay thai originally and then moved to MMA, maybe, 15 months ago.”
She made her amateur debut last March with Eternal MMA and competed exclusively with the Australian promotion three more times last year. In her last outing in December, she earned her first stoppage victory by knocking out Thuy Nguyen in round two at Eternal 40.
While the potential to win a ONE Championship contract of USD $100,000 would be life-changing, Obst admires much more about the growing Asian promotion.
“The promotion intrigued me because I really like what they stand for and how they present themselves, and I think to be a part of that would be awesome,” she said.
“It’s got that real martial arts feel about it. There’s no dramatizing anything or anything like that. It’s all very humble and about the art of the sport. And also they’re becoming just so massive.”
If selected, Obst will stay a few extra days in Sydney for media obligations, but hasn’t a clue where it would take her next. For now, she’s focused on this Saturday and doing her best to materialise “a dream come true.”