Obst roars in Lion City

Taj StubberGreat Southern Herald
Katanning bred Kristy Obst, left, takes a swing at Uyen Ha at the Rich Franklin’s One Warrior series one championship in Singapore.
Camera IconKatanning bred Kristy Obst, left, takes a swing at Uyen Ha at the Rich Franklin’s One Warrior series one championship in Singapore. Credit: David Ash

Katanning-bred mixed martial arts fighter Kristy Obst has returned home from a successful trip to Singapore earlier this month.

The 30-year-old, who lives in Perth, was the only WA woman competing in Rich Franklin’s One Warrior Series One Championship in Singapore on December 4.

Obst has been competing in mixed martial arts for just over two years after being involved in Muay Thai for three years.

Katanning bred Kristy Obst celebrates her win in the Rich Franklin’s One Warrior series one championship in Singapore.
Camera IconKatanning bred Kristy Obst celebrates her win in the Rich Franklin’s One Warrior series one championship in Singapore. Credit: David Ash

She won by knockout 2min.40sec. into the first round of the fight against Australian-Vietnamese Uyen Ha.

“I enjoy learning and perfecting techniques,” Obst said. “A lot of people look at martial arts as a brawl — it’s an extremely smart sport.

“I like developing my fight IQ, challenging myself, and it means all the work in training and into myself is paying off.”

Obst trains about six days a week in jiujitsu, wrestling, strength and conditioning and sparring.

Katanning bred Kristy Obst won the Rich Franklin’s One Warrior series one championship in Singapore.
Camera IconKatanning bred Kristy Obst won the Rich Franklin’s One Warrior series one championship in Singapore. Credit: David Ash

She said she began the sport as a way of keeping fit.

“Originally fitness, but I knew straight away I wanted to get to a level that I could compete,” she said.

She holds a record of five wins from six fights in mixed martial arts, while her Muay Thai fights have been just as impressive, with five victories from seven appearances.

Obst will move to Bali in the near future to further pursue her fighting career.

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