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Jamie Driver will seek to claim her first professional mixed martial arts victory when she meets Amber Lynn Orr at 864 Fighting Championship IV in Greenville, South Carolina. The fight goes down May 26. MyMMANews.com caught up with the 27-year old “Red Queen” at her main training establishment, Driven Gym in Woodbridge, New Jersey. There we spoke to Driver and coach James Meals about her preparation for the fight.
The 0-2 Driver last competed professionally in MMA in January 2016 but has not been inactive in combat sports. After not being able to find someone to test her skills in MMA at 145-pounds, Driver went to Muay Thai last year at USKA Fights.
Driver details how she got into MMA competition, training, weight, and an old nickname.
“I always wanted to be a two-sport athlete. Once I got into the sport I first fell in love with striking, and then I went from striking to wrestling, and then jiu-jitsu and then obviously my first fight was MMA. But I wanted to see if I could stand with the strikes and I did end up taking a couple kickboxing fights and then the Muay Thai fight last year. It was kind of cool to see that I could transition from one sport into the other,” Driver said.
“Even though I took a loss in the Muay Thai fight, I know I can still bang with Muay Thai fighters,” she said.
Her opponent, Orr, is a two-time Invicta Fighting Championships veteran, somewhere Meals hopes for his fighter to be competing after the bout with 864 FC.
“She wins this fight, she definitely should be able to fight in Invicta,” Meals said.
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