MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: There is further optimism that unbeaten Coolum Beach fighter Nicole Szepesvary can earn a spot in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, after she eased to another win.
The 30-year-old continues to impress in the cage, with a submission victory over Leigha Aurisch at an Extreme Fighting Championship event at Logan on Saturday taking her professional record to 2-0 and her all-time record to 6-0.
Szepesvary only started competing in earnest a year ago but has rapidly made an impact at flyweight and straw-weight divisions.
"Everything is just going along perfectly really," she said.
"There's been a lot of improvement in such a small amount of time. I'm getting stronger and more confident as well."
Given her imprressive streak and the eye-catching methods she wins by, there is hope she can land a role in the sport's biggest realm, the UFC.
"We're hoping and trying to push for Sydney in November...but if not, then early next year," her husband and coach Joel said.
"We've just got to make sure the UFC match makers get a good look at her highlights reel."
Joel said they're in the process of arranging that.
"She's athletic, she trains hard, she's got 24-hour access to her coach and has got good technique.
"She's got good wrestling, good cage control, good striking and her jiu-jitsu is off the charts so she's ticking all the boxes."
Joel, of Combat Lab, is also eagerly anticipating a fight night at Coolum Civic Centre next month.
Coastal Combat 2 is set to boast an action-packed mixed martial arts card.
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