MARTIAL ARTS: Nicole Szepesvary claimed an XFC Australia belt at Logan on Saturday but it was the manner in which she won that enhanced her claims for a spot in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The 30-year-old claimed a knock-out result in round three of the flyweight contest, via a kick to the head of her opponent Chelsea Retemeyer.
"It was a solid knockout,” her coach and husband Joel said.
"Nicole knew she (Retemeyer) was out before she even hit the ground so it was a solid kick.”
With four wins from four outings, the belt in her grasp and, as the nation's leading amateur, she is pushing her case for inclusion in the soon-to-be introduced 57kg division in the global, televised UFC.
But it's her eye-catching style which should impress officials the most.
"We're already in talks with media companies to put together a highlight reel and this (head-kick) is the highlight everyone wants,” Joel said.
"It will look good on footage when we send that through to the UFC matchmakers.”
With a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu - in which she was a multiple state champion - Szepasary is regarded as a submission expert.
But her various winning ways in MMA should now have opponents guessing. Her previous outing resulted in a technical knockout via punches.
"Then this was a flash head-kick so people will start thinking she's a striker and will start sleeping on her jiu-jitsu and that could help coming into the UFC,” Joel said.
"You don't want them knowing all your cards.”
Joel believed Nicole was close to claiming her spot in the big time.
"They are probably going to be looking to fill the division quickly so they're going to have to get people from somewhere,” he said.
"Some people will move up and down from other divisions but we're confident (with) another win we'll be looking at a shot, especially with the way she's won. She's been pretty dominant.”
Nicole, who fights out of Combat Lab alongside Australian champ Ty Duncan, will also lead free self-defence classes for women each Saturday (10.15am) in June at the Coolum gym.
Visit Combat Lab's Facebook page for more details or call Joel on 0411 383 257. Bookings are essential.
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