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Would you go toe-to-toe with Nicole?

PERFECT RECORD: Coolum-based BJJ Champion Nicole Szepesvary won her first MMA fight on the Gold Coast at the weekend.
PERFECT RECORD: Coolum-based BJJ Champion Nicole Szepesvary won her first MMA fight on the Gold Coast at the weekend. Warren Lynam

MMA: Spare a thought for Brisbane-based model Belinda Cameron.

She was the first woman brave enough to step into the cage against Coast jiu-jitsu champion Nicole Szepesvary at the weekend, and she paid a heavy price.

Szepesvary, coached by her husband Joel at Coolum's Combat Lab, made her mixed martial arts debut at Eternal MMA on the Gold Coast and passed the test with flying colours.

"Ideally I'd be fighting at about 56kg but I had to go to 61kg to get this fight," she said.

Nicole said it was worth the wait, winning the bout in a unanimous decision verdict.

"I loved it. I was expecting to be nervous I guess but I've had so much competition experience and I thrived in the conditions," she said.

"I just listened to my coach."

That would be Nicole's husband Joel Szepesvary, who is head coach at Combat Lab. He also mentors prodigious MMA talent Ty 'Tyborg' Duncan - who beat a 26-year-old man when he was just 16.

Duncan and a handful of Szepesvary's crew will be in action at Coastal Combat 1, the first of a new fight-night concept to be held at Surfair Beach Hotel on November 4.

Duncan's fight against Nathan 'The Neanderthal' Wilson, a heavy hitting brawler with a BJJ brown belt, will be the main event.

"Ty is dangerous anywhere. He has knockout power with both hands and feet and he is a submission threat now."

Duncan won his last fight in just 33 seconds by submission - his first since returning from a knee injury which sidelined him for a year and his first as a professional.

"It makes it hard to find opponents for Ty because he's so well-rounded," Mr Szepesvary said.

"He's a finisher, he doesn't try to win by decision."

If you'd like to try MMA, search Combat Lab on Facebook.

ALEX NOLAN

Topics:  combat lab mixed martial arts mma ufc


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