Talented BJJ practitioner Nicole Szepesvary will setup on short notice and battle it out with Anthea Paton at AFC 20. Nicole has had an incredibly successful amateur career and is in fact the reigning and undefeated XFC Amateur Flyweight Champ. Her journey to the AFC cage has been one full of accomplishment and success and even at a young age her resume is star studded:
“I’ve trained various aspects of MMA for around 8 years, starting with striking then making my way into BJJ about 5-6 years ago. I’ve competed consistently in BJJ, winning a total of 26 gold medals over this time, including winning the QLD State titles for the last 4 years in a row. I’m 4-0 as an amateur in MMA, and am the current XFC amateur Flyweight champ. Ranked number 1 P4P amateur female in Australia & NZ”
Short notice fights come with obvious complexities but for Nicole is a daily activity so she is in fight shape 365 days of the year. Nicole is also lucky enough to have an excellent coach guiding her development:
[I train at] Combat Lab, Coolum, Sunshine Coast. My husband, Joel Szepesvary, is my head coach and owner of Combat Lab. He is an Atos BJJ black belt under Andre Galvao.
Come July 28, Nicole will make her pro debut against talented striker Anthea Paton. A natural Flyweight, Nicole is cognisant of the fact that Anthea may be a little bigger, however that will not stop her from implementing her game plan and chalking up a pro debut victory:
“We’ve watched one of her fights. I think I’ve got the advantage in all areas. Anthea’s heavier, so I assume she will try and use that to her advantage. I train with heavier, higher ranked people every day and compete in heavier weight divisions, often winning the absolute divisions in BJJ. So I know how to deal with it.”
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Article by Josh Warner AFC