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Australian Fighting Championship

I am equipped with the tools to conquer!

At AFC 22 on April 7, Anthea Paton will return to the AFC with redemption on her mind when she battles Canberra native Caitlin McEwen. Anthea’s first venture into the AFC cage was definitely exciting, and she put on a blockbuster fight with BJJ specialist Nicole Szepesvary, however the result didn’t go her way and now she’s hungrier than ever to chalk up that elusive first MMA ‘W’.

AFC 20 was Anthea’s first venture into the mixed martial arts cage, and even with a first up defeat, this young martial artist took plenty away from the experience and is now far more understanding about what is takes to compete at the top level:

“We had a lot of respect for her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu credentials, the aim was to keep it on the feet and not get taken down. I managed to do this and felt like standing the fight was evenly matched, however having this in mind caused hesitation for me when striking and in the end I didn’t do enough to secure the win”

Defeat is part of any sport, and the true competitors learn far more in defeat then they do in victory. Anthea’s key takeaway from her first venture into the world of mixed martial arts was simple:

“Confidence is key. All the preparation in the world won’t help you if you don’t believe you can do it”

Following her AFC 20 experience, Anthea has returned to the gym to work on all aspects of her game. Her appreciation for the complexity of the sport has increased ten fold, as has the approach to her development:

“I train all aspects of MMA and have a ‘be prepared for anything approach’. My coaches make sure that wherever the fight goes I am equipped with the tools to conquer”

Anthea’s return to the AFC will see her face the ultra talented Caitlin McEwen in front of a ruckus Melbourne crowd. Anthea is all too aware of the dangers her opponent will bring come April 7:

“She has an impressive resume and is experienced in all areas of MMA, I feel it will be an exciting fight and a good challenge!”

In 3 mixed martial arts fights, Caitlin is undefeated with all of her victories coming by way of TKO. In those fights, Caitlin has displayed a diverse range of striking with the ability to end a fight with a perfectly executed blow. Anthea however isn’t focusing on her opponents strengths, and is more concerned with the way in which she herself will approach the fight:

“[I’ll] deal with it as with any other fighter, be prepared and have confidence in my own striking and wrestling ability”

For anyone who’s followed Anthea’s martial arts career, it’s somewhat obvious that her background pertains to striking, and as such this forms the basis of her arsenal. Fresh off a comprehensive Muay Thai win in Queensland, Anthea’s confidence in her hands, legs, knees and elbows couldn’t be higher and she plans to use this to her advantage:

“My professional resume is predominately striking, I have experience on my side in this area and will use that to my advantage”

XFC Australian Top Team in Narre Warren will be Anthea’s home as she prepares for AFC 22 under the watchful eye of coaches Dion Douglas, Ross Dallow and Kelly Seif. Safe to say that is some trio as it applies to coaches, and add to that abundant amount of talented training partners Anthea works with on a daily basis and you definitely have a recipe for success:

“I train at XFC Narre Warren under Dion Douglas, Ross Dallow and Kelly Seif. Between these three I have 70 + years of experience and knowledge in all areas assisted by my invaluable training partners from both XFC Narre Warren and XFC Carrum Downs: Adam Sorati, Vince Pintaudi, Tolga Husmek, Kaan Husmek, Jack Lyon, Audrey Mosig and Katherine Knapman”

The fight will take place in familiar territory at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington. On this night, Anthea will be joined by fellow XFC warriors Darcy Balhas and Oscar Kong as well as a raft of amateur XFC fighters on the AAMMAA preliminary card. Anthea is excited for the opportunity to fight, and also the opportunity to represent WMMA:

“I am always proud to represent XFC and as a female fighter it is very exciting to be able to promote MMA for women around Australia”

 

Article by Josh Warner AFC

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