‘Ground and pound’ Glory

FORMER Gympie fighter Arlene "Angerfist" Blencowe defeated her American opponent Gabrielle Holloway in a split decision on Friday (US time) in Oklahoma, United States.

Blencowe's seventh win for the season in the international Bellator mixed martial arts franchise was supposed to end in a first round knockout, according to the fighter, but turned out to be much more of a challenge.

Other people had approached Blencowe and told her she won hands down and the fight should not have come down to a split decision.

"I thought it was a close match from the way I felt in the cage," she said.

"She combated my skills - she avoided standing in front of me."

Blencowe said her take-down defence was not as good as she had hoped or had trained for as Holloway - aka Gabanator - continued to take her to the ground.

Holloway went for the "ground and pound" technique rather than looking to finish the fight using submissions (eg. arm bar) which made it easier for Blencowe to defend.

"She made me get out of my comfort zone. I learnt a lot and found myself doing more submissions."

Blencowe said it was a good fight for her to try out new moves and skills, and test her fitness after three tight rounds.

The mother of two said although she had enjoyed exploring Santa Monica and Los Angles on Monday she was happy to be home.

The former two time world boxing champion said in order to keep active she would look at competing in more boxing fights now with only one more round of the Bellator tournament left under her contract.

She will compete in her first boxing match next month in Sydney, with another in April 2016, which will hopefully be a world title fight.

Although not confirmed yet, Blencowe said she would like to take her training to the next level and attend camp in the United States next year and focus on her wrestling overseas.

The welter weight said things could still change as she has not spoken to her manager or to the Bellator franchise yet.

There is no slowing down for Blencowe as she returns to her normal training routine bright and early today with her sights not only set on winning the MMA world title next year but also the world boxing title.

Gympie Times

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