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Gympie mum an MMA fighting star

PREPARATION: Arlene Blencowe clears her mind before facing the world mixed martial arts cage fighting circuit.PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
PREPARATION: Arlene Blencowe clears her mind before facing the world mixed martial arts cage fighting circuit.PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

GYMPIE ex-patriot mother of two Arlene Blencowe is not a violent person, but she certainly could be.

Arlene, 32 on Saturday, is an accomplished international prize fighter with major achievements in boxing, wrestling, kick boxing, jiu jitsu and the sport that puts them all together, professional cage fighting.

Her hyper-intense six-day-a-week training schedule has taken her a long way from Amamoor and Gympie, where she grew up, attending Amamoor and One Mile primary schools, Gympie State and James Nash high schools.

Now based near Port Macquarie, she took a rare break last week to visit her Gympie mum.

The "break" included working out at the Brisbane Rd gymnasium of fellow Amamoorian, Billy "the Kid" Degoumois and "running all those hills."

In amateur boxing she holds the Women's International Boxing Association Light Welterweight belt, which was previously held by Holly Holm, an undefeated boxer, now professional with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the USA.

AND the USA is where Arlene "Angerfist" Blencowe is headed.

"I've just signed with (the) Bellator (Mixed Martial Arts franchise). I debut in California on May 15."

She is the first Australian female to be signed to the Bellator code.

Arlene had her first amateur fight in 2009 and was hoping to go to the London Olympics as the first woman to represent Australia in boxing.

"I had previously beaten the girl who represented Australia, but she won in the qualifying round."

The decision to go professional happened when her youngest child started going to school. "The busy round of events involved in the amateur competition was too much with two children," she said.

"So I turned professional in 2012.

"In my third professional fight, I got the call to fight for two world championships.

"We were scored on 10 two-minute rounds and I was against a much more experienced fighter from New Zealand, Daniella Smith, who had 16 fights, boxing with the Women's International Boxing Association and the World Boxing Federation."

Next week, she is competing in the Australian Wrestling Championships, "trying to qualify for the Olympics in Rio."

"I've just finished a jiu jitsu session; this morning I did fitness and boxing and this afternoon it's kick boxing and sparring.

"I do three sessions a day, six days a week.

"It's very demanding, with technical training, strength and conditioning exercises, weights, basic exercises.

"Housework is like a holiday," she said. "I actually look forward to it."

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