WORTH IT: Karl Paterson is basking in the glory of victory after sacrificing his job and going to Thailand to train for an MMA bout in Mackay.
WORTH IT: Karl Paterson is basking in the glory of victory after sacrificing his job and going to Thailand to train for an MMA bout in Mackay. Jake Jones

MMA fighter stakes it all on Mackay contest

KARL Paterson quit his job for his latest Mixed Martial Arts fight, travelling to Thai

land for a month to perfect his skills before heading to Mackay for the bout.

It proved worth it, the Gladstone Mixed Martial Arts fighter returning with a win.

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Described by his coach, Rob McIntyre, as dominant, Paterson felt good in the cage getting the decision.

"I controlled the fight all three rounds, but it was a hard fight," he said.

The decision to take two months of full training going into the fight was a big one for Paterson.

But it was not his first time heading overseas to train in the sport.

"That was my fourth time going to Thailand to train," he said.

Now he is back in Gladstone searching for both his next match up and a new job.

And while he hopes employment is not far away and is not keen on again doing the trip on the ferry to Curtis Island every day, his MMA schedule is not in his hands.

"I have got a burst eardrum from that fight," he said.

Instead he is chasing a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before looking towards another time to shine in the cage.

Whether that will be in Australia or overseas remains to be seen.

"My last fight was in June, in Thailand, a Muay Thai fight, and I won that by TKO," he said.

He was the only GMMA member on the Mackay fight card, but he had a lot of support for his effort.

"I would like to thank the team and Rob from GMMA as well as the team from Aussie Supplements Gladstone," he said.

"And all my family and friends for supporting me.

"Of course, my opponent as well, Justin Van Heerdan."



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