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A Queenstowner won her first cage fight on Friday night and claimed silver in a powerlifting comp the morning after.

Mel Webster had only had three months’ mixed martial arts (MMA) training before her triumph in Dunedin last weekend – and she hadn’t practised powerlifting in about five months.

“As I’ve always said, if you just put your mind to something, you can do it.”

Webster started powerlifting about three years ago after watching her friend compete in the three-lift sport.

“I said ‘well, if I’m watching, I might as well do it, I don’t want to waste time’.”

Then three months back she picked up a pair of gloves and started MMA training with Jason Smith from Hammerhead Queenstown.

The 32-year-old had always wanted to be part of a competitive fight without knowing exactly what discipline.

In her under-85kg weight class Webster weighed in at 78.5kg while her opponent tipped the scales at 84.75kg.

Despite the difference, it was Webster who managed to pull off the win at the Edgar Centre’s XFC 35 – hosted by Hammerhead Dunedin.

The following morning she dusted herself off for the Southern powerlifting provincial champs following a night of celebrations.

“You’re tired, it’s just different, I didn’t know how I was going to go, especially when I hadn’t been practising.”

She lifted 307kg in total with her squat, bench press and dead lift while the winner lifted about 15kg more.

“I’ve got a quite a beaten leg because my opponent [in MMA] did kick me a few times quite well.

“My squat [in powerlifting] wasn’t that great but I had to put a number up no matter what.”

Webster’s lift qualified her for the powerlifting nationals in Whangarei in August which she intends to train hard for.

But she won’t be hanging up her gloves.

“I want another fight.”

mandy.cooper@scene.co.nz