MIXED martial artist Luke Morris set a new benchmark, by becoming the first Coffs Harbour fighter to win a national championship.
Morris won the Australian Nitro Flyweight title in Brisbane, against seasoned professional Chris Morris.
"With the quality of athletes in the country at the moment, it's a proud achievement to become number one," Morris said.
"In the lead up to the event I was training six days each week.
"The sessions lasted up to five hours daily consisting of various activities, from weights and fitness to specific skills based in martial arts."
The first round consisted of both athletes throwing strikes and working to control the early portion of the bout.
Luke was the more successful athlete in this round landing some significant strikes and controlling the centre of the ring.
The second round started on the feet again with both sides gaining takedowns.
However, Luke again was more successful in gaining control positions and landing effective shots in these positions.
The round finished with Luke in a dominant position after escaping an attempted submission from Chris.
"The third round consisted of all disciplines involved in MMA," Luke said. "It was similar to the second round with both of us looking to gain dominant positioning.
"It was very fast paced and must have been entertaining for the crowd, as after receiving the judge's decision I was awarded the fight of the night honours."
The next bout will be in Rockhampton on November 22 with a title defence likely to be held in March next year.