Blake Donnelly continues winning streak for Australian Fighting Championship light weight belt.

VICTORY: The referee raises Blake Donnelly's hand in victory after the Australian Fighting Championship light weight title bout in Melbourne on Sunday, December 1. Photo: Terry Vorg.

VICTORY: The referee raises Blake Donnelly's hand in victory after the Australian Fighting Championship light weight title bout in Melbourne on Sunday, December 1. Photo: Terry Vorg.

Australia has a new light-weight MMA champion, and he hails from the South Coast.

24-year-old Blake Donnelly continued his undefeated professional record, beating David Martinez for the Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) light weight title in Melbourne on December 1.

Donnelly said he was "stoked".

"The amount of support I got was overwhelming, I didn't expect it," he said.

"About an hour before I walked out I realised I'd left no stone unturned, and I just had to trust my muscle memory.

"The closer I get to the cage, the more confident I feel."

Ahead of the match, Donnelly had just three professional fights under his belt, none of them title fights.

Title fights fun for five five-minute rounds, whereas ordinary matches run for three five minute rounds.

He still hasn't fought a five-round match - the bout was stopped by a doctor in the third round, and Donnelly declared the winner.

"I made a mental note early not to get greedy, not to look for the knockout, but just keep tapping away at him," he said.

"The doctor checked [Martinez] at the end of round two, I could see his eye was bothering him so I just kept tapping away at it.

"He tried to take me down a couple of times and I defended it, he got me once and I popped back up.

"By then the ref could see the way the fight was going [Martinez] had stopped defending himself intelligently.

"The ref called the doctor on to have a look at his eye, and the cut was in a dangerous place, so they called it."

The early finish meant the champ had the chance for a meal and a beer with his team - a rare opportunity for the dedicated athlete and full-time apprentice, who described it as a "ten out of ten" night.

Donnelly had nothing but praise for his opponent.

"He was a real gentleman before and after the fight," he said.

"I don't think he's ever been stopped before."

Donnelly has no plan to hang up the gloves, and intends to defend his title.

He also hopes his performance at the AFC will attract international attention. The AFC has been a stepping stone for UFC contenders such as Alex Volkanovski, who Donnelly trains with, Israel Adesanya and Tai Tuivasa.

"I don't just want to be in the UFC, I want to be the best in the UFC," he said.

He also hopes his performance will attract some home-town sponsors.

"I'm taking this journey seriously, and I'd rather do it with home-town support," he said.

But for now, the weight of his AFC belt is satisfaction enough.

And he'll be bringing it home to Moruya over the Christmas break, before it goes to its new home at Stockade gym in Canberra, where Donnelly currently trains.

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