A Muay Thai kickboxing debut in Thailand against a fighter in their native discipline would be too daunting a challenge for most people - but not Wollongong fighter Janet Perusco.
The 33-year-old is preparing for a trip into the lions den where she will make her full Muay Thai debut, which allows use of the elbow, after nine fights under modified rules in Australia.
"More than anything I'm excited," Perusco said.
"It's not daunting. I've trained over there and seen the capacity you need to train at. I've done that for the last couple of years."
"It's something I'm excited about and I feel quite privileged to fight over there."
"It's a full Muay Thai bout so it's adding the extra weapon of the elbow and I'm looking forward to being able to execute them."
Perusco said the trip to Thailand, her fifth, was about taking the next step in her professional career.
"The level of girls I've fought here (Australia) are some of the best," she said.
"I'm at that point where I need to step up. It's the next step for me to then come back . . . and take on Australian girls in full Thai rules."
Perusco's nine fights under modified rules were fought over three rounds and she believes the longer five round fights under full thai rules will suit her style and conditioning.
"I do think I'll be much more comfortable over five rounds," she said.
"In a three-round fight, I'm still getting comfortable and checking out the opponent in the first round and that leaves me a lot to make up in the last two rounds.
"I've got the fitness so I back myself with the distance."
Coach Danny Jones, from Khrop Khrua Muay Thai, says Persusco's 2-7 record was deceptive and expected the step up to full Thai rules to bring out the best in her.
"She's had five fights this year all of them against Australian or South Pacific champions," he said.
"She's had three fights above her weight and still only got beaten with split decisions.
"All her fights have gone the distance and she's fought the best girls at her weight in the country," Jones said.
Persusco also has her sights set on emulating training partner Sean Knotley in winning a state or national title on her return.
"I'm coming into the older end of the girls who compete and that's a challenge but I do have my sights set on that."
"One of those belts Sean got would be nice around my waist."