Prospect Watch: Colby Thicknesse

Colby Thicknesse may only be 20 years old, but with nine amateur bouts under his belt and a spot as one of Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski’s main training partners, he has already begun to turn heads.

Thicknesse, now 8-1 as an amateur, currently finds himself on a five-fight winning streak. He recently swept through the featherweight tournament at the 2020 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Oceania Open Championships in March, winning three bouts in the three days and punching his ticket to the IMMAF World Championships. As the sports world continues its hibernation in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Thicknesse has started to plot his course to his professional debut in hopes of eventually following Volkanovski’s footsteps into the Octagon. Interestingly, wrestling with his twin brother led him to a career in mixed martial arts.

“Me and my twin, we used to fight,” Thicknesse said, “so my dad took us down to the [Police Citizens Youth Club] and we started just wrestling and boxing with each other. We did that for around seven years. From about six to 13, we were training and wrestling twice a week, as well as playing footy; and then after, we won national titles, state titles. We were both pretty good.

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