Even with some time away from the cage, Colton Cronkite feels as sharp as ever.
This Sunday, Lethbridge, Alta.’s Cronkite (3-0) will make his way across the province to BTC 11 in Edmonton where he will take on Red Deer, Alta.’s Chris Chapman (3-1) in a middleweight bout in what’s expected to be one of the best fights of the night.
Dominating his opponents en route to an undefeated record as a professional, Cronkite relies on hard work and determination above all.
Cronkite, 30, said he knows he’ll have to be at the top of his game to add another one to the win column Sunday night.
“I don’t know if I’m anything special or not, but I would just say I have a good work ethic and I’m mentally tough more than anything,” Cronkite said in an interview with MMA Empire.
“Of course, with any guy that’s as good as he is, you have to be good everywhere to fight him or he’ll pick you apart. If you’re not well-rounded, you’re going to get exposed.”
It’s often said experience is the best teacher, and for Cronkite that couldn’t be more true. With 14 amateur fights before turning pro, Cronkite is as seasoned as they come for a three-fight professional.
He’s undefeated with three first round finishes and although getting the job done quickly isn’t necessarily the goal, that’s how it’s worked out so far for Cronkite.
“Like with every pro, the experience and patience that comes with fighting more has definitely helped me since I was an amateur,” Cronkite said.
“I just have a better understanding of fighting in general. My technique has definitely improved, but mostly my mental game. When it comes to my first round finishes, I don’t know, I guess I just kind of get lucky and it happens.”
After jumping around weight classes for much of his amateur career, Cronkite has now found a home at 185 pounds.
His opponent, Chapman, has also been all over the scale throughout his career, but Cronkite doesn’t expect that to have much of an impact on the fight.
“185 or 205 is more comfortable for me. 170 was just too much of a cut,” Cronkite said.
“I think he’ll be good at that weight also. He’s had a lot of time to adjust to 185 and he’s a great fighter, very well-rounded. He’s a good striker, he’s good at jits, so I’m kind of expecting it to go anywhere. I grew up boxing, so I’m comfortable standing or wrestling, wherever it goes.”
Training full time out of the highly-successful Canadian Martial Arts Centre, Cronkite has become one of Alberta’s hottest regional prospects.
Cronkite said the decision to surround himself with elite coaches and training partners had really made a difference in the direction of his career.
“I think that’s probably the greatest asset, having good training partners and good coaching,” Cronkite said.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to places like Xtreme Couture and The Lab and train with some elite-level guys and you just learn little tips and tricks and everyone helps you along the way. But I’d definitely say that’s my best attribute; the team I have around me.”
“My team, my sponsors, everyone who supports me, BTC for putting on a show.” Follow Cronkite on social media: INSTAGRAM