Teenage MMA sensation could be anything: coach
YOUNG Coolum fighter Ty Duncan is intent on following in the footsteps of fellow Sunshine Coast competitors Kyle Noke and Ryan Dunstan, who have featured in the Ultimate Fighter television series.
Duncan created a stir last year when he made his debut in the sport.
The then 16-year-old and his camp were criticised in some quarters for taking on an older opponent.
But the teenager proved he was up to the task and beat Dean Purdon, 26, within three minutes via an arm-bar manoeuvre.
And after beating New Zealand's Ryan Reece, 30, within two minutes via a naked choke, the Advance Martial Arts fighter is primed to further his burgeoning career in the cage.
The 17-year-old is expected to fight on the Fury 6 card in Caloundra in June and victory there may secure him a tilt at a Fury welterweight title.
It would also put him in a solid position to apply for a spot on the internationally acclaimed television series, the Ultimate Fighter.
Duncan's coach, Joel Szepesvary, said: "Grant Blackler was the Fury champion and he got on the Ultimate Fighter, so there are some pretty good fighters out of the series.
"That's our long-term plan. Once he's 18 he can turn pro and then needs two pro fights and will be eligible to go on the show."
Dunstan was eliminated early in the series last year.
Noke is another Coast fighter to have featured in the series and he has gone on to establish a successful UFC career.
Szepesvary believed Duncan could be anything.
"He's got unlimited potential," he said.
"I don't want to sound too brutal, but he's hurting people in the gym. He doesn't even know he's own power yet.
"He's only 17 but he's got the strength of a man and is training the house down."
"He's respectful and mature and has been brought up well. He's got his head screwed on."
Duncan is doing a personal trainer's course and Szepesvary said his pupil was a "sponge" when it came to learning the techniques of the sport.
The feature bout at Fury 6 is likely to involve Fury featherweight champ Pat Promrangka and South Australian fighter Suasday Chau.