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How he came to be 'The Colossus'

At 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, it's easy to see how James Thompson got the nickname "The Colossus." But the British mixed martial artist has had to deal with his fair share of short-comings and big-time letdowns on his way up the heavyweight ranks.

Updated: December 20, 2007, 8:38 AM ET
By Tim Leidecker | Sherdog.com

The life of British heavyweight James Thompson is a true rags-to-riches story.

The 29-year-old mixed martial artist has experienced both the highest highs and lowest lows. Before the man-mountain started in MMA five years ago, he had worked all kinds of obscure jobs.

"The craziest thing that happened to me during those times was while working as a debt collector," Thompson remembered. "Once I went to get a debt, and a woman answered the door dressed in leather underwear. When I ...

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