Paul Jacob asked Invicta FC Bantamweight Colleen Schneider ahead of her title fight on May 5th. Paul also interviewed her opponent Tonya Evinger, you can read that piece here.
Your nickname is “Thoroughbred”, what is the origin of that?
It came from Michelle Ould and Kaitlin Young while we were filming this crazy reality show that never aired. They were calling me that because my legs were so buff.
At what age did you know you wanted to be a professional fighter and have you always been competitive?
I’ve done sports since I was little- soccer, karate, track- and have always been competitive. It was shortly after college when I first learned about MMA and I knew immediately I wanted to compete in the sport.
When you first started your career you went 1-4. Did that weigh on your mind and how did you stay confident?
I pressured myself into going pro before I should have. I would also take any fight I could get and didn’t care who the opponent was. I have the opposite of a padded record.
When you are waiting in the back to go on for your fight and when you are standing in the Octagon waiting for the announcements to be made, what is running through your head?
I’m very calm. Focused. Just being in that moment as it happens.
You are a member of a growing group of Vegan fighters, what was the initial motivation for this lifestyle and how do you feel it helps in your MMA career?
I became vegetarian when I was 5 years old and first found out meat came from animals. I haven’t eaten it since. I make a point to eat locally grown, seasonable, produce and I cook almost all of my food myself. I’m 34 and am in fantastic physical condition, in large part because of how I eat.
At Invicta 17 you are fighting Tonya Evinger for the Bantamweight title. How do you see the fight going and have you pinpointed any weaknesses?
Just watch and see 🙂
What do you feel separates you from the other women in your division and what one aspect of your game do you feel you’ve improved most in, since we last saw you?
My last fight for Invicta was just the beginning of a new approach to training and fighting for me. I’ve had a great group of people working with me this camp to continue that growth.
You have been fighting for 6+ years as a pro, what advice would you give to an aspiring Mixed Martial Artist?
Take your training seriously, but enjoy the process as well. Have fun.
What one piece of advise would you give to 16 year old Colleen Schneider?
Nothing. Even mistakes I’ve made were things I needed to go through myself and area part of the person I am now.
Quick fire questions
Souza or Hill? Hill
Can you describe yourself in 10 words or less? Constantly evolving.
Who is your dream opponent and why? Bruce Lee, he is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
What is the best moment of your career? Winning the Super Fight League Bantamweight Title.
What is the weirdest moment? Fighting in India along with a full scale Bollywood concert.
What is the worst moment? Losing my fight to get on the TUF house.
And finally do you FeelTheTip? Of course!
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