The Bay Area’s Colleen Schneider has come a long way in amateur fighting. One of the stars of “Tuff-n-uff” Vegas’s women’s division, Schneider is looking for an impressive debut when she faces Sarah D’alelio (1-0) at the Artic Combat 2 in Anchorage Alaska this coming Friday, March 19.
Schneider took some time to talk to “Sportsgeeks” about her upcoming debut.
Schneider has been dividing her training between Jake Shield’s gym and Gilbert Melendez’s gym; which has helped improve her game. She feels that the added experience in the amateur ranks has given her the experience she needed and it was time to take on the professional ranks.
“I felt it was time. I was ready to go pro,” Schneider said. “Where I am now verse where I was for my first amateur fight, which was less than a year ago, is worlds apart.”
Schneider is in an unusual position for a debut, as her fight is the main event of the card.
“It’s kind of crazy, I am the headliner,” Schneider admits. “It’s funny. I was talking to the promoter and he says ‘So, you guys are the headlining fight.’ I said ‘You know this is my debut, right?’”
A lot of amateur fighters would be nervous going into their first professional fight. Schneider, however, said the Tuff-n-uff experience prepared her for huge crowds and it helps her get pumped for the fight.
“I really like having a big audience,” Schneider stated. “They amp me up. It doesn’t make me nervous. It makes me feel like ‘Yeah this is it! We are going to go.’”
Also on the card will be Leslie Smith (2-1) facing Julia Griffin (0-1).