What’s good fight fans? Today I will be sitting down with Combate America’s atom weight Shyann Farmer. Shyann is 4-1 as an amateur and making her pro debut on September 15 at Combate 17. Let’s talk with Shyann and talk about her debut, career, and plans for the future.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Shyann: Honestly it is in my blood per say. Growing up I was always getting into fights. My parents got divorced when I was young and I had a lot of anger. In elementary school I got into fights, middle school I got into fights, and high school I got into fights. I realized four years ago when I started training I should get paid to do what I love. It has made me a better person. I used to become very mad very easy and snap on people. Now I just laugh it off. As an amateur, I do not get paid but September 15 I will while making my pro debut.
Nick: At what age did you begin training in martial arts?
Shyann: I began training at a small gym four years ago. I didn’t really want to fight at that time. I wanted to learn some self-defense and get in shape. I watched one of my teammates fight a month later and decided I wanted to do this. I did a fight camp and had my first amateur fight which I won via TKO.
Nick: With an amateur record of 4-1 what made you decide to go to the professional level at that time?
Shyann: Where I live in New Mexico I am the only female fighter. Right now I am the only pro fighter in my gym. I should have had about 11 fights, but due to injury or opponent injury, many of them did not happen. I was supposed to have a title fight but got into a car accident. I decided to fight anyway and covered up what happened. I trained through it all and got to the fight and my opponent pulled out due to a problem with her blood work. There was no one at atom weight to fight in the amateur ranks anymore. My coach recommended going pro to be able to get fights.
Nick: What camp do you train out of and how long have you been with them?
Shyann: Desert Dynasty is my home gym. That is where I started off 4 years ago. I had a falling out with one of the coaches and would travel over an hour to train. I had a 6 month period where I was training myself. I bounced around for a while after that I finally made my way back to my original gym which is in my home town. I do my conditioning in El Paso, Texas.
Nick: What would you say your best attribute is as a fighter?
Shyann: I don’t think I could pick one thing. I train everything and love to stand or go to the ground. My best attribute would have to be that I am very well rounded.
Nick: Prior to your debut you were a strawweight. Was the cut to atom weight difficult for you?
Shyann: I honestly had never cut to 105 pounds. I have fought at a catchweight of 110 pounds and the last two pounds were tough. I also did not have the correct diet at that time and I do now so it will not be bad at all in my opinion.
Nick: You will be facing a tough opponent in 7-1 Brenda Enriquez. Brenda has an even amount of wins via knockout and submission. How do you think your skill sets match up?
Shyann: I don’t think the amount of fights matters. I have height on her but she is muscular. I think that we will match up fine. I am confident in my skills to be able to handle whatever she comes at me with.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for the fight?
Shyann: I think that I will win this fight via TKO. I can’t pick a round but this is what I think will happen.
Nick: Should you walk out of the cage with a win at Combate 17 do you have your sights set on anyone in particular?
Shyann: I have my eyes set on whoever has the belt. No person but the title.
Nick: How happy are you to be fighting on a great fight card for Combates?
Shyann: I am really excited to be on the card and with the promotion. It is humbling to get signed to a bigger promotion and not a smaller local show.
Nick: How long is your contract with Combates?
Shyann: It’s a five fight contract and two years long.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter of all time?
Shyann: Nick Diaz for sure.
Nick: Shyann have you submitted to the takeover?
Shyann: This is Shyann Farmer and I have submitted to the takeover.
Shyann would like to thank more people than she could name right now. Friends, family, sponsors, training partners, and coaches have helped her get to her first professional fight and she is grateful.
I would like to thank Shyann for taking time out of her day to talk with me during fight week. I wish her all the best of luck in her debut. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA