By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today we will sit down with Shannon Sinn. Shannon will be fighting April 22 with a portion of the proceeds going towards Justice61 an organization that helps children who are victims of sex trafficking. Let’s have a seat and talk with Shannon and ask a few questions.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Shannon: Being a fighter allows me to push myself to new levels all the time. It makes me put myself in uncomfortable situations and forces me to deal with it. I thrive off of constantly being challenged. It has also given me the sense that I can get through a great deal of adversity and still be okay. Regardless of what happens win or lose; I will get up, learn, and move on.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Shannon: Unfortunately, I got a really late start in MMA. I began training when I was 30 years old without any previous combat training of any kind. I really wish I would’ve found the sport much earlier in my life but I’m very glad I eventually did.
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Shannon: I am a 2 stripe purple belt in jiu jitsu.
Nick: What was your amateur record?
Shannon: I was 5-1 as a amateur.
Nick: What made you choose to go to the professional level?
Shannon: A large part in my decision for going pro when I did was because I was having a difficult time getting fights to go through. Being that I am an older fighter I didn’t feel I had the time to waste with girls pulling out on a regular basis and believed that the professional fighters would be more accountable.
Nick: What camp do you fight out of and how long have you been there?
Shannon: I fight out of Grinders in Northglenn, CO. I have been there and fighting under Albert Rosales since 2012.
Nick: With your fighting style do do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Shannon: I am quite comfortable with the fight on the feet or the ground. I have been in some striking battles with some of the best strikers in my division and have held my own. I am also very competent on the ground.
Nick: Do you have plans to fight for Invicta again at some point in your career?
Shannon: I do plan on being back in the Invicta cage soon. I have just been doing what I can to stay busy and grow as a fighter until that time.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are, and what’s the thing you need to work on the most?
Shannon: I always have room for improvement in every aspect of my game. I am really hard on myself in my performances along with critiquing every training session and always push myself to be better each time.
Nick: What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?
Shannon: I love body work whether it comes from knees, punches, or kicks. It’s very gratifying to see the look on your opponent’s face and hear the air leave their body after connecting with a good one.
Nick: What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Shannon: I typically walk around at 145 pounds and cut to 125 pounds for my fights. At 6 weeks out from my fight I really clean up my diet and fuel my body with really good foods. The week of my fight I’m usually 10-11 pounds out and will work my way down from there. I have never felt like the weight cuts have had any impact on my strength. I feel like I do a good job of re-hydrating after weigh ins.
Nick: With the USADA tightening up on fighters with pre fight testing and several suspension being handed out, how do you feel about fighters getting banned for non controlled substances?
Shannon: I feel as a fighter you need to be well aware of what you are putting into your body. If you are taking something that could be questionable then you should disclose it.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Shannon: Have patience. Surround yourself with people you trust. Train with people better than you. Let your training and fighting do the talking. Enjoy the journey not just the fights.
Nick: You will be facing Cheri Muraski on April 22 at A Warrior Glory 8. Do you have a prediction for the fight?
Shannon: I have trained hard to win this fight. I’m ready for whatever I need to do to come out of this with the victory. I believe that with my experience and level of competition I’ve faced I will be able to control the way the fight goes.
Nick: With so many people in need and so many great causes to support why did you pick Justice61?
Shannon: Justice61 is a nonprofit organization that helps to combat the sex trafficking trade within the United States by providing all resources needed to shelter and restore victims. Justice61 is there for law enforcement raids, there in the hospitals, there during the withdrawals, there when items never meant to enter the human body are removed.
I have personally seen the good that this organization does for the victims and want to do everything I can to bring more attention to it. These children are not a lost cause. With the support of Justice61 they can eventually regain confidence, trust, get their identity back, and move on to live a meaningful life.
Nick: Shannon have you submitted to the takeover?
Shannon: This is Shannon Sinn and I have submitted to the takeover.
I enjoyed talking with Shannon. I want to thank her for taking the time to complete this interview and wish her luck on her upcoming fight. I also have to say that she is doing great work for a great cause. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA