Following two losses in his first two Legacy FC bouts, flyweight Matt “Danger” Schnell returned to the company in May as part of the promotion’s combined kickboxing and MMA event, and picked up a second-round submission win over Albert Tapia.
The win over Tapia was Schnell’s fourth in a row, to which he gives a lot of credit to a change in camps.
“I’m training at American Top Team, making the move about a year ago, and just working hard towards getting better, staying busy, and getting my record in order to where it reflects the type of fighter I am,” Schnell told MMAWeekly.com.
“I was able to build a good skillset between my jiu-jitsu and striking, but I think wrestling is the biggest thing that I’ve tried to shore up here since I joined ATT. As I’ve progressed, I’m putting things together better, it’s all coming together as one.”
Schnell feels his development is right on track in terms of where he needs it to be to take his career to the next level.
“I feel like I can do what I’ve done to these last couple guys to anyone in the world,” said Schnell. “I have knockout power and I have good submissions and I feel like I’ll only get more comfortable in the cage as time goes on.”
After multiple opponent changes, Schnell (7-2) will make his return to Legacy FC on Friday in Lake Charles, La., against Wanderley Carvalho Leite (5-4) in a flyweight feature bout.
“I’m not too concerned with what he is going to do, I’m just going to go out there and fight my fight,” said Schnell. “I think that’s something I’ve done well – not worrying about what they’re going to do – but what I do. If I fight my fight, I usually win, so that’s what I’m focusing on.”
A win on Friday would even Schnell’s record with Legacy FC and raise his winning streak to five, and that’s what his focus is, rather than getting caught up in where he could be headed next.
“I’m not trying to look ahead too much,” said Schnell. “I’m just trying to get through this one and see what’s next.
“I know what level of guy that I am, and I think I can fight at the highest level against anyone in the world. I’m taking it one step at a time, one fight at a time, and see what happens next.”