Matt Schnell Targeting Legacy FC Interim Title on Friday

March 23, 2016

While things didn’t quite work out as planned in 2015 for Legacy FC flyweight Matt “Danger” Schnell, the year was still one of his most productive to date.

In four fights last year, Schnell picked up all victories, with three finishes (and one disqualification), adding to a six-fight winning streak that has him near the top of the Legacy 125-pound division.

“I feel my best when I’m active and competing regularly, so for me, 2015 went perfectly,” Schnell told MMAWeekly.com. “We had a lot of back outs and fighters replaced at the last minute, so I feel like some of the competition wasn’t as stiff as I would have liked it to have been, but I’m satisfied with the way things are going.”

Though he had multiple opponent changes, Schnell never let it get him down, even if at times it was annoying to have people come in and out of bouts.

“It’s just part of the fight game and part of the business,” said Schnell. “Over my career, it’s been the norm that guys fall out, but it is frustrating and I do get tired of it.

“I don’t necessarily believe guys are afraid of me, but they do know that I’m good and it’s going to be a challenge, and I think guys are afraid of the challenge.”

Originally, Schnell (9-2) was to face Damacio Page and then Jason Sampson on March 25 in Lake Charles, La., but instead he’ll now rematch the last fighter to beat him in Klayton Mai (8-1) for the interim Legacy flyweight championship in the evening’s main event.

“I think Klayton is a talented guy and he came in and surprised me, and I feel like I didn’t perform that well in that (first) fight,” said Schnell. “I made some fundamental mistakes. I didn’t move my head very well, retreating on straight lines, and he did a good job (of implementing his game plan).

“That being said, it was competitive and this next fight will be competitive, and I see myself winning this time. I’ve been through a tough camp; I’ve grinded with some pretty tough guys, so I don’t see myself losing.”

For Schnell, claiming the Legacy title will be another goal accomplished on his way towards his biggest accomplishment: eventually signing with the UFC.

“I take it one step at a time, but I say it all the time, there’s not one goal that I haven’t accomplished,” said Schnell. “Systematically I’ve knocked them down. Being the Legacy champion is one of the goals I set when I signed with them and it’s something I wanted to do before I moved on.

“I’ve put myself in the position to win the title and then we’ll set the next goals afterward. For now for being the Legacy champion puts me on top of this circuit and in the lead and I feel like I should definitely get a call to the UFC.”

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