Heading into the mid-point of 2017, flyweight Shannon Sinn found herself in a tough spot. Coming off a loss to Cheri Muraski in April, Sinn found herself with a record of 3-5 and possibly out of the game if things got worse.
Luckily, Sinn was able to make some changes and right her ship by closing out last year with two straight wins and evening her record.
“I was training hard, but I don’t feel I was in a good place mentally,” Sinn told MMAWeekly.com. “I had low self-esteem and confidence in my fighting. I was training hard, but I just wasn’t performing or following my game plan as I should.
“I spoke to my coach about it he suggested maybe getting a reset; going somewhere else and getting some training in. That’s what I did. I shook things up and never felt better.”
“Taking those losses and having an upside-down record, I knew it was going to take a lot of work to get it straightened out,” said Sinn. “There was a little bit of doubt in my mind if we could do it, but it was still in my heart that I wanted to fight.”
Sinn (5-5) will look for her third straight win when she takes on Sabina Mazo Isaza (4-0) for the vacant 125-pound title at LFA 37 on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“Obviously she does have that crazy kickboxing,” Sinn said of Isaza. “I’m not stupid. I’ve seen her highlight reel knockouts. I know what I’m looking out for.
“I don’t feel like my kickboxing is that bad either. I have power in my hands. I feel my stand-up can just be as scary as hers; I just don’t have those highlight reel knockouts yet.”
Though she is being painted as the underdog, Sinn plans to use that to her advantage.
“I plan on going in there and shock everyone again, and show them that they should stop making me the underdog,” said Sinn. “It’s definitely no disrespect. It’s probably been better for the training camp. It’s motivating at the same time.”
For Sinn not only would a win over Isaza put her above .500 for her career, but an LFA title could be the key she needs to helping ready her for the next level.
“Having that flyweight women’s division open in the UFC right now, that’s definitely my goal, and earning that LFA belt helps get you there,” Sinn said.
“Right now in my head I want to take care of this fight and get the win, and if it takes defending that belt a time or two, that’s fine. I want to get to the UFC sooner than later. I’m an older fighter, but I still have some good fights left in me.”