Meet Professional MMA fighter, Lacey Schuckman

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 Lacey Schuckman

Hailing from Golden, Colorado, Lacey Schuckman is a rising star in the women's MMA community. As an amatuer MMA figher, Lacey went 4-2  before making her professional debut in 2009. Lacey has went toe-to-toe with some of the best from Carla Esparza, Michelle Waterson, and Patricia Vidonic. Lacey Schuckman is also a 4-2 amateur Muay Thai fighter, 1-0 professional boxer, and is currently 10-8 in her professional MMA career. With a huge following of supporters and fans, the 26 year old has no plans of stepping away from the cage and plans to fight along side her husband for many years to come. Let's take a look at the story behind this amazing woman!
 

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Early Life:

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I grew up in Golden, Colorado and have stayed here ever since. I have 3 sisters Angi, Lisa, & Talitha, we were all raised by my Mom Peggy. We were always taught to work hard and to be strong independent women. By 12 I was already best friends with my now husband Randall, so a lot of growing our growing up was done together. We both started training at age 15 and not much has changed since!

 

Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

I started playing lacrosse when I was in 7th grade and only pursued it until Sophomore year in High School once I started martial arts.

 

What is your favorite child-hood memory?

I would say my fondest memories are watching The Rockies play and eating walnuts with my Grandpa Alfons before he passed away in 2007. He would always shell them for me and it always made me feel special, like I was his only granddaughter. He instilled my love for baseball for sure!

 

Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

I was a Young Marine when I was a kid, we would learn the history of the Corps. as well as  the lifestyle. We did rifle spinning, drills, and a basic bootcamp. It was a lot of fun and it taught me a lot of discipline and work ethic.


Getting involved in MMA:

 

How did you get involved?

My husband started wrestling in middle school and began traditional martial arts at 15, he would always come home and practice his "moves" on me, after enough head kicks I decided I wanted to learn too. I had always been in trouble growing up for getting into fist fights and MMA gave me a positive outlet.

 

What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?

I began in traditional Tae Kwon Do but my husband has always training me for MMA and street self defense. We started training kickboxing soon after we began training and started competing in MMA & Muay Thai. We quickly found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  We got our first blue belts in no-gi under Rex Payne (Rigan Machado Affiliate) Around this time we started training with WCL Colorado Coach Don "The Dragon" Lee. As we began competing more we started to have to increase the level of our training and added more Coaches to our lineup. We are now both 1 stripe purple belts under Professor Joaquin Baca (Dean Lister BB). We also started training boxing under Steve Mestas in 2011 and Wrestling under Coach Mike Laurita in 2013.

 

At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

I don't know if anyone is ever "ready", I just knew I wanted to fight! I love competing so much. When I first started no commission would sanction amateur female MMA so I started in Muay Thai. Finally in 2006 I got Keith Kizer to sanction the first amateur female MMA fight in Nevada which was also my MMA debut. Then in 2007 I got Colorado to follow suite. It was an honor and privilege to compete in both states for the first time.

 

When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what went through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?

Well my first MMA fights weren't in a cage they were both in a ring so I don't know if it really hit me. Regardless though both fights gave me a HUGE wake up call, that my MMA game was severally lacking in a lot of areas! After my 2nd am. MMA fight we took a year off to get married, Randall had a hernia surgery, and we trained up with the best we could find. When we both came back in 2008 to compete it was a whole new world! I went 4-0 after that and then made the decision to go pro in 2009.

 

What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?

Patience, Humility, and Dedication

 

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Current:

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

The S.H.O.P Combat Sports & Fitness Center, Paragon Fitness & Martial Arts, & House of Pain Boxing Gym

 

What is your current record (ammy/pro) as of February, 2015?

4-2 am Muay Thai
4-2 am MMA (1 title)
10-8 pro MMA (2 titles)
1-0 pro Boxing

 

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?

I'm "The Ladie" (yes spelled like that, that way no one can steal it #marketing) it was given to me by my old Kickboxing Coach Hale Hilsabeck. He said I needed something nice to present myself as feminine. Plus I am a big tomboy always spitting and I have the mouth of a sailor so it was kind of a joke nickname that just fit!


If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

I would love to be more graceful. I am gaining more and more agility as I progress but I would like to look more effortless in my techniques without losing my ferocity. 

 

What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

I would have to say when I defended my amateur title in my last am fight. I was fighting my toughest opponent to date, Kari Ricker, out of Mark :The Hammer" Coleman's gym. I thought she was going to kill me, she missed weight and looked much stronger. I was able to sink in a guillotine but I only got half guard so I figured I was in trouble but all of a sudden she was snoring! I didn't even believe it at first, it was only :26 into round 1! The win isn't what stands out as much as that was the first time I knew I could mentally overcome fear and push on. I learned that I can always improve and that it is better to surprise yourself then over estimate yourself. 

 

Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting
you would like to share?

When I went pro in 2009 I was overwhelmed with an abundance of opportunities. I made my debut in the last 1 night 8 women tournament, with what was at the time the top female MMA fighters (many of whom are still top dogs), I got to fight for Strikeforce, and many more. However it quickly taught me that not all opportunities are good opportunities. I learned a lot about not compromising who I am to get to the top and also not being too big for my britches.


If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

Find people to train with that want to see you succeed for you and not for what they can get out of it.

 

Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

I would like to thank my amazing sponsors that make it all possible!
 

90 Degree By Reflex
www.90degreebyreflex.com
(use coupon code ladielacey at checkout for 20% off your entire order)

Fighter Girls
www.fightergirls.com

Grit Mouthguards
www.gritmouthguards.com

Mass Destruction MMA
www.massdestructionmma.com

MMA Road Hog Racing
https://www.facebook.com/mma.roadhog

Tan Time Littleton
www.tantimelittleton.com

Xionx Maximum Performance Bands
www.xionx-mma.com

Martial Arts Life Apparel

www.facebook.com/pages/Martial-Arts-Life-Apparel-The-World-Is-My-Cage/

LUBMMA

LubMMA.com

 

 

 

 

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Future:

 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

I want to be #1! I want to be the champion in more then one weight class and I want to push the limits!

 

What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

I think its great especially Women's MMA. I mean when I started WMMA barely existed. I am very happy that these talented athletes are getting their shot to shine!


If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?

Time limits! I know there has to be a parameter but it really waters down what a real fight is like. I even think Pride rules rounds would be better…also head kicks to downed opponents. That's half the game, stay safe!

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Still competing! I'm only 26 I have plenty of time left to reach my goals as far as competition goes. I know Ill be teaching and pretty much doing what I've done the last 10 years!

 

 



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Fun Facts:

 

Favorite Food/Dish:

Any sushi roll & ice cream any flavor by the gallon 😉

 

Favorite type of Music:

That's a tough one, I love techno to, classical to, Hip Hop to, Christian to, Jam Bands, I really love it all but I hate when people answer "EVERYTHING"

 

Favorite Movie:

The Devil's Rejects

 

Favorite TV Show:

I don't have TV so as far as Netflix shows goes I really liked American Horror Story

 

Favorite Quote:

"I'm not where I want to be, but Im a lot better then I was Yesterday!" -Joyce Meyers

 

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

No & No, I love training other peoples kids and then giving them back :) 

 

Best day of your life:

My Wedding Day! The day I met Randall when I was 12, I told him I was going to marry him. He thought I was crazy but here we are 14 years later! He is the reason I wake in the morning and I only close my eyes at night knowing he's the one next to me. He is my Coach, my soulmate, my rock, my inspiration, and my everything! I am very blessed to have him.

 

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

I can plumb, do electric, paint, and other miscellaneous carpentry, and I love doing it!


Favorite Hobbies:

Bowling & Gardening


Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Superman. He's just super human and doesn't require special tools or gadgets!

 

Contact:

 

Facebook Page/Fan Page: facebook.com/ladielacey

Twitter: @ladielacey

Instagram: @ladielacey

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): 

Rosa Freitas – rosa@wbfightmgmt

 

 

 

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