Stephanie "The Scrapper" Skinner
Stephanie Skinner is a definitely a fighter with a dream and the ambition to succeed. She was given, but very well so earned the nickname, "The Scrapper" due to her fight-style. When she enters the cage, she comes in to fight. Her amatuer career she carried an unbeaten 3-0 record as well as a title, even with no real training. Upon making the leap to pro, she unfortunately faced a few losses; To her, that's just some numbers paper and more-so learning experiences for her to succeed in her quest as a fighter (not to mention most of her fights were against larger opponents). No loss has broken The Scrapper's will to fight, and every time she graces the cage with her presence, you can clearly see that. Stephanie has ultimate goals to fight for Invicta and make her way to the UFC, and one of those dreams has become a reality as she makes her debut for Invicta FC12. She has a great following, great personality, and can bring the fireworks. Keep your eyes peeled for this Fighter on the Rise!
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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 Riverton, WY, a small town in central Wyoming. I was a middle child of three being raised by my grandparents while my dad was serving in the military. I never got much attention as my brother was favored by my grandpa and my sister was favored by my grandma. I acted out a lot so I got my butt whipped a lot! I played outside everyday with my brother and his friends, total tomboy and no interest in anything girl related.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
I was a basketball player all my life, I even played in college at The School of Mines in South Dakota. I also picked up soccer as an 8th grader, and was on Varsity my first year of high school (I'm a natural). I had a soccer scholarship offered to me as well after graduation.
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
Hmmmmm…I would have to say… I was in youth Jazz league basketball, I was very sick with a bad cold and double ear infection, just the works. The doctor told me I couldn't play in the championship game that was just a few days away, of course I was devastated and thought it was the end of the world. But I told my dad I wasn't going to listen to the doctor and I played the entire game anyways and we won! I have always been a rebel, when someone says I can't–I can and I will!
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
When I wasn't acting out to receive to the attention I didn't get I was really a good listener and took direction well… I remember one time my grandma told me that if I played out in the mud with my new boots I would be cleaning them with my tongue..needless to say–a few hours later she found me crying on the porch as I was cleaning my boots with my tongue!
I also thought that eggs from the store could be hatched into little chicks, so I took some from the fridge once, put them under my pillow and blankets and tried to hatch them. Until my grandma found out and put a stop to that.
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved?
Some local fights came to my home town in 2009, only one girl fight was on the card but I knew I wanted to get in there a fight! I asked the promoter, he didn't think he could find anyone my size but I told him I would fight anyone.
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
Well in Wyoming, what I did, I wouldn't call training or a discipline. A couple guys who wrestled that I was friends with took me under their wing, showed me a few submissions and I had done karate as a kid and they showed me a little boxing. We trained at the local weights gym in the aerobics room, or in the garage of the promoter. A heavy bag, and some wrestling matts!
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
I actually never felt prepared in my amateur career or any of my first 3 pro fights…not like how I do now after moving to Colorado and training. I wasn't truly ready until I stepped in the cage for my 4th pro fight and won. Although I was 3-0 as an ammy and held a belt…I will be honest, I didn't know what the hell I was doing, I just did it!
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?
My first fight was against a girl who was 5'9 and 141 lbs! I beat her my UD after 3 rounds! Busted my hand doing it, but I whooped that girl (lol)! When The door locked I looked at my corners, my dad in the crowd (only fight he has ever been to) took a deep breath and thought what the hell am I am doing and why did I sign up for this, this girl is huge!
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
Respect and honor for fighting, the art of fighting and no using or abusing it fighting in the streets.
Self discipline, I was disciplined before, but MMA teaches you a whole new level of discipline between the training, the dieting, the mental challenges and all involved.
That there are still good people out there, between the gym I have been in, the fights I have been to, I have met a lot of great people. In a society that seems so selfish and center around only their needs and wants–the MMA community shows that there are still good people left out there in the world.
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
303 Training Center
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
Well I am a Pro 105-er but most of my fights have been 110-115. So my record is 4-5
Wins over Margret Bloom (117.4) Britney Nipper (129)
Losses – Angela Hill (115 TUF 20 house member) Darla Harris (110 and I tapped her, the ref missed it!!!! But she was ranked in the top 20) Diana Rael (110 she was ranked in the top 15 at the time) Jenn Berg (105 she was ranked in the top 15 as well) Angela Haynes (125!! She was a big girl-my debut)
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
They call me…"The Scrapper"! This was a nick name given to me by the crowd after my first fight! Everyone was like wow dude you're a little Scrapper, you are Scrappy, man you are a Scrapper, it just stuck and it went well with my name. I love that even after my other fights that I loss people still say man you are a scrapper.
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
I think it would just be my mental game, I let my self doubts get to me. I am actually a good well rounded fighter, but I let the criticism of my record and losses get to my head. if i could get past that and believe in myself the way others do because they see what I can do..I would be that much better of a fighter.
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
My most memorable experience was just getting my first pro win, after going from and 3-0 ammy to an 0-3 pro I lost a lot of confidence and thought man and I ever going to win again?! So that first pro win was bitter sweet, and it was a win over a girl from my hometown who ran her mouth and we had always had bad blood.
Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?
A learning experience… as a whole, it's just made mea better person. I fight for the right reasons. I am less stressed and on edge because of MMA and it has really just helped me mature over the past 5 years.
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
Don't doubt yourself, when you are ready you will know, and when you are ready make sure to always give it your all. No regrets, don't hold back, leave it all in the cage and you will never say what if if you always give it your all.
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
I wouldlike to fight for Invicta once my record becomes impressive enough they can't deny me, and eventually in the UFC.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
WMMA is making great movements and strides, it is only going to go up and more stars will stand out. The UFC is opening up more and more and this is due to the success of Invicta and the wonderful things they are doing.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
I think there needs to be a rule about how much weight can/should be cut. I don't think it is far at all for girls to weight 130+ and cut down to 105, or girls to weigh almost 150 and cut down to 115. Its kinda hard and unfair when that happens. Many will dis agree but that is just how I feel.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years I'll be 34, my days of MMA will most likely be over by then.
Mmmmm.. My grandmas Mexican cooking! She is full blooded Mexican and cooks the best food ever!
Favorite type of Music:
I love lot of different kinds of music, I'm a 90s baby — I like Matchbox 20, Dave Mathews Band, The Goo Goo dolls, but i listen to rap, hardly any country, I can't just pick on type of music lol.
Favorite TV Show:
"Winners never quit and quitters never win!"
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
No children, 2 dogs! I would like to have like a dog rescue one day, and as far as kids go… I don't know man. I am scared of babies haha.
Best day of your life:
I don't think it has happened yet, I am still waiting for it
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:
I am terrified of heights and babies, I can actually sing pretty well, Im allergic to fish and shellfish!
Playing basketball and soccer, hanging with friends, just getting to live life and enjoying the moments
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Im not really in to super heroes–But my heroes have always been my dad and my grandpa. My grandpa was the survivor of the Bataan Death March, and POW of WWII, and my dad was an Airborne Army Ranger (the movie Black Hawk Down–yea my dad did that stuff!)
Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries):
Juan Lanza of Sangre Management, he can be found on Facebook.
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