Fighter on the Rise: Shannon Sinn!

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Meet Professional MMA Fighter, Shannon Sinn

Alright, Shannon Sinn is a new name to me. I suppose there's a lot of uncovered talent from being your typical MMA fan. On my search to find and connect with more and more fighters, especially those in the ever-growing WMMA community, I came across Shannon Sinn. Not only does she have the coolest freakin' eyes in MMA, ever... she also carries quite an impressive record of 5-1 as an Ammy and 1-0 as a Professional. Shannon Sinn is surely a name that will be blowing up in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled and watch for this Fighter on the Rise!

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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 was born in Iowa, but my family and I moved to Brighton, CO when I was in 3rd grade. I have a younger brother and 2 younger sisters and we were all pretty close growing up. Growing up I was teased a lot about my eyes. I remember coming home crying to my mom countless times.

 

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

I have been active in sports ever since I can remember, starting with tee ball. I tried every sport I could in middle school and then found a love for track & field when I entered high school. I was highly competitive in track getting to compete in the Junior Olympics multiple times during high school. I then went on a full ride scholarship to Idaho State University.

 

What is your favorite child-hood memory?

The traveling I did as I competed in track. Also the numerous shenanigans with my siblings.

 

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

My dad was a bull rider so I grew up around the rodeo and love it.

I played the violin as a child.

I studied Spanish as a major in college.

 

Getting involved in MMA:

 

How did you get involved into MMA as a sport?

I began in MMA just looking for a good workout. I had no intentions of competing or fighting when I started. The competitive nature in me quickly took over when I started entering grappling tournaments about 4 months in.

 

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

I began at an MMA gym that was Sambo based.

 

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

I felt ready to take my first fight about 1 1/2 yrs into training. I was training with a girl who was fighting and figured I ought to be ready if I was training and helping her get ready on a daily basis.

 

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

I was really sick and knew my lungs wouldn't last long. I finished the fight in 1:36 of the first round by TKO.

 

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

1-Patience

2-It takes a lot of love for the sport and want to really be able to put yourself through the grind it takes to be successful.

3-Be careful who you align yourself with. Some people just want what's best for you as long as it will benefit them.

 

Current:

 

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

Grinders Submission Fighting at Strictly Boxing

 

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?

I started off fighting at 135lbs and am now fight at 125lbs. Pro 1-0 and Ammy 5-1

 

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

Nothing yet. My last name, Sinn, has been played with quite a bit.

 

 

 

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

There's always so much to improve on. I tend to be extremely hard on myself and want perfection. Maybe I could change that. Hahahaha, learn to cut myself some slack.

 

What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

My pro debut was amazing. Not only was the venue packed and full of great energy, I achieved something I had wanted to do since I was young. I had always dreamed of becoming a professional athlete.

 

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

It was an awesome experience to be part of Cat Zingano's fight camp for her UFC debut. I was honored to spar with her weekly.

 

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

Be patient. Don't be in a hurry to fight. Make sure you are being prepared properly and have good people around you who are looking out for you. You need to have those coaches that give you tough love and make sure your training in the gym is harder than any fight you will have. And those who will step in at times to let you know if you're not ready mentally or physically. Also, be patient in times that the fights don't come or fall through. In the end every fight camp makes you a better fighter whether you get the opportunity to get in the cage or not.

 

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

I want to give a huge thank you to Albert Rosales for always believing in me and putting so much time into my training and goals. Also much love to my family, friends, and fans who have always supported me win or lose. To all my teammates at Grinders who put in the hard work with me every fight camp, I couldn't do it without you. Last but not least, thank you to all of my sponsors who help make this all happen: Copper Rail Bar & Grill, MMA Roadhog, Genesis Mechanical, Hair By Rachel, Crime Scene Cleaners, Denver Chiropractic, Fossil Fuel, Spartan Labs, Northglenn Fusion Swim club, and Don Hendricks of D.B.D Designs.

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Future:

 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

I want to be fighting on the elite level. I would love to be a title holder at any of the large organizations.

 

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

I'm excited to be part of this sport right now as it's growing and only wish I would've found it sooner.  It also sucks that so many pioneers of WMMA may have missed out while the sport is getting so much attention.  I think fans are missing out on girls like Megumi Fugi, Erin Toughill, Debi Purcell, and others.

 

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

Shady management and promoters.

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I would like to be running my own gym.

 

Fun Facts:

 

Favorite Food/Dish: I LOVE FOOD!!  Thank goodness I also love to workout or I would be in a world of trouble. My weakness though is chocolate.

 

Favorite type of Music: Rock

 

Favorite Movie: Footloose

 

Favorite TV Show: Sons Of Anarchy and Vikings

 

Favorite Quote: "The pain of discipline is much easier to live with than the pain of regret."

 

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?: I am blessed with having 3 nephews and 3 nieces. I aim to be the BEST auntie EVER!

 

Best day of your life: 02-10-2002

 

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself: I was once kicked out of a MLB stadium for jumping over the rail and grabbing a foul ball. …and I won a competition in Mexico where I caught and wrestled a gazelle.

 

Favorite Hobbies: :  Outside of training I love to run, hang out with friends and family, camp, take road trips, and go to baseball games.

 

Who is your favorite super hero and why?: I am going to have to go with Wonder Woman because of her skills in hand-to-hand combat, strength, and the lasso of truth.

 

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Contact:

 

Facebook Page/Fan Page: Shannon Sinn

 

Twitter: @ShannonSinnMMA

 

Instagram: @ShannonSinnMMA

 

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Albert Rosales can be contacted on Facebook or email at mata_leon@aol

 

 

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 Can you say, #WCW?!

 

 

Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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