FightBookMMA caught up with Lacey ‘The Ladie’ Schuckman

Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman

“Jiu Jitsu is an art of humility if you can’t tap without getting upset, you will never grow.” – Lacey ‘The Ladie’ Schuckman

COLORADO (Mon, March 6, 2017) – Born and raised in Colorado, Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman is a gutsy competitor who began her professional MMA career taking two bouts on the same day. She is an experienced mixed martial artist with a professional MMA record of 11 – 9. Two of her wins have come by way of knockout, six by way of submission, and three by decision. Lacey has competed in high level female promotions such as Invicta and Strikeforce. She possesses a decent standup skills and a gamey ground assault. Lacey brings experience with her when she enters the cage.

Over the years she has faced some big names in the mixed martial arts business. Lacey has proven herself to be a formidable opponent time and time again. Four of her nine losses have not been at the hands of mediocre combatants, but rather they came against some of the top female MMA fighters in the game. These fighters include Carla Esparza, Ayaka Hamasaki, Michelle Waterson, and Mizuki Inoue.

Lacey lost by way of submission in 2010 to Carla Esparza. Esparza went on to become the first Invicta FC Straw Weight champion and the first UFC Straw Weight champion. Esparza is currently ranked the number two contender in the UFC.

In 2012 Schuckman lost by way of submission to Ayaka Hamasaki who is considered by many to be the current number one ranked straw weight in the world. Schuckman had taken the fight on very short notice.

Michelle Waterson is a former Invicta FC champion and ranked seventh by the UFC. In 2012 Lacey Schuckman lost an extremely close split decision to Waterson in a fight that could have easily gone one way or the other. Waterson is coming off a recently victory over Paige VanZant.

Lacey lost to Mizuki Inoue by way of arm-bar submission. Inoue is presently rated 8th in the world.

Lacey is a student of many combat arts. These arts include Muay Thai and wrestling. She has had six amateur Muay Thai fights and looks forward to someday making a professional kickboxing debut. Her coach Don Lee is a former World Combat League Coach, undefeated MMA fighter, and Muay Thai champion.

“Wrestling is near and dear to me,” Lacey Schuckman explains. “My husband began wrestling in 6th grade and always messed with me. After a while he began training me and teaching me techniques. I fell in love! Now we train with our wrestling coach, Mike Laurita.” Laurita is the head wrestling coach at a local high school.

“So we go train with the kids. It’s a blast!” adds Lacey.

Lacey started training and competing in boxing in 2010 under the tutelage of Steve Mestas. She had one exhibition match and then in 2011 she had her first professional boxing match. Lacey won the bout by way of a 1st round TKO.

Lacey has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2006 and is currently a three stripe purple belt under Professor Joaquin Baca.

“Of all my disciplines I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the best,” explains Lacey. “It is so pure, technique is fact, and it is ever evolving.”

Lacey began training in Jiu Jitsu at the age of seventeen years old. She saw how much having a ground arsenal in competition was imperative.

“Getting into the sport so early there wasn’t a real guide to what you needed to study to be successful. Through trial and error I found Jiu Jitsu and it changed my life.” Lacey explains.

She has competed in 2 fight to win Pro shows and currently has a record of 1 – 1 with the promotion. Lacey is looking forward to competing in her first Jiu Jitsu tournament this year.

Q & A with Lacey ‘The Ladie’ Schuckman

Tommy V. – How did you gain the nickname of “The Ladie”?

Lacey Schuckman – My first Tae Kwon Do instructor used to always tell me to be more ladylike because I’ve always been one of the boys. He gave me the nickname “Lady” as a joke so I changed it to “Ladie” so that no one could steal the nickname.

Tommy V. – What made you decide to enter mixed martial arts on a professional level?

Lacey Schuckman – I had six amateur MMA fights and six amateur Muay Thai fights and there weren’t a lot of girls back then so it seemed natural to just take the leap. However looking back I wish I had been patient because the sport has exploded with talent. I don’t regret my decision because my experiences have helped with my husband Randall’s career and my students’ careers. I feel like I am finally getting my bearings as a professional even if I have twenty-one pro matches.

Tommy V. – What is your favorite thing about Jiu Jitsu?

Lacey Schuckman – I love that it is really the gentle art, not because it never gets tough but you can always use your brain to solve the physical equation without fear of injury. No matter how bruised or beat up I feel from striking or wrestling, I can always do Jiu Jitsu.

Tommy V. – What was your most memorable victory as a professional? Why?

Lacey Schuckman – I am really proud of my fight with Darla Harris. I really feared her and it was my second time at 105 lbs. It was a great battle. It really showed me what I needed to improve and changed the level of my
training. I really grew from that match!

Tommy V. – Who was your toughest fight as a professional?

Lacey Schuckman – I would say Mizuki Inoue. That was my last fight in January of 2016. I had asked to fight her because I really admire Japanese warriors like her and Ayaka Hamasaki. I had a very strong first round but after I had run through my game plan so quickly it was hard for me to adapt. I have no excuses, but of any fight I have ever had, I see so much of what I did wrong mentally which led to a lot of physical injury. My nose and both orbitals were shattered and I received a serious concussion. The worst part of it all though is that the ambulance that took me was the only one and because I left in it, it held up the fight card leaving Raquel Pa aluki and Colleen Schnieder standing in the cage for like twenty minutes. I just felt horrible.

Tommy V. – You began your pro career in 2009. Do you believe the skill level of female MMA professional fighters has increased overall or decreased when you compare today with when you entered the sport as a professional in 2009? Why?

Lacey Schuckman – I 1000 % agree that they have improved. It is unreal the level of these new up and comers. These new amateurs blow my mind, they are as good if not better then most 2012 and prior professionals. With the level and availability of proper training now it’s only logical.

Tommy V. – Do you feel the sport of professional female MMA has grown in popularity from when you began your career?

Lacey Schuckman – Oh God yes. When I first started in 2006 I had to fight Nevada’s and Colorado’s boxing commissions to get them to license me as an amateur. Girl fights were kind of like freak show fights at the time. Then when I fought at the Hook n Shoot 115 lbs Grand Prix it was the first time I saw a full room of ladies that did what I did. It was awesome but until Invicta and Ronda Rousey I don’t think WMMA was a household conversation.

Tommy V. – There are countless athletes but few reach the professional level in their sport. Reaching the professional level is often considered an amazing achievement on it’s own for an athlete. With that said are you satisfied with your pro MMA career?

Lacey Schuckman – No and I don’t think I ever will be, even when it’s over. I always want to be better then the day before. First and foremost I am a martial artist and fighter second. As a martial artist I hold myself to a very high standard of ability and growth. In martial arts and life when you stop learning you die… I never want to stop learning and improving. I have some good matches and some not so good matches but it is all working towards a deeper goal of being the best Lacey I can be.

Tommy V. – How long do you see yourself competing in MMA on a professional level?

Lacey Schuckman – I plan to compete until my body won’t let me! I may not be at the highest levels but never say never. I really look up to Randy Couture and Dan Henderson and I really hope to be a female version of them!

“Lacey entered professional WMMA at a time when few participated in such a high standard of competition. It was a time when female MMA could be describe as rare at best. Over the years she has compiled a respectable career and can proudly consider herself among the first waves of female fighters who strived to take the sport to the next level. Her energy and talent has played an active role in blazing the road many current female MMA fighters travel on today.” – Tommy V.

By: MMA with TOMMY V.

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