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Friday, May 30, 2014

No Holds Barred: Colleen Schneider on June 7 Catch Wrestling in L.A. 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with catch wrestler and MMA fighter Colleen Schneider.

She is currently training with combat sports veterans Josh Barnett and Erik Paulson at Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) in Fullerton, California. She also has been competing in MMA since 2010, including stints in Strikeforce, the Super Fight League, and on The Ultimate Fighter TV show.

Now she will be competing in catch wrestling, as this sport is being revived. She will be wrestling on the Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth.

This event will be held Saturday, June 7. The location is the Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA, at 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095-1612.

In this event, you can only win by pin or submission. There are no points or judges.

Her opponent will be Jennifer Thomas.

We spoke with Colleen Schneider by phone Thursday.

Asked how she got involved with this event, she replied, "I actually went to them. I saw through Twitter that there was going to be a catch wrestling event, and I just jumped on it. I hit up Raul [Ramirez of Catch Wrestling Alliance].

"'Let me fight, let me fight, let me fight! I want to do this! This is awesome!' And I think he was stoked about my enthusiasm, so he put me on the card."

We discussed her training simultaneously in both catch wrestling and MMA, why she would like to continue competing in both sports, the potential for catch wrestling to be revived as a popular spectator sport, her MMA career including how she has developed since her loss in 2013 to Shayna Baszler, her preparations to face Jennifer Thomas, and much more.

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