Matt Schnell

Matthew Christopher Schnell[5] (born January 15, 1990) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Flyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Schnell formerly competed for Legacy Fighting Alliance, where he is a former Legacy Fighting Alliance Flyweight Champion. As of June 27, 2022, he is #8 in the UFC flyweight rankings.[6]

Matt Schnell
BornMatthew Christopher Schnell
(1990-01-15) January 15, 1990 (age 32)
Amory, Mississippi, United States
ResidenceShreveport, Louisiana, United States
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach72+12 in (184 cm)
Fighting out ofShreveport, Louisiana, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team (2014–2017)[1]
Combat Sports Academy (2017–present)[2]
American Kickboxing Academy (2017–present)[3]
RankBlack belt in Karate[4]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission9
By decision4
By disqualification1
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit


In 2012, Schnell was one of the young MMA fighters featured in Caged - an MTV reality television series. The show focused on four prospective MMA fighters in small-town Louisiana. Schnell was one of the two fighters on the show, alongside Tony Kelley, to later fight professionally.[7]

Legacy Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Schnell joined Legacy Fighting Championship in 2012 and went 9–2 in various promotions before joining the cast of The Ultimate Fighter, season 24.

The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of ChampionsEdit

On May 11, 2016, the UFC announced that the 16 contestants for The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions would be flyweight champion fighters from various organizations around the world, with the winner being expected to have a chance to fight for the flyweight title against Demetrious Johnson. Schnell was announced as part of the cast in July and selected for Team Cejudo.[8]

In the first round on the show, Schnell seeded at #6 faced #11 Matt Rizzo and defeated him in the second round via a triangle choke submission. Schnell advanced to the quarterfinals and faced #3 seed Tim Elliott. He lost the fight via first-round submission due to a bulldog choke.[9]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

After his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Schnell was chosen as one of the cast mates to get a contract. Schnell fought Rob Font in the bantamweight division at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[10]

Schnell returned to the flyweight division and faced Hector Sandoval on April 22, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[11]

Schnell next fought on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216 against Marco Beltrán. He won the fight by unanimous decision.[12]

Schnell faced Naoki Inoue on June 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 132.[13] He won the fight via split decision.[14]

Schnell faced Louis Smolka in a bantamweight bout on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 146.[15] He won the fight via a triangle choke submission in the first round.[16]

As the first fight of his new, four-fight contract, Schnell faced Jordan Espinosa on August 3, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 5.[1][17] He won the fight via a triangle choke submission in the first round.[18] The win also earned Schnell his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[19]

Schnell faced Alexandre Pantoja on December 21, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 165.[20] He lost the fight via first-round knockout.[21]

Schnell was expected to face Tyson Nam on September 12, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 183.[22] However, Schnell was removed from the fight on the day of the event's weigh-in for health issues related to his weight cut. As a result, the fight was cancelled.[23] The bout with Nam was first rescheduled to UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal, on December 19, 2020, and then to UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny, on January 20, 2021.[24] He won the bout by split decision.[25]

As the first fight of his new multi-fight contract, Schnell was scheduled to meet Alex Perez May 15, 2021 at UFC 262.[26][27] However, Perez pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Rogério Bontorin.[28] At the weigh ins, Bontorin weighed in at 137 pounds, 1 pound over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and Bontorin was fined 20% of his individual purse, which went to Schnell.[29] Schnell lost the bout via unanimous decision.[30]

The bout with Perez was rescheduled and was expected to take place on August 28, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze.[31] However, for undisclosed reason the bout was moved to UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till.[32] However, the bout was yet again postponed for unknown reasons to UFC 269.[33] At the weigh-ins Alex Perez weighed in at 126.25 pounds, a quarter-pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit. Shortly after the weigh-ins, officials had announced that the bout had been cancelled due Schnell was forced to withdraw from the event due to a medical issue.[34] The pair was rescheduled to UFC 271 on February 12, 2022.[35] At weigh-ins, Perez came in at 128 pounds and did not attempt to try again, resulting in Matt Schnell refusing to take the catchweight bout and the bout being scrapped.[36]

Schnell faced Brandon Royval on May 7, 2022 at UFC 274.[37] He lost the back-and-forth fight via a guillotine choke submission in the first round.[38] The fight also won both men the Fight of the Night bonus award.[39]

Schnell faced Su Mudaerji on July 16, 2022 at UFC on ABC 3.[40] After getting hit and wobbled by multiple flush punches and elbow strikes Schnell gain top position and came back to win the bout via technical submission with a triangle choke in the second round.[41] This win earned both fighters the Fight of the Night bonus award.[42]

Schnell is scheduled to face Matheus Nicolau on December 3, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 215.[43]

Personal lifeEdit

Schnell and his wife Morgan have a daughter (born 2020).[44]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 16 wins 6 losses
By knockout 2 3
By submission 9 2
By decision 4 1
By disqualification 1 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–6 (1) Su Mudaerji Technical Submission (triangle choke) UFC on ABC: Ortega vs. Rodríguez July 16, 2022 2 4:24 Elmont, New York, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 15–6 (1) Brandon Royval Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 274 May 7, 2022 1 2:14 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Fight of the Night.
NC 15–5 (1) Rogério Bontorin NC (overturned) UFC 262 May 15, 2021 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Bantamweight bout; Bontorin missed weight (137 lb). Originally a unanimous decision win for Bontorin; overturned after he tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide.
Win 15–5 Tyson Nam Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny January 20, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 14–5 Alexandre Pantoja KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie December 21, 2019 1 4:17 Busan, South Korea
Win 14–4 Jordan Espinosa Submission (triangle choke) UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler August 3, 2019 1 1:23 Newark, New Jersey, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–4 Louis Smolka Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 1 3:18 Wichita, Kansas, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 12–4 Naoki Inoue Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 11–4 Marco Beltrán Decision (unanimous) UFC 216 October 7, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–4 Hector Sandoval KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 1 4:24 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Return to Flyweight.
Loss 10–3 Rob Font KO (knee and punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 2016 1 3:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 10–2 Klayton Mai Submission (armbar) Legacy FC 52 March 25, 2016 1 2:14 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Won the interim Legacy FC Flyweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Jonathan Martinez DQ (illegal knee) Legacy FC 49 December 4, 2015 2 2:21 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Win 8–2 Vanderlei Carvalho Leite KO (punches) Legacy FC 42 June 26, 2015 1 0:19 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 7–2 Albert Tapia Submission (armbar) Legacy FC: Legacy Kickboxing 2 May 29, 2015 2 3:19 Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Win 6–2 Chris Myers Submission (guillotine choke) Caged Warrior Championship 6 February 21, 2015 1 0:17 Houma, Louisiana, United States
Win 5–2 Thomas Coleman Submission (inverted triangle choke) Summit FC 10 November 22, 2014 1 N/A Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Win 4–2 Latral Perdue KO (punch) GFA 27: The Stage September 19, 2014 1 N/A Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Loss 3–2 Klayton Mai Submission (guillotine choke) Legacy FC 32 June 20, 2014 2 1:24 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Win 3–1 Roger Reyes Submission (guillotine choke) WFC 17: Battle at the Belle January 25, 2014 1 1:26 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Loss 2–1 Elias Garcia Decision (majority) Legacy FC 20 May 31, 2013 3 5:00 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Marcus Dupar Submission (armbar) Legacy FC 15 November 16, 2012 1 1:06 Houston, Texas, United States,
Win 1–0 Ryan Hollis Decision (split) Legacy FC 14 September 14, 2012 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States, Flyweight debut.


Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Tim Elliott Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions November 16, 2016 1 3:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 24 Quarter-final round
Win 1–0 Matt Rizzo Submission (triangle choke) October 5, 2016 2 2:04 TUF 24 Round of 16

*Date given is the air date of the episode. The actual dates of the fight are not released by the UFC

See alsoEdit


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