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4/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
Skinner pursuing MMA payoff
Fighter has sacrificed in preparing for his second fight
Brian Skinner
Brian Skinner

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter

KINGMAN - Brian Skinner will find out if the diet, the blood and the sweat pay off Saturday night when he steps into the cage for his second professional Mixed Martial Arts fight at the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin.

Skinner will be looking to improve his pro record to 2-0 when he faces Dustin Chevalier of Las Vegas in the 155-pound weight class of the World Fighting Championships.

"I'm expecting an all-out war with this kid. He likes to come forward the whole time in the fight," Skinner said. "If anything, I'm more ready for this fight than I was for the last fight. I only had so much time to train for that last fight and I'm confident in my five minute runs now."

Skinner made his pro debut in January and won in the second round. Since then, he has been training locally with Jamie Point, Krys Ruesch and Shannon Reid, who will be fighting Nicole Sontag of Utah Saturday in the 135-pound weight class of the amateur ranks.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity - I love the local crowd. I definitely want to display my skillset," said Reid, who is being sponsored by Liquid Chicken. "I'm excited to perform and I want to put on a show."

Part of the training that both Skinner and Reid do includes a diet of "clean foods" such as organic foods, fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods.

Skinner even quit his job to devote more time to train. He gets a $500 payout to show and an additional $250 if he gets a knockout.

"I've been training five to six days a week - I really took it serious," he said. "I trained like a pro and I'm not going to overlook this kid at all."

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the bouts beginning at 8. Skinner is expected to be the 14th fight on the pro card. Reid will be the sixth and final fight on the amateur card.

For Skinner, each new fight brings lessons learned - the most recent being to remain calm.

"Being calm leads to success as a fighter," Skinner said. "Just keeping your nerves in check and going in there calm and not overlooking the kid at all. The last kid, we were, 'He's alright,' but when we got in there, he went down and we just had to adjust to it."

After Saturday's fight, Skinner plans to take six months off before his next fight as he and his wife prepare to have a baby. At the same time, he will be bouncing around to different gyms, picking up pointers on how to be a better fighter.

"I like to do a building block and there is a certain part of the building blocks where you take six months for those building blocks to be ready," Skinner said. "I'm going to learn so much from this kid. He's from a big gym. There are going to be guys that are well-known in his corner and it's going to be an all-around exciting experience."

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