UFC fighter and Shreveport native returns to cage this Saturday at UFC Busan

"Danger" is his middle name

  • Joel Rodgers
  • Photo via Matt "Danger" Schnell's Twitter page

One of Shreveport’s favorite (and most handsome) sons returns to the cage this Saturday at UFC Busan.

Captain Shreve graduate Matt “Danger” Schnell is an American mixed martial arts fighter from Shreveport. He fights for the UFC and is the former flyweight champion of the Legacy Fighting Alliance. As of October 28, 2019, he is #9 in the UFC flyweight rankings.

Danger fights this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie. The upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that is planned to take place on December 21, 2019 at Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea.

Back in August, Schnell faced Jordan Espinosa at UFC on ESPN 5. He won the fight via a triangle choke submission in the first round. The win also earned Schnell his first Performance of the Night bonus award.

His professional fight record is 14-4. He’s won his last four UFC fights, and looks to make it five in a row come Saturday.

Schnell will face Alexandre Pantoja on December 21, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 23.

In 2012, Schnell was one of the young MMA fighters featured in Caged – a 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 to later fight professionally.


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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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