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Mixed martial arts has been the perfect outlet for Melissa Schiro.
The Minnesota fighter had been in many scraps outside of the cage. Of course, those fights often left her feeling guilty. Now, she can beat people up and not feel bad about it.
Schiro is 1-0 in her amateur MMA career. She's set to step back into the cage July 23 during a Brutaal event at Epic in Minneapolis.
Schiro is coming off of an exhibition loss (the fight was shortened and wasn't official, so it does not appear on her record) to veteran Kelly Kobold. This time she'll return to the amateur ranks against newcomer Christina Jobe of Mankato.
We caught up Schiro before her morning workout at Ambition.
Thanks for the time Melissa. Right off the bat, what do you know about Christina Jobe?
SCHIRO: I know it's her first fight, and she doesn't have much of a background in anything. All the sudden she says she wants to be one of the toughtest MMA fighters. I've seen pictures of her. I know what she looks like. But that's about it.
You're 1-0. What can you tell us about your first fight?
SCHIRO: I was pretty nervous. I just went in and punched her, I guess. I mounted her and ground-and-pounded her for, gosh, it had to be like 30 punches. It was pretty cool. There was nothing to it. It was a pretty cool experience.
Promoter Nick Gamst said at the time he figured it would be a one-time fight for you and that you weren't serious about it. Now you are. What changed?
SCHIRO: Yeah, they were asking me if I wanted to fight, and I like to work out anyway, so I wanted to keep in