Matt 'Danger' Schnell talks about MTV show 'Caged'

Mon, Jan 9

Sitting at his home just outside Shreveport, La., Matt "Danger" Schnell will be dividing his time Monday night watching television.

On ESPN, it's the BCS National Championship Game between his home state LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

And at 10 p.m. on MTV, it's the premiere of the reality show "Caged," a show that documents Schnell and his buddies trying to make it out of their town and into the pro ranks of mixed martial arts.

"First off, go Tigers!," said Schnell, who started training in MMA in high school and is 11-2 as an amateur. "It's going to be a surreal moment tonight."

As with most reality shows, Schnell understood that cameras would be focusing on every aspect of his life for the weekly series, flaws and all. Schnell quit his job and moved in with his troubled mom to focus on his career.

"I know who I am. People know who I am. They have no doubt and appreciate me for me," Schnell said. "I know that there will be people who don't like what I have to say. But I feel comfortable about that and will move forward. We knew what we were getting into when we signed on with the show."

And in these small Louisiana towns, Schnell and his friends -- fighters Daniel Payne, Wes Branch and Tony Kelley -- are already stars.

"It's strange but in our neck of the woods, we always had this little support group," Schnell said. "But there is still a lot of work ahead of us. My goal has always been to make it to the UFC. I am taking my training seriously. And, again, go Tigers."