Shawna ‘Bam Bam’ Ormsby: Hungry for another win at KOTC – New Frontier

“Experience means nothing when you’re getting punched in the face.. .” – SHAWNA ‘Bam Bam’ ORMSBY

By: Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)


SHAWNA “Bam Bam’ ORMSBY: Hungry for another win at KING OF THE CAGE


(Queen MMA Media) – Shawna ‘Bam Bam’ Ormsby is set to fight Melissa ‘Magic’ Karagianis Saturday October 13, 2018 under the KOTC promotional banner in Hanover, Maryland.  Karagianis is a former King of the Cage atomweight champion looking to get back on the winning track.

It began years ago for Shawna Ormsby when a friend who trained in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu jitsu got her watching Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate on TUF.

I had no idea women did this and seeing their hard work and dedication being put in is what drew me to the sport,” explained Ormsby.  “I respected it so much.  I knew I wanted to work my way into the cage and ring.

Shawna “Bam Bam” Ormsby started training at the age of twenty-one years old and took her first fight only two months later.

I only did tae kwon do for about a year when I was younger,” explained Shawna.

In a five year span of time Shawna achieved three amateur titles in kickboxing and muay thai, a International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association world title, a International Kickboxing Federation world title, a WSDKA state title, and a few gold’s in NAGA Gi and Nogi competitions.  Her accolades clearly document she is not new to combat sports and hosts an expanding skill set.  Ormsby is currently a purple belt in jiu jitsu under Professor Rinaldo Santos a fifth degree black belt under Carlson Gracie.

Shawna brings a Brazilian jiu jitsu and muay thai style along with a 1 – 0 professional record into the cage.  The twenty-six year old atomweight  fights out of Orlando, Florida and will be looking for another win under the King of the Cage promotional banner.  Shawna made her pro debut with KOTC back in April of this year, a unanimous decision victory over Kelly Vilarino.

Shawna acquired six fights of experience as an amateur inside the MMA cage, facing notable competition including the WMMA atomweight prospect Lindsey Vanzandt, who in early September fought under the Invicta Fighting Championships banner.  As an amateur Ormsby has fought under numerous promotional banners including KOTC, Valor Fights, and the WCFC before turning pro.

Ormsby points out that one of the highest moments of her MMA career was being signed by King of the Cage promotions, one of the oldest organizations in the sport.

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King of the Cage President alongside Professional Atomweight Shawna ‘Bam Bam’ Ormsby

“I fought at their world amateur championship to win a contract.  I lost my fight to an extremely tough opponent but because of my performance the president of the company personally gave me a contract right after the show,” explained Shawna.  “He saw something in me and I am forever grateful!”

MMA Journalist Tommy V. of QUEEN MMA MEDIA caught up with ‘Bam Bam’ Ormsby for a few quick questions.

Tommy V. – What made you decide to turn professional?

SHAWNA ORMSBY – “Since the day I started training with my coach Joe Caballero. Almost five years ago our ultimate goal was to become pro.  I said that’s what I want.  I love training and learning.  The fact that we get to travel all over the world and meet people who have the same crazy passion as us makes it the best job in the world.  Fighting has changed me so much.  I couldn’t imagine giving this sport up.  I’m no quitter and if I say I’m gonna do something I will stop at nothing to achieve it no matter the battles between.”

Tommy V. – How would you describe yourself as a fighter?

SHAWNA ORMSBY – “I would call myself an unpredictable fighter.  I go into fights and they think oh she’s tiny I’ll run right through her, then they feel my power.  They’ll think I’m just a jiu jitsu fighter then I leave giant hematomas on their face.  Then they think I have no jiu jitsu and I snatch something crazy.  I’ve adapted my body to do whatever I want it to do.  You’ll always see a brand new ‘Bam Bam’ every fight.

Tommy V. – Where do you gain your or look for your inspiration and motivation?

SHAWNA ORMSBY – “My inspiration and motivation first is my family but especially my baby nephew.  He idols me and copies everything I do so I need to be a good figure for him.  My other inspirations are my clients.  I train young girls as young as five, young boys to older women and men.  They get so excited to see my hard work in the cage and they trust me to train them.  That makes me work one thousand times harder than obsessing over a world championship.”

Tommy V. – Melissa Karagianis is a former KOTC atomweight champion and has a considerable amount of professional experience, how do you see this fight playing out?

SHAWNA ORMSBY – “Experience means nothing when you’re getting punched in the face.  I have a total of thirty fights amateur kickboxing, mauy thai, and MMA.  My heart for the game will overpower her and I will dominate.

Tommy V. – In my opinion a strong victory over Karagianis would put you at the doorstep of the KOTC atomweight championship strap.

SHAWNA ORMSBY – “Once I’ve beaten Melissa I’m looking to take on Andy Nguyen right after.  If the KOTC wants to see me take the belt after we will give them the thumps up.”

Shawna ‘Bam Bam’ Ormsby is a fighter you do not want to underestimate.  She has a well rounded fight game and is continuously evolving.  It would seem there is no doubt Ormsby is a hungry fighter on a mission in the atomweight division.

SHAWNA ORMSBY – “Huge shout out first to my coach Joe Caballero for putting up with me these past five years and many more!  A huge thank you and love to all my sponsors who’ve made this all possible for me; Cryonext Integrative Healthcare, Price Boxing, Red Eye Sports Tavern, Hurricane Bingo, Urban Stylez, Fighter Alias, Stefanos Trattoria, Trade Web, Tiger Tail, Aggressive Design, and my future sponsors!  A big thank you to American Top Team Orlando with Professor Paul Rodriguez and his wife Caroline for allowing us to use their gym for training during this fight camp.  I can’t forget my Carlson Gracie family at Carlson Gracie Central Florida and my Carlson Gracie family all over the world.  TEAM BAM BAM IS TAKING OVER!”

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