Our MMA expert and writer Paul Jacob asked MMA fighter Amberlynn Orr some questions about her background in MMA, her plans for the future and more!
Thanks for taking some time out of your schedule to answer some questions for us. We know how limited your time is right now with your pro debut on the horizon, so we really appreciate it. Please can you tell us a bit about your background and who or what inspired you to get into fighting?
I started in MMA in 2010 after a co-worker at a gym that I managed invited me to Fisher’s Bang Gym in my home town. It was a completely different kind of work out from what I was used to and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the discipline and intensity. I went to my first MMA fights a few months after because some of the guys from the gym were fighting and I was inspired by all the training they put in and then seeing the results of that in action. Not long after, I started training to fight. Fighting is the best way I can test myself in what I know and what I can do.
You are making you pro debut, do you feel under more pressure than previous camps or is it more exciting this time?
Making my professional debut is exciting for sure! Making it at Invicta 16 is indescribable but this is what I have been working towards. It is all just kind of surreal. I am not really under any more pressure because my fight camps are always intense. I guess if I am feeling any additional pressure it is because of the all the extra promotion, getting all of my medicals done, and all of the other things that I am adding to my already full schedule.
At Invicta 16 you are going to fight “Killer” Kelly McGill, the fact that both of you seem to enjoy finishing excites me as a fan, how do you see the fight going?
How do I see the fight going? That is an easy question. I see it going in my favor and my hand being raised in the end, lol. Honestly, I don’t focus too much how or where the fight goes. I am an opportunistic fighter and when I see a hole, a weakness, or an opening, I try to capitalize on it. I learned in my first fight to not focus on the details such as getting a knock out and all that. If you focus too much on the fight going a certain way, you miss opportunities.
With you Amateur background you have more combat experience than Kelly despite her two pro fights; do you feel that your experience will play a part?
I do see my cage experience as a definite advantage. I took my time in my amateur career and ended it with an 11-1 fight record with my only loss being my first fight. Even though I have had zero fights as a professional, I have had 12 fights to Kelly’s five, I think. I have become very comfortable in the cage.
I know that when you were scheduled to fight Jen Pomante, you said that you don’t like to focus on your opponent’s skills; you’d rather focus on your own camp, is that still true now that you’ve turned pro?
As an amateur, it was really tough to get opponents. V3 Fights, the promotion that I most often fought for even flew girls in from different places so that I could test my skills against some of the toughest ammys out there. There were never any faces, really, or a pool of potential fighters. When I first signed with Invicta FC, I caught myself looking at all of these bantamweights and wondering about their skill sets. It took a fast second to realize that I was giving attention to that rather than doing things the way I always have. I quickly regained focus and I am sticking with what has always worked for me.
Though Kelly’s last fight was a decision victory, she does have two finishes and has fought previously at 145, are you at all worried by her power?
I really don’t focus on my opponents. I have fought some really strong women and I train with only men who don’t give me a girl pass, so I am fine. I also have a couple of finishes myself.
You are currently fighting at Bantamweight but I see you have fought at Flyweight previously, do you see any future for you at 125 or are solely focused on 135?
I am only focused on fighting at Bantamweight. I went through the police academy a couple of years ago and really added a lot of muscle so fighting at 125 would be a real tough cut for me.
Who is your dream opponent and why?
My dream opponent is anyone who is standing in the way of what I want.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Or where do you hope to be?
In five years I will be 28 and I would like to be at the top of the bantamweight division and looking forward to getting married, starting a family, and opening my own gym.
Being that this is your first pro fight, a lot of fans aren’t going to know much about you, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
I would tell fans that really don’t know much about me that they can get to know me at facebook.com/alotormentfightergirl. I try to engage and acknowledge as many people as I can and I love being able to share what’s going on in my career as well as getting their feedback. I am working my tail off to achieve my goals and make some awesome memories. I am just thankful that so many people want to be a part of that.
Quick Fire Questions
McGregor or dos Anjos? Now we are talking McGregor vs Diaz…so I go with McGregor
Holm or Tate? Tough question
Jedrzejczyk or Gadelha? Jedrzejczyk
Hamasaki or Brown? Brown
Favourite Fighter of all time? GSP
Weirdest Moment in your career?
I guess the weirdest moment in my career was almost being choked out by Auttumn Norton. She had it in deep. I ended up getting my nose broken in that fight but came back to win by submission with the same choke that almost finished me.
And finally, do you FeelTheTip?!
Lol, I don’t even know how to respond to that
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