Pam "Bam" Sorenson is a 5-0 amatuer Mixed Martial Artist out of The Cellar Gym in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pam is one of the contenders on the Tuff N Uff / Invicta Featherweight Tournament (145lb). The winner of this tournament will earn themselves a professional contract with Invicta Fighting Championships. Pam began her MMA training late 2012 and has shown us all that she means business when she steps in the cage; Pam has stopped all her opponents in the early rounds except for one decision victory, and her only 'blemish' is a 3-round Draw – earning her attention over at Tuff N Uff, the longest running and largest Amateur MMA promotion in the world! We've had the opportunity to discuss Pam's life, career, and future with our Q&A session and we hope you enjoy learning more about this Fighter on the Rise!
Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)
I grew up in Blaine, Minnesota and still live there now. I had a pretty normal childhood, I have one older brother who’s 2 years older than me.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
Yes, I started playing soccer when I was in preschool and continued until just before I graduated from high school. I also played volleyball for a few years, before I decided to dedicate more time to cross-country skiing. My senior year in high school I actually made all-state in skiing, and continued to compete at a high level for a few years after I graduated.
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
I used to go to a lake up north with my grandparents in the summers and we’d go fishing, swimming, tubing and all sorts of other fun stuff. I remember always looking forward to the summers for that reason!
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
I think my older brother is where I got my “toughness” from. He’s much bigger than me and was a wrestler in high school. I got to be his guinea pig for all his new wrestling moves (lucky me!).
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved?
I always tried to stay in shape, but in early 2012 I had a lot going on in my personal life and kind of let myself go. I went from being around 155 pounds and healthy to being about 210 pounds and just unhappy. I wanted to try something new, and kickboxing sounded like fun, so I googled local kickboxing gyms and a couple days later tried a class out at the gym I’m still training out of, The Cellar Gym. I really fell in love with kickboxing and when a Drysdale black belt arrived the summer of 2012 I decided to try BJJ out as well. A couple months after that I competed in my first grappling tournament and decided shortly thereafter I ultimately wanted to compete in MMA!
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
I originally started in kickboxing. After years of cross country skiing and training for marathons, I was excited to find a new challenging way to work out!
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
It was shortly after I started competing in grappling tournaments. I love competing and wanted to challenge myself further and thought MMA would be the perfect thing!
When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what went through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?
I won my first fight in the spring of 2013 by first round TKO. I don’t think anything was really going through my mind, once I got in there I forgot about the audience and tuned everything out – including my coach (he wasn’t very happy about that!).
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
3 things I’ve learned… Never give up – I spent my first few months of BJJ getting smashed and was tempted to give up, but I didn’t – a decision I’ve never regretted.
Be yourself – a lot of MMA fighters think they have to put on a tough guy persona. I’ve found it’s way more beneficial to be my quirky self!
Trust my coaches!!! So often the things I hate working on are the things I need to work on the most! Sometimes I need to really shut my mouth and just do as I’m told!!
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
I fight out of The Cellar Gym in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
I’m 5-0-1 as an ammy and I fight at 135 or 145
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
Pam ‘Bam’ Sorenson. I honestly have no idea where it came from, someone at the gym started calling me Pam Bam, and it just kind of stuck!
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
Right now, I would love to spend more time working on my wrestling. It’s so hard to find good training partners close to my size on a regular basis.
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
First time cutting weight… It was not a pleasant experience for me, or my buddy helping me out! I tried to push him out of the way so I could get out of the sauna. I had no clue what I had gotten myself into!
Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?
I fought a very tough Brazilian girl out in BC, Canada. I watched her fight videos and thought taking her down and working would be no problem. Little did I know she was a Judo black belt who competes for Brazil’s national Judo team! I clinched with her and went flying through the air in the first round and I didn’t know what hit me. I definitely learned in MMA you have to be willing and able to change up the game plan that night!
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
Be prepared to work hard if you want to do well. Don’t let anyone discourage you, there’s lots of people who will look at you like you’re crazy for wanting to get in the cage. If it’s something you want to do, you just have to go for it!
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
Right now my biggest supporter is the gym I train at, The Cellar Gym. They’ve helped me out so much, and the owners have gone way beyond just giving me a place to train.
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
I am planning on turning pro in the near future and would love to be a part of Invicta FC, or even one day the UFC.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
I think it’s headed in the right direction, especially women’s mma. People are starting to realize a lot of women really have a lot of talent, and don’t watch expecting it to be a ud wrestling match anymore.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
I wish more people would appreciate the ground game – other than ground and pound. I hate having people yelling to stand the fighters up simply because they don’t understand what’s going on.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Hopefully still fighting. I haven’t really gotten much further than that!
CANDY!!! More specifically – sour patch watermelons!!
Favorite type of Music:
Jaws (poor guys was just misunderstood)
Favorite TV Show:
Big Bang Theory
“Steel sharpens steel”
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
No, I am undecided about whether or not I want any
Best day of your life:
I’m drawing a blank, here!
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:
Hmmm… I am one of the least interesting people I know, other than having an interesting choice in sports!
Any kind of working out; hot yoga, running, sports, hanging out with my niece, walking my dogs
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Superman!! He’s awesome! I dressed up as Superman for the marathon I ran last month and even made the nightly news because of it!
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