Q & A With LFC (Lingerie Fighting Championship) Pro Debut Fighter Karmen “Cherry Bomb” Moon
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to catch up with LFC (Lingerie Fighting Championship) undefeated fighter Karmen “Cherry Bomb” Moon. Karmen is involved with so many things in her life, but she holds fighting near and dear to her heart. Let’s pull up a seat and see what’s going on in her life and when she will be making her professional debut.
Nick: What does it mean (to you) to be a fighter?
Karmen: I love it! Seriously, I fight my battles every day whether it be my health or the industry. Those suck. MMA is wonderful. You get in shape, you relieve stress, you learn to kick ass, and with the LFC you look hot doing it too.
Nick: At what age did you begin your training in martial arts?
Karmen: Your not supposed to ask a lady her age, but I would say about 7 or 8 years ago.
Nick: While your base is kickboxing you also train in krav maga and wrestling. Do you take part in any other disciplines?
Karmen: I’ve fallen in love with Krav Maga so I continue to dive deep into that. I also train in boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, self-defense, knife training, and I’ve started learning some Taekwondo and Jiu-Jitsu.
Nick: What is your amateur MMA record?
Karmen: Undefeated at 2 wins and 0 losses.
Nick: What gym do you do your training camps with? How long have you been with them?
Karmen: I train all over the place. I first started with Tarani Training Combative MMA and they were such a great place to start this journey. The family has years of experience in combative MMA (many disciplines) and instructors had trained secret army troops and the CIA. They have even created their own combat knife the curved Karambit. They also push you hard to your limits. And giving up is not an option. Now I train at a few different MMA gyms around the Boston area and have a friend who’s an ex-pro wrestler who helps train me in that. Then I do my own stuff like yoga, hiking, etc. I’m not really a gym rat though. I can’t just go there and workout or walk on a treadmill. I need a mission. It must be in my fighters blood.
Nick: You have been given the nickname Cherry Bomb. Who gave it to you and why?
Karmen: I’ve been called that for awhile for a few different reasons. First is obvious, I’ve got red hair. I like to think a cherry bomb looks so cute and innocent, but then BAM it’ll blow up in your face. That’s more of why it’s my fight nickname.
Nick: You have had a successful career as a model for Inked, Playboy, and several other organizations. You also were the host of Model Behavior. What made you decide to also begin a career in MMA?
Karmen: Yeah I’ve done all that and more. Even did some acting in some tv series, but MMA kind of came as a surprise. I had been training in it and loving it. Then I saw something for the LFC and was like hmm. I basically live in lingerie and I fight. This was made for me. So then Shaun from the LFC and I connected. I was signed and a hobby turned into something way more awesome than I could’ve ever imagined.
Nick: Is it difficult to go from a model mindset to combat sports mindset?
Karmen: Not at all. I think I’m probably always in combat mode.
Nick: With so many opportunities going on will you continue to model and fight or is the plan to transition to MMA completely?
Karmen: As of now I like being well rounded. I fight with LFC, I am still currently modeling, I’m acting, I’m the spokesmodel for some brands, I’ve even written a food column that got published in magazines. I never could be put into one box and I never will.
Nick: LFC signed you to make your professional MMA debut which was put on hold due to a sparring related injury. When can we expect to make your debut?
Karmen: Yes I was so bummed about that because I’m dying to get back in the cage. I don’t even care who I’m fighting so plan on seeing me back soon. I’m out of the recovery stage now and just starting light training. When I come back it will be with a vengeance!
Nick: Do you have any opponent in mind you would like to debut against?
Karmen: Not really but if we ever to do a tag team match I think me and Cali Cat would make a great combo.
Nick: LFC is by far one of the most controversial fight promotions out there. Did you have any hesitation to join into that controversy?
Karmen: Not at all my life is controversy
Karmen would like to thank all of her friends and family for their support. She would also like to use her platform to try and bring more awareness to POTS Syndrome and Sjogrens Disease (both of which she has). I just think that if people educate instead of discriminate against things they know nothing about, the world would be a better place
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