An Exclusive Interview With KOTC Atomweight Jayme Hinshaw


By: Nick Portella

Good day fight fans! Today we will sit down with King of the Cage atomweight Jayme Hinshaw. Jayme recently signed a six-fight deal with King of the Cage has plans on making her way through the ranks in search of a championship. Let’s ask Jayme some questions and get to know her a little bit better:


Nick:  What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?

Jayme:  It’s just life. I’ve been fighting my whole life now I just have training behind it. I love it.


Nick:  At what age did you begin to train martial arts?

Jayme:  I began to train MMA when I was 23 or 24 years old.


Nick:  What belts do you have and in what disciplines?

Jayme:  Currently I have no belts as of right now, working on it.


Nick:  With only four amateur fights under your belt, why did you decide to go to the professional level so quickly?

Jayme:  Yes, I only had four amateur fights before I turned pro.  I kept having fights pull out and wasn’t active for a whole year. I just wanted to get back in that cage ASAP and if that meant to go pro I was all for it.


Nick:  How long have you been with FIT NHB?

Jayme:  I’ve been with FIT NHB since day one that will always be my home. I’ve never trained anywhere else and don’t plan to.  They are the ones who seen what I am capable of and work and continue to work with me and make me be the best fighter I can be if I apply myself.


Nick:  Do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?

Jayme:  I don’t have a preference I’ll keep the fight on the ground or standing up. I  don’t want to be a one-dimensional fighter.


Nick:  What is your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?

Jayme:  I don’t have a favorite submission or strike. I’ll take whatever they give me.


Nick:  People talk about the next generation of fighters all the time.  Do you feel that you represent that in some ways?  Do you feel any pressure to represent that next generation?

Jayme:  Yes, I feel I am a part of the next generation of fighters but I don’t feel any pressure to represent it. I just go out there and do me.


Nick:  With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority.  What methods of cutting weight do you use?  How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight?  Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?

Jayme:  Yes, cutting weight safely is always a priority. I don’t like to gain too much weight after a fight. I walk around out of fight camp between 115 to 120 lbs. I  usually diet to 113 – 110 and cut the rest in water weight the week of weigh-ins. I’ve never had a bad cut so no, I don’t think it affects my strength or anything.


Nick:  What are your thoughts on the USADA banning fighters for non-controlled substances?

Jayme:  I don’t see anything wrong with it. We are fighters it’s a job so I’m fine with it.


Nick:  February 16, 2017, you faced off against Bi Nguyen at King of the Cage as the main event.  It was a controversial decision loss for you.  Some say that you should have got the win for that fight, myself included.  How do you feel about the decision?  Do you belive you won that fight?

Jayme:  There is a lot of confusion with my fight against Bi Nguyen, we didn’t main event. I felt it was a close fight. I thought I had two rounds and she had one. I wasn’t really happy with my performance. I know what I’m capable of and I know that I can do a lot better. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles during this short notice fight camp that a lot of people would have pulled out. I won’t get into any details. I don’t want to make any excuses. I wasn’t going to let any of that stop me from fighting it’s what I love to do.


Nick:  Do you have any plans to try and get signed in the UFC, Invicta, or Bellator at some point in your career?

Jayme:  I had signed a six-fight contract with King Of The Cage before I fought Bi Nguyen. I’m happy with the organization — I am with they seem to see the potential in us atomweights. They are the only organization that’s putting us atomweights in the spotlight that we deserve and I’m loving it.


Nick:  Most fighters get branded a nickname at some point in time.  Do you have one?  If so who gave it to you?  Why?

Jayme:  Yes, most Fighters have a nickname and I have yet to get one.  


Nick:  You understand that marketing is important in this sport.  What tips would you give young up and coming fighters on the balance of presenting yourself based on beauty vs. brawn or skill alone?

Jayme:  Yes, marketing is very important.  You have to get your name out there so you can have more opportunities.  The more they know of you, the more they want to see you. In this day and age, I believe you have to use what you got because your skills won’t always speak for itself. If you are marketable you’ll have more opportunities.  Beauty sells. So for all you up and coming fighters get your name out there using social media and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way.


Nick:  What is next for you in the fight world?  I know your fans are eager to know.

Jayme:  I’m staying busy actually.  I have a fight on the 8th of April.  Make sure to check out my like page (Jayme Hinshaw MMA)on Facebook to be updated on everything to do with my fight career.


Nick:  If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?  Why?

Jayme:  At the moment I don’t have a name for a dream fight I just want to get that belt and whoever has it when the time comes I’m game to fight. I know what my goals are and where I want to be and that’s at the top. I just want to be the best I can be. I’ll take whoever they put in front of me.


Jayme made it very clear that she would like to thank her coaches at FIT NHB, her teammates the New Mexico WildBunch, her sponsors and most of all everyone who supported her and her fans.  She can not thank you all enough.

Nick’s Take: I for one can’t wait to see Jayme back in the cage doing her thing.  She is a badass chick who I enjoyed talking with.  Keep an eye out for her in the cage and social media.

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