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Debi Purcell Bio

Deborah Ann Purcell is a retired American female mixed martial artist. She was formerly an assistant coach to the Southern California Condors of the International Fight League.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Accomplishments
  • 4 Mixed martial arts record
  • 5 Outside MMA
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life

Purcell was involved in cheerleading, dance and competitive gymnastics throughout her early teens. She later quit gymnastics and took up Martial Arts. At the age of 17, she was introduced to Tae Kwon Do and this later introduced her to kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

She is actively involved in supporting women's MMA, having set up Fightergirls.com and the WMAA (Women's Martial Arts Association), along with being a world-class competitor herself. Purcell also started Fightergirls, her own extremely successful women's fitness and MMA apparel line, in which she designs every piece personally.

Purcell signed a three-fight deal with Elite XC. Her first fight was against Rosi Sexton at ShoXC: Suganuma vs. Hamman II on August 15, 2008. Purcell lost the fight by Split Decision.

Purcell currently fights for women to be on the UFC and also women rights

Personal life

Debi married Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter Ronald Assumpcao on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also gained a stepson named Gustavo.

Accomplishments

  • First woman to headline the worlds first female MMA card HOOKnSHOOT
  • First woman to ever compete and win in King of the Cage
  • "Ultimate Wrestling" world Title Belt Holder
  • Hook-N-Shoot Revolution Winner, 2002
  • Headliner on the first ever all-women No Holds Barred (NHB) card in United States history
  • "Ultimate Wrestling" Minnesota Winner and champion belt holder
  • Black Belt in Ruas Vale Tudo (only female in the world)
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Only female coach in IFL history
  • Current CEO of www.fightergirls.com the worlds first female mixed martial arts website and store founded in May 2001
  • One of the first pioneers for Women's MMA
  • Built the first and original women's MMA website Fightergirls.com
  • Original founder of all women's mma clothing and gear

Mixed martial arts record

Outside MMA

Purcell appeared on the fourth season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club as a guest trainer. She also appeared on an episode of The Montel Williams Show in September 2007.

Purcell has a HVAC license and owns and runs an air-conditioning business. She also owns a clothing design store called Purpur Hollywood Aprons, which specializes in vintage aprons.

See also

  • List of female mixed martial artists

External links

  • Fightergirls.com
  • Official Site
  • View Debi Purcell Video Highlights at Subfighter.com
  • Debi Purcell Awakening Profile
  • Professional MMA record for Debi Purcell from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata
  • Ironlife Interview, May 2004
  • TheFightGame.tv Interview, 2004 (video)
  • ADCC Interview, 2004

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