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Fredia Gibbs Bio

Fredia “The Cheetah” Gibbs (born July 8, 1963), nicknamed “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World”, is Muay Thai kickboxer. She is a 3 Time World Champion in Kickboxing and the first African American female to hold the world kickboxing championship for the International Sport Karate Association.


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Muay Thai kickboxing career
  • 3 Boxing career
  • 4 Acting and modelling
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early years

Fredia Gibbs was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. She was given the nickname “The Cheetah” at school due to her performance in track events.

After high school, Gibbs attended Temple University in Philadelphia where she was the recipient of two athletic scholarships in basketball and track. She later attended Cabrini College on a basketball scholarship. She was invited to the United States Olympic Training Center located in Colorado Springs to try out for the women's United States women's national basketball team, but was cut during the second tryouts. Gibbs was selected Kodak All American for three consecutive years for basketball at Cabrini College where she majored in Marketing. She later went on to play professional basketball in Germany, averaging almost 30 points, 15 rebounds & 10 assist a season. Chester High School named their track team "Chester's Cheetahs" after Gibbs.

Muay Thai kickboxing career

In 1990, after moving to North Hollywood, California, Gibbs took up kickboxing under the instruction of Rubin Urquidez, David Krapes & Bangkok’s Master Sur Puk & Saekson Janjira of Muay Thai Academy of North Hollywood. Her Muay Thai manager was Felice Levair & her publicist was William Peele of Los Angeles, Ca. She had previously studied martial arts under the instruction of Master Rick Berri, Nick Nichols, and her Uncle William Groce in Chester, Pennsylvania.

She amassed a kickboxing record of 16-0-1 with 15 KO’s. Gibbs' only draw came from an exhibition fight with a male opponent. She beat Valerie Henin in "The Battle of the Masters" PPV show to win the ISKA World Championship in April 1994; this made Gibbs the first African American female to hold the world kickboxing championship for the International Sport Karate Association.

Boxing career

In 1997, Gibbs moved on to the world of professional boxing, in which she achieved a record of 9-2-1 (2 K0). After taking a brief break from boxing, Gibbs returned to the ring in 2001 for a fight against Susan Howard at the Hollywood Park Casino, which she won by decision; later that year she fought Sumya Anani to a draw, a result which left the WIBA World title vacant. In a subsequent rematch, Anani won by TKO.

Acting and modelling

Gibbs has also worked as an actress and a sports model for Sebastian International Sports Department. She has been featured in magazines including Jet, Sports Illustrated for Women, and Black Belt Magazine. In 2001, Gibbs played in-the-ring villain Tanya “Terminator” Tessario in the film Knockout. In 1996, she had a cameo in an episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

See also

  • List of female mixed martial artists

External links

  • Personal website

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