Laura D'Auguste

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Laura D'Auguste
Born Long Beach, New York, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Fighting out of Team Tiger Schulmann
Rank 2nd dan black belt in Karate[1]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 9
By knockout 5
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 0
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Laura D'Auguste is an American female mixed martial artist. She initially started practising martial arts to protect herself and her daughter from her husband. She also works as a cardiac nurse.

Biography[edit]

D'Auguste's first experience with martial arts came in April 1996; previously, she had taken ballet and modern dance.[1] Her mother, Anita d'Auguste, signed her up for a Woman's Safe Seminar at Tiger Schulmann's Karate Center, where she learned basic grab escapes and strikes.[2] This came at a difficult time for the unemployed d'Auguste, who had recently left an abusive marriage, taking a 3 year old daughter along with her. Her escape to New York from Arizona had to be planned carefully; her husband had threatened to kill her if she ever left.[3]

D'Auguste had already spent all of her money on child care and nursing school, but knew she needed further self-defence training. Sensei Peter Guzman, an instructor at the school, made an agreement with d'Auguste that she could work off her tuition fees through various chores at the gym; for example, taking calls, mopping the floors and cleaning the locker room. Soon, she was training regularly, eventually earning her 2nd degree black belt and level 2 Joshu.

D'Auguste began competing in MMA in 2000 for the TSK Fight Team, later becoming the top ranked female fighter in the world.[4] Her last fight was a win against Megumi Yabushita at Ring of Combat 11 on November 18, 2006.

Personal life[edit]

Laura got married in 2007.[2]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9-0-1 Megumi Yabushita TKO (corner stoppage) Ring of Combat 11 November 18, 2006 1 5:00 Defended ROC Women's Welterweight Championship
Win 8-0-1 Megumi Yabushita Decision (split) Smackgirl - Dynamic!! August 17, 2005 3 5:00
Win 7-0-1 Tevi Say Submission (rear naked choke) Smackgirl - Dynamic!! August 17, 2005 1 4:11
Win 6-0-1 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 8 March 19, 2005 3 5:00 Defended ROC Women's Welterweight Championship
Win 5-0-1 Christine Jensen TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 7 November 20, 2004 1 4:55 Won ROC Women's Welterweight Championship
Win 4-0-1 Amanda Buckner Submission (rear naked choke) Reality Fighting 7 October 16, 2004 2 3:39 Defended Reality Fighting Women's Welterweight Championship
Draw 3-0-1 Amanda Buckner Draw (majority) Reality Fighting 5 November 1, 2003 2 5:00 For Reality Fighting Women's Welterweight Championship
Win 3-0 Tanya Vlahac TKO (doctor stoppage) Ring of Combat 4 August 15, 2003 3 1:58
Win 2-0 Del Greer TKO (punches) Reality Fighting 3 February 8, 2003 3 2:46 Won Reality Fighting Women's Welterweight Championship
Win 1-0 Shannon Constantine TKO (doctor stoppage) Reality Fighting 2 November 2, 2002 1 7:58

Career[edit]

  • 1st Place Men's Advanced Grappling Division, Challenge of Champions XVII
  • 3rd Place Men's Free Fighting, Challenge of Champions XVII
  • Ring of Combat Women's Welterweight Champion
  • Reality Fighting Women's Welterweight Champion
  • 1st Place in NAGA Women's Advanced Lightweight, Women's Advanced Middleweight and 2nd in Men's Advanced Flyweight.

Footnotes[edit]

1. ^ Interview with Natalie Morales, NBC News, 24 August 2005

2. ^ Interview with Natalie Morales, NBC News, 24 August 2005

3. ^ 'From Victim to Victor', Lisa Muñoz, New York Daily News, 17 April 1993

4. ^ 'Faces in the Crowd', Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella, Sports Illustrated, 12 September 2005

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