Debi Purcell

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Debi Purcell
Born Deborah Ann Purcell
Huntington Beach, California,
United States
Other names Whiplash
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Fighting out of Laguna Niguel, California
Team Ruas Vale Tudo
Rank Black Belt in Ruas Vale Tudo
Black Belt in Taekwondo
Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 6
Wins 4
By knockout 2
By submission 1
Losses 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Deborah Ann Purcell[2] is a retired American female mixed martial artist. She was formerly an assistant coach to the Southern California Condors of the International Fight League.

Early life[edit]

Purcell was involved in cheerleading, dance and competitive gymnastics throughout her early teens. She later quit gymnastics and took up Martial Arts.[3] At the age of 17, she was introduced to Tae Kwon Do and this later introduced her to kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[3]

She is actively involved in supporting women's MMA, having set up and the WMAA (Women's Martial Arts Association), along with being a world-class competitor herself.[4] Purcell also started Fightergirls, her own extremely successful women's fitness and MMA apparel line, in which she designs every piece personally.[3]

Purcell signed a three-fight deal with Elite XC.[5] Her first fight was against Rosi Sexton at ShoXC: Suganuma vs. Hamman II on August 15, 2008. Purcell lost the fight by Split Decision.[6]

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

Personal life[edit]

Debi married Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter Ronald Assumpcao on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[7] She also gained a stepson named Gustavo.[8]


  • First woman to headline the worlds first female MMA card HOOKnSHOOT[9]
  • First woman to ever compete and win in King of the Cage[10]
  • "Ultimate Wrestling" world Title Belt Holder[3]
  • Hook-N-Shoot Revolution Winner, 2002[3]
  • Headliner on the first ever all-women No Holds Barred (NHB) card in United States history[4]
  • "Ultimate Wrestling" Minnesota Winner and champion belt holder[3]
  • Black Belt in Ruas Vale Tudo (only female in the world)
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Only female coach in IFL history[10]
  • Current CEO of 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
  • Original founder of all women's mma clothing and gear

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 4-2 Rosi Sexton Decision (Split) ShoXC: Hamman vs. Suganuma 2 August 15, 2008 3 3:00 Friant, California
Loss 4-1 Hitomi Akano Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Advent of Goddess February 15, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-0 Nicole Albrect Decision (Unanimous) KOTC 17 - Nuclear Explosion October 19, 2002 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California
Win 3-0 Amy Pitan TKO (Punches) UW - Ultimate Wrestling June 29, 2002 1 1:41 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Win 2-0 Christine Van Fleet Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) HOOKnSHOOT - Revolution April 13, 2002 1 2:42 Evansville, Indiana
Win 1-0 Amber Mosely TKO (Punches) UW - Street Fight Minnesota September 30, 2001 1 1:16 Saint Paul, Minnesota

Outside MMA[edit]

Purcell appeared on the fourth season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club as a guest trainer.[11] She also appeared on an episode of The Montel Williams Show in September 2007.[4]

Purcell has a HVAC license and owns and runs an air-conditioning business.[3] She also owns a clothing design store called Purpur Hollywood Aprons, which specializes in vintage aprons.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Debi Purcell Awakening Profile". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Marriage Record". 2011-05-14. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "MMA woman takes her fight to Irvine". 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Debi Purcell FighterGirls Founder". 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Debi Purcell Signs With Elite XC". 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Hamman Exacts ShoXC Revenge". 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  7. ^ "Purcell/Assumpcao Marriage Luta Livre + BJJ = Love". 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Debi Purcell on Gina Carano - "I just wish she'd make weight and fight me."". 2008-05-31. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  9. ^ L.A. Jennings. "She's a Knockout!: A History of Women in Fighting Sports". p. 134. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  10. ^ a b "Purcell 'Rosy' Fight Will Transpire". 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  11. ^ "Debi Purcell to Appear on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club"". 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 

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