June 13, 1977|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg)|
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Team||Elite Training Center, CSW, HB Ultimate, Xtreme Couture|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
She began kickboxing at the age of 18 and started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu soon after.
Under the watch of her LA Boxing trainer Sean McCully, Toughill debuted in mixed martial arts on September 27, 1999 and fought to a draw with Irma Verhoeff at World Vale Tudo Championship 9 in Aruba.
Less than a year later, she made her professional boxing debut on July 20, 2000.
Along with her MMA career, Toughill holds a professional boxing record of 7 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest.
Toughill has only one lost before losing her battle against Laila Ali. Her final boxing match was against Laura Ramsey, whom she defeated previously. Toughill's father died three days before her rematch to Laura Ramsey. Toughill lost the fight by TKO in the first round and retired soon after with a record of 7-3-1, 1 NC.
Mixed martial arts career
After going 1-1-1 in her first three bouts, Toughill won five straight fights before losing in the finals of the 2004 Smackgirl World ReMix Tournament to Megumi Yabushita. She competed once more and scored a TKO victory over Jen Case in 2006.
In 2007, Toughill retired from both boxing and MMA. Toughill came out of retirement from MMA and fought Jan Finney on November 20, 2008 at Palace Fighting Championships 11. Despite cutting over 20 pounds (9.1 kg) to make the contracted weight limit, Toughill was victorious and later went on to defeat Karen Williams and Emily Thompson in subsequent events for PFC after a fight with Adrienna Jenkins was cancelled due to injury.
Toughill was set to make her Strikeforce debut on November 7, 2009 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers in a rematch with Marloes Coenen, whom Toughill defeated in 2004. However, she later withdrew from the fight due to an undisclosed medical condition.
On March 18, 2010, Toughill announced that she was planning to leave Strikeforce. She had been scheduled to compete on the undercard of Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17. However, in a second posting on April 9, 2010, Toughill attributed the disagreements with Strikeforce to misunderstandings and stated that she would be staying with the promotion.
Toughill was scheduled to face Shana Olsen at Strikeforce: Houston on August 21, 2010, but the fight was cancelled due to concerns over Toughill's ability to make weight. According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, Toughill's next fight will not take place in Strikeforce, but she remains a part of the promotion's roster.
Toughill was scheduled to compete outside of Strikeforce against China's Bao Yu Dan at Martial Combat 9 on September 15, 2010 in Singapore. However, on September 13, Toughill withdrew from the fight after citing a broken clavicle.
Toughill returned to active competition after nearly two years at Freestyle Cage Fighting 46 on April 9, 2011. The fight was against Ashley Sanchez at a 160 lb (73 kg) catchweight (per Toughill's request). Toughill lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Toughill became a cast member of NBC's primetime series, the American Gladiators, where she became known as Steel.
Erin married Neil Melanson, a grappling coach and lead Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Xtreme Couture, in a private ceremony on November 20, 2009. Melanson also serves as the primary grappling coach for UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and has cornered Couture during several recent MMA fights. The couple is currently going through a divorce.
Toughill's younger sister, Megan, was killed in a car accident on September 19, 2004, which was about three weeks before her title fight with Yvonne Reis.
Toughill was featured on MSNBC's Warrior Nation as she prepared for a fight.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||10 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||10-3-1||Ashley Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 46||April 9, 2011||3||5:00||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||10-2-1||Emily Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||PFC 13: Validation||May 8, 2009||3||3:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||9-2-1||Karen Williams||TKO (punches)||PFC: Best of Both Worlds||February 6, 2009||1||2:06||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||8-2-1||Jan Finney||Decision (unanimous)||PFC 11: All In||November 20, 2008||3||3:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||7-2-1||Jen Case||TKO (punches)||VF - Showdown at Cache Creek II||September 15, 2006||2||2:22||Brooks, California, United States|
|Loss||6-2-1||Megumi Yabushita||DQ (elbows)||Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004||December 19, 2004||1||2:39||Shizuoka, Japan||Open Weight Queen tournament finals.|
|Win||6-1-1||Marloes Coenen||KO (punch)||Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004||December 19, 2004||1||5:00||Shizuoka, Japan||Open Weight Queen tournament semi-finals.|
|Win||5-1-1||Miwako Ishihara||TKO (corner stoppage)||Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004||December 19, 2004||1||0:27||Shizuoka, Japan||Open Weight Queen tournament first round.|
|Win||4-1-1||Miwako Ishihara||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl - Dynamic||September 1, 2002||3||5:00||Shizuoka, Japan|
|Win||3-1-1||Kaoru Ito||Decision (unanimous)||W - Fusion||July 27, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-1-1||Megumi Yabushita||Technical Submission (armbar)||ReMix - Golden Gate 2001||May 3, 2001||2||3:08||Japan|
|Loss||1-1-1||Svetlana Goundarenko||Submission (scarf-hold armlock)||ReMix - World Cup 2000||December 5, 2000||1||2:47||Japan||Open Weight tournament semi-finals.|
|Win||1-0-1||Irina Rodina||Decision (split)||ReMix - World Cup 2000||December 5, 2000||2||5:00||Japan||Open Weight tournament quarter-finals.|
|Draw||0-0-1||Irma Verhoeff||Draw||World Vale Tudo Championship 9||September 27, 1999||1||15:00||Aruba|
|August 31, 2006||Laura Ramsey||TKO (Round 1)||Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States|
|January 27, 2006||Laura Ramsey||Unanimous Decision||The Palladium, Hollywood, California, United States|
|June 11, 2005||Laila Ali||TKO (Round 3)||MCI Center, Washington, DC, United States|
|October 22, 2004||Yvonne Reis||Unanimous Decision||Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota, Florida, United States|
|July 31, 2004||Cassandra Giggler||Unanimous Decision||Sam's Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States|
|November 14, 2003||Kuulei Kupihea||Unanimous Decision||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, United States|
|July 24, 2003||Nicole Connate||Unanimous Decision||Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California, United States|
|June 4, 2002||Jackie Frazier-Lyde||No Contest||The Temple Corps, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|December 6, 2001||Dakota Stone||Draw||Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States|
|October 7, 2000||Veronica Sanchez||Majority Decision||Centennial Garden Arena, Bakersfield, California, United States|
|August 26, 2000||Correena Grizoffi||Unanimous Decision||Selland Arena, Fresno, California, United States|
|July 20, 2000||Elizabeth Rumpf||Unanimous Decision||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States|
- Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under James Boran
- 2001 ReMix Golden Gate Japan Champion
- W-Fusion 2001 Japan Champion
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