Kathy Long

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Kathy Long
Kathy Long.jpg
Kathy Long in 2012
Born (1964-04-21) April 21, 1964 (age 56)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Other namesThe Punisher, Queen of Mean, Princess of Pain
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Fighting out ofLos Angeles, California
TeamMillennia MMA Gym
Rank  8th dan Black belt in Kung Fu San Soo
  1st dan Black belt in Aikido
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kathy Long (born April 21, 1964) is an American retired five time world kickboxing champion and mixed martial arts fighter.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Long was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and was raised in Sunny Mead, California. Later, she moved to Bakersfield where she trained in martial arts under Eric Nolan, who was her manager and trainer throughout her kickboxing career.[citation needed]


Long is a practitioner of the martial arts. She began her training in the Japanese art of Aikido, eventually earning a black belt in the system. Long would go on to earn a black belt in Chinese Kung Fu San Soo, eventually reaching the level of master in the style. She would train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the Machado family, as well as in Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Kali, and Wing Chun Kung Fu.[3]

Long has appeared in numerous movies, and was Michelle Pfeiffer's stunt double in Batman Returns.[4]

In the 1990s, Long was inducted into several sports halls of fame. These would include the Bob Elias' Sports Hall of Fame, Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame ("Female of the Year"), and the Black Belt Magazine Black Belt Hall of Fame (1991 "Women of the Year"). She has appeared on the cover of 35 magazines.[5] Between 1994 and 1998, Long authored a monthly column in Black Belt Magazine.[3]

Long became a professional kickboxer, and one of the top female fighters in the sport's history. She compiled an 18–1 record, winning five world titles in the process, and earning several nicknames including the "Queen of Mean", "Princess of Pain", and "The Punisher".[5]

Some of her ring career highlights include wins over Ramona Gatto, Bonnie Canino, Japanese star Kyoko "Kamikaze" Miyazaki, French champion Dani Rocard, Canadian champion Nora Daigle and two defeats over Denise Taylor. Her only loss as a professional kickboxer came in a Muay Thai match with Britain's Lisa Howarth at Pickett's Lock near London in February 1990.[5][6][7]

Kathy had a brief 3-fight career in professional boxing between March and June 1998. She took two 4-round decisions over Sandra Yard and lost a 4-round decision to Lena Akesson retiring from boxing with a career record of 2 wins and one defeat - all 4-rounders, all by decisions.

Long provided commentary at the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event.[8] On August 15, 2009, almost 16 years after she provided commentary for the very first Ultimate Fighting Championship, Long made her MMA debut defeating fighter Avery Vilche by decision at "Call to Arms" promotions Called Out event in Ontario, California.

In preparation for her debut Long trained with Betiss Mansouri and Romie Aram at Millennia MMA, Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell at the Hayastan Academy, Ahmad Reese and Lisa Twight of Gym Jones, Javier Vazquez at Universal Martial Arts Center, and with Muay Thai and strength conditioning coach Maria Morales.[9]

On August 22, 2015, after a 6-year hiatus from MMA, Long returned to MMA competition at age 51. She fought under the Ascension Muay Thai and Kickboxing promotion in Tijuana, Mexico against Mexican fighter Mixia Medina and won the fight by decision. She is now (2-0).

Long currently teaches at Tapout in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Long currently lives in Los Angeles.[1]

Titles and honors[edit]

Hall of Fames[edit]

  • Black Belt Hall of Fame (1991 Woman of the Year)
  • Black Belt Hall of Fame (1992 Full Contact Fighter of the Year)
  • Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame (1992 Female of the Year)
  • Bob Ellas Kern County Sports Hall of Fame (1996)


  • 2x KICK World Kickboxing Champion
  • 1x WKA World Kickboxing Champion
  • 1x ISKA World Kickboxing Champion
  • 1x WMAC World Kickboxing Champion

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing and Muay Thai record (incomplete)

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

MMA record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 2 wins 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2-0 Mexico Mixia Medina Decision (unanimous) Ascension Muay Thai and Kickboxing August 22, 2015 3 3:00 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 1-0 United States Avery Vilche Decision (unanimous) Called Out MMA 1 August 15, 2009 3 3:00 Ontario, California, United States




  • Martial Arts: Mind and Body (TV) - Episode: ... (2017) as ...
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) - Episode: Deep Cover (1995) as Officer Jane Cousins
  • Street Justice (TV) - Episode: Desperate (1993) as Lisa J Hansen

Miscellaneous crew[edit]

Title Year Notes
Relentless Justice 2015 (fight coordinator)
Natural Born Killers 1994 (stunts - uncredited)
Batman Returns 1992 (stunt double: Michelle Pfeiffer - uncredited) / (stunts)
Summer's End 1985 (Short) (production assistant)


  1. ^ a b USA Dojo >> Kathy Long Biography URL accessed on October 7, 2010, Archived from the original on August 16, 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Miller, Davis (August 23, 1992). "MOVIES The Next Action Hero? Kathy Long is a champion kickboxer whose movie moves remind some of Norris and Van Damme". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  3. ^ a b Long, Kathy (2000). "Beyond Technique". Black Belt. 38 (10): 120–122.
  4. ^ Coleman, Jim (1992). "Kathy Long is Catwoman". Black Belt. 30 (8): 24–26.
  5. ^ a b c "Kathy Long Profile". International Kickboxing Federation. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Kathy Long vs Lisa Howarth Part One Accessed on October 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Kathy Long vs Lisa Howarth Part Two URL accessed on October 7, 2010.
  8. ^ Gentry, III, Clyde (2005). No Holds Barred: Ultimate Fighting and the Martial Arts Revolution. Milo Books. ISBN 978-1-903854-30-3.
  9. ^ Convicted Artist >> Kathy Long Profile URL accessed on October 7, 2010

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