Kathy Long

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Kathy Long
Kathy Long in 2012
Born (1964-04-21) April 21, 1964 (age 59)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Other namesThe Punisher, Queen of Mean, Princess of Pain
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
StyleKickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out ofLos Angeles, California
TeamMillennia MMA
Rank  8th Dan Black Belt in Kung Fu
  1st Dan Black Belt in Aikido
Professional boxing record
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By decision2
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kathy Long (born April 21, 1964) is an American kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and actress.[1][2] She has held various kickboxing championships, including two KICK World Kickboxing titles and the WKA and ISKA world titles.

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 wins 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 three-fight career in professional boxing between March and June 1998. She took two four-round decisions over Sandra Yard and lost a four-round decision to Lena Akesson retiring from boxing with a career record of two wins and one defeat - all four-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 six-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)
Kickboxing record 18 wins (6 KOs), 1 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
1992-04-00 Win Canada Nora Daigle Decision (Unanimous) 8 2:00
1992-03-16 Win Japan Kyoko Miyasaki Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00
Won the WMAC World title.
1991-00-00 Win United States Ramona Gatto USA Points
1990-08-06 Win United States Denise Taylor Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 12 2:00 13-1
Won the KICK World Bantamweight title.
1990-02-03 Loss United Kingdom Lisa Howarth Muay Thai event London, England Points 3 3:00 12-1
1990-00-00 Win United States Bonnie Canino France Points 12 2:00
Won the WKA Featherweight World title.
1989-00-00 Win France Danielle Roccard Points 9 2:00
1989-00-00 Win United States Denise Taylor USA Decision (Unanimous) 6 2:00
1989-00-00 Win United States Pixie Elmore USA Decision (Split) 7 2:00 9-0
Won the North American Kickboxing Bantamweight title.
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts 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

Professional boxing record[edit]

3 fights 2 wins 1 loss
By decision 2 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
3 Win 2–1 United States Sandra Yard SD 4 26 June 1998 United States Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US
2 Loss 1–1 Sweden Lena Åkesson UD 4 31 March 1998 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, US
1 Win 1–0 United States Sandra Yard UD 4 10 March 1998 United States National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, US




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1993 Street Justice Lisa J. Hansen Episode: "Desperate"
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Officer Jane Cousins Episode: "Deep Cover"
2017 Martial Arts: Mind and Body - -

Miscellaneous crews[edit]

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