Debi Purcell

About Debi Purcell

Debi Purcell always gives 200%. Whether she’s fighting, or running fightergirls.com the biggest female fight website on the planet, or designing her own successful apparel line, Purcell’s keen business acumen and innate physical talent shine through. Often referred to as “the pioneer of women’s MMA,” her impact is surely a powerful one.

Purcell grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. From the age of 6-13, she studied gymnastics, competing and excelling against some of the best in her class. Although she had a strong future in the sport, she quit. Becoming a teenager for Purcell brought a lot of rebellion, frustration and anger. A blessing in disguise, it was this negativity that propelled her into the world of martial arts. She could express herself and vent her teen angst. In turn, Purcell learned discipline, structure and focus – essentials to being the best you can be. Her formal introduction to MMA came in 1993 during the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship. Purcell was training alongside some of the first competitors in Huntington Beach. Always determined, Purcell subsidized her costly training by studying and obtaining a license in HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning). To this day, DC’s Mechanical, Inc. (co-owned by Purcell) is a thriving business.

Purcell pursues with perseverance. After making her mark in TkD and earning a black belt, she took her training to a whole other level; a level that was rather rare for women at the time. She found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and legendary trainer Marco Ruas. An “Ultimate Fighting Championships” veteran, Ruas took Purcell under his wing, teaching her the fighting styles of Vale Tudo (Portuguese for “anything goes”). This Brazilian discipline combines the styles of boxing, wrestling, submission grappling, Muay Thai kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu. Learning the technical aspects of the discipline was enough to keep Purcell challenged and coming back for more. From this, Debi “Whiplash” Purcell was born. Her dedication earned her a black belt. “Everything started to make sense in my life,” says Purcell. After winning her first few matches, she convinced the promoter of an all-male MMA event to let her compete. That event was “King of the Cage.” Purcell was the first woman to ever compete in a “King of the Cage” promotion and win. Numerous victories and titles have been following ever since.

Purcell is a strong vocal advocate of women’s MMA and the founder of FighterGirls.com, the largest web site in MMA catering to women in the sport. Although Debi found her place on her all male Brazilian Ruas Vale Tudo team and was honored as being the only female coach for the IFL, Purcell will always seek to establish quality, meaningful competitions for female MMA fighters around the world.

Purcell is active even in her downtime – playing golf, backpacking and scuba diving. She loves to shop and calls herself a ‘clothes freak.’ Her love of fashion prompted her to create Fightergirls Fight Wear, workout clothing for the female martial artist. Women from around the world are fans of her hip, feminine and sporty collection.

Learn more at www.debipurcell.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FightergirlDebi.

Debi Purcell (queen of the cage) fight career headlined fighter for the first all women's MMA card in Evansville Indiana Hook n shoot for Jeff Osborn. Debi influence help to talk Jeff into having an all women's card and lead to more women on his shows and the future of women's MMA. Debi also after years talked Terry owner of King of the cage into having women fighters on his show also Debi was the worlds first woman fighter to be on King of the cage fight promotion. I feel that Debi's struggles were more for the women to be on fight cards than her own career as a fighter she did go on to fight in more shows but I think her biggest accomplishment was the Fighter girls website for all women and fans to come talk, meet, and interviews to bring social media and knowledge to the world that females do fight. The Fighter girls website was the original and worlds first site for just women and girls who love the sport but were not welcomed back in the day! Since 2001 Fighter girls women's MMA website still is up and running free to all that want history and current women's MMA news free of advertisement and pop ups! Debi Purcell although retired from women's pro MMA still continues to fight for women's right in the cage and other ways! Debi is a true pioneer of the sport and although her name was never announced on the UFC she still is a proud person for what she has done to make women's MMA what it is today! Thank you Debi Purcell for all your hard work! By women's MMA fight fan #Fightergirls Debi Purcell was born and raised in Huntington Beach CA and started martial arts at a young age! Later becoming a women's pro MMA fighter and her nick name was whiplash others also refer to her as Ms Fightergirl because of being the founder of www.Fightergirls.com The worlds first MMA website for women and the worlds first women's MMA clothing line and brand Fighter girls. Although Debi retired from pro fighting she still loves all those active in the sport and sponsors fighters and gyms. Debi also likes to donate her time and money to different organizations to help out those that are in need! Fight like a girl at the Fighter girls store! #msfightergirl Fight girl Girl Fight

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