Since Real Fighter explored women’s MMA just a few short months ago, the sport woke from its nap and went on a rampage. Gina Carano and Julie Kedzie battled on Showtime, Erin Toughill was profiled on MSNBC’s “Warrior Nation” and BodogFight featured Tara LaRosa and Amanda Buckner in the best fight in the history of women’s MMA.
Debi Purcell is one fighter who has been popping up everywhere. The only place Purcell hasn’t been seen lately is in the ring. Plagued by bad luck and swamped with her duties as assistant coach to the IFL’s California Condors, Purcell is working hard to find a vehicle to show off her skills.
“The IFL told me they want me to fight, but there is no date and no contract. They want to put me in against a top-level opponent, someone like Amanda [Buckner] or Roxanne [Modafferi],” says Purcell, who is also exploring options with BodogFight.
Purcell recently lost several months training for the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships. As an invitee, she was scratched from her weight class just one week before the event.
“I am grateful I got invited,” she says. “I didn’t do much to deserve it, so I am not that bitter. I just wish I hadn’t trained for six months to do it.”
Purcell remains busy with the IFL, as well as managing fighters and designing her own line of fightwear called Alpha Female. But her heart still belongs to the cage.
“If I felt that I wasn’t still at the top of my game, I would give it up,” says Purcell, who is 4-1 in MMA. “I think right now my biggest downfall is that I haven’t fought enough. I need to get in the ring.”
For more on Debi Purcell, be sure to check out www.fightergirls.com.
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