Debi Purcell

Debi Purcell
Born Deborah Ann Purcell
Huntington Beach, California,
United States
Other names Whiplash
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Style Vale Tudo
Fighting out of Laguna Niguel, California
Team Ruas Vale Tudo
Mixed martial arts record
Total 6
Wins 4
By knockout 2
By submission 1
Losses 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Deborah Ann Purcell[1] is an American female mixed martial artist. She was formerly an assistant coach to the Southern California Condors of the International Fight League.


Early life

Purcell was involved in cheerleading, dance and competitive gymnastics throughout her early teens. She later quit gymnastics and become involved with drugs.[2] At the age of 17, she was introduced to Tae Kwon Do and this later introduced her to kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[2]

She is actively involved in supporting women's MMA, having set up and the WMAA (Women's Martial Arts Association), along with being a world-class competitor herself.[3] Purcell also started Fightergirls, her own extremely successful women's fitness and MMA apparel line, in which she designs every piece personally.[2]

Purcell signed a three-fight deal with Elite XC.[4] Her first fight was against Rosi Sexton at ShoXC: Suganuma vs. Hamman II on August 15, 2008. Purcell lost the fight by Split Decision.[5]

Personal life

Debi married Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter Ronald Assumpcao on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[6] She also gained a stepson named Gustavo.[7]


  • First woman to ever compete and win in King of the Cage[8]
  • "Ultimate Wrestling" world Title Belt Holder[2]
  • Hook-N-Shoot Revolution Winner, 2002[2]
  • Headliner on the first ever all-women No Holds Barred (NHB) card in United States history[3]
  • "Ultimate Wrestling" Minnesota Winner[2]
  • Black Belt in Ruas Vale Tudo (only female in the world)
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Only female coach in IFL history[8]

Outside MMA

Purcell appeared on the fourth season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club as a guest trainer.[9] She also appeared on an episode of The Montel Williams Show in September 2007.[3]

Purcell has a HVAC license and owns and runs an air-conditioning business.[2] She also owns a clothing design store called Purpur Hollywood Aprons, which specializes in vintage aprons.[3]


  1. ^ "Marriage Record". 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "MMA woman takes her fight to Irvine". 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Debi Purcell FighterGirls Founder". 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Debi Purcell Signs With Elite XC". 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  5. ^ "Hamman Exacts ShoXC Revenge". 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Purcell/Assumpcao Marriage Luta Livre + BJJ = Love". 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Debi Purcell on Gina Carano - "I just wish she'd make weight and fight me."". 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-07-17. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Purcell 'Rosy' Fight Will Transpire". 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Debi Purcell to Appear on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club"". 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 

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