Erin Toughill, 25 Costa Mesa, California, USA (5'10"/165lb). Professional boxer, kickboxer, jiu-jitsu artist and "no-hold barred" fighter.
I have been professionally fighting for almost three and a half years. I have been a professional boxer for 2 years and a jiu-jitsu competitor for 5 years. All together I have been studying MA (starting with kickboxing) for 7 and a half years. I plan to have one or two more MMA fights and then return to boxing.
My MMA record is 5-1-1 and my boxing is 2-1-1 with 1 no contest. I have competed in sport Jiu-Jitsu as well. I am the ReMix II Golden Gate champ and am also ranked #5 in the world by the WIBF (women's boxing federation) I am in the top ten in other boxing federations as well. I am in the top five in the world for women’s MMA and most agree that I am # 1 in my weight division. I also hold a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
BJJ Stands for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. NHB means No Holds Barred. Punchout is one of the gyms I work out at - lol. But (as far as I know) it IS NOT a fighting style.
No, not really. Those are just the different names that are used to describe it. MMA, NHB, UFC – Stuff like that.
I have that tape. It's Russia vs. Holland. If you are not allowed to punch to face w/ closed fists it is called PANCRASE. You can only do open hand slapping. I have never had a Pancrase fight. I would not be interested in slapping someone. I like to punch people in the face and I don't mind getting punched back.
"Closed fist" MEANS a fist used in MMA or NHB. PANCRASE is only OPEN HAND (like slapping)
No, I think it is important. I don't mind fighting people much bigger - but it can still be a disadvantage. Another thing was that ReMix had a time limit on the ground. That made it better for the "smaller" competitors. Yabushita COULD have lost if there was no time limit. But you never know...
Sure I was nervous. I don't lie and say that I don't feel worried when I fight. If someone says that – they are either REALLY STUPID or they are not telling the truth. I had some problems when I fought her (Rodina) - mostly w/ the takedowns. I wasn't prepared that well for those fights. I could have done much better. I have all new trainers and have been working on my weaknesses for quite some time now. I used my punching skills A LOT w/ Rodina. Most of the girls in MMA are not great stand up fighters anywise. If I fought her now I would still win - but I would stop her by knocking her out. She is much better Judo than me and is also good on the ground but I am a better all around fighter. I also fought Gundarenko and lost by neck crank. I was nervous for that too - she was really big - lol. But - she is only really good at Judo. That is it, if I fought her again I feel confident I would win.
Really??? It happens all the time. I am not sure how many women have done it - but it happens a lot in men’s MMA. But standup is VERY important in MMA - in my honest opinion.
OK – first of all my MAIN strength is my standup fighting. BUT - I also know a lot of ground. I would not just go into an MMA fight w/ ONLY kickboxing or boxing... BUT are we just talking about 2 OTHER people?? What people don't seem to understand is that JUDO does not have a lot to do w/ MMA as a whole. If a Judoka grabs you will probably be in a lot of trouble from a throw or takedown - but THEN WHAT?? Most Judoka don't do submissions - they pin people. Right? So if a kickboxer can STAY AWAY from them, all she has to do is punch them and kick them and the standup fighter will MOST LIKELY win. Judo is mostly throwing - punches and kicks win fights as well as submissions... so if you asked if a boxer x a BJJ person would win - probably the JIU JITSU person – IF she got an opponent on the ground.
My hardest opponent was a girl I fought in a boxing competition. They told me she had one fight. Yeah right. I got there and found out she had an extensive amateur background in boxing and also in professional. I got a draw w/ her but it was a hard fight. My most memorable MMA fight was my FIRST fight against Irma Verhoeff. They said the same thing about her – that she had one or two fights -- lol. Then I get there and find out she has had A LOT! We fought for ONE 15 minute round and I got a draw w/ her. That was when I didn't even know anything and I did that well. But we are rematching on Jan 11th 2003 in California. I hope to win this one.
It does not matter. I will fight anyone. It is my job.
I first started training so that I could get a good work out and learn self-defense. But then I realized that I was very good at what I was doing and my trainer asked me if I was interested in fighting and I said yes! I just wanna show people that women can be in this sport and do just as well as the men if not better. We can do anything the boys can do!
Stronger? No. But they are probably better kickboxers. The best kickboxers come from the Netherlands but the best BOXERS come from the USA. They have a lot of great gyms out there and that is why many people travel there to train.
I am special in my own way I guess because of what I do. There are not very many women who like this type of sport. Sometimes people get intimidated because of the way that I am built but they usually don't know I am a fighter because I am still very feminine. I don't look like a man or try to be one. I am a woman who loves to look like one but also one who likes to fight! After people talk to me, they realize I am a really nice girl - just don't get on my bad side.
I want to encourage women to get in this sport. We need more GOOD competition. But at the same time this is not a sport for the average girl. You take a lot of punishment (mostly in training) and it is something you have to dedicate your life to if you want to be good at it. For the past three years I have done nothing but train, eat and sleep. It is my life. If it was easy, everyone would do it. If I had a daughter I would definitely put her in martial arts. It is good for discipline and self-defense. All girls need to know some self-defense.
Women are finally realizing that we don't have to have the men lead anymore. We can do WHAT we want WHEN we want. Women need to be able to protect themselves WHEN the men are not around. Women have always had a warrior spirit - but we just didn't know how to let it come out. Women are realizing that we can do anything men can do INCLUDING fighting.
I love to win. I train very hard and when you win it all pays off. You put yourself through a lot for a fight. It is very draining. When people get hurt - that is a part of it. If I have to hurt them to win - I will. That is why I am a fighter.
Women are more emotional than men anywise - of course that will come out in the fighting. Women are definitely not as technical or as strong as men either. But that what makes it so great - we do have these differences but we can still be exciting anywise. I hope the differences stay - men and women ARE different. That's what makes it fun.
What? And men don't have any fury when they compete?? Hahaha. They have an ego too - but a different one than ours. Maybe we are just more competitive than the men. But I don't think it is "fury".
I don't believe in FIGHTING men. Why? There is no point. It is a losing situation either way. I TRAIN w/ men though and they definitely don't go easy on me. They treat me the same as everyone else on the team. Maybe at first they say "Oh this is a girl. What can she do?" But when they roll w/ me or do boxing w/ me they realize VERY QUICKLY that I have the ability to tap them out or knock them out. I am not a woman who hits like a girl - I am a woman who hits like a man. I have great boxing skills and have outboxed a lot of men I have trained w/ Maybe it is because I listen more and dedicate more time to training. I don't know... But I enjoy training w/ the boys. It makes me stronger.
As a whole - No way. But there are some women who can be better athletes than men. But men (as a whole) are stronger, faster, and more technical then women. If there is one girl out there who thinks different - she must not be training w/ good fighters. If I go against a man who is my weight and skill level – I will probably lose. It's just nature that's all...
I don’t really worry about what I look like when I train. If a woman cares about what is going to happen to her face - and she is a fighter...she is in the WRONG sport!
It's all brutal.
LOL That is me! It is quite the opposite though. Some people are SO arrogant that they don't even realize that they are the arrogant ones in the first place. That is the type of girl Marloes is. Nothing really happened - but I have met her a few times and found her to be very full of herself.
No, No, No! Marloes is supposed to be the #1 fighter – so why would I not want to fight her?? It is nothing personal. It is my job.
Yes I get paid and NO I would not fight if I didn't get paid.
Yes - men are physically superior than women. It IS nature. I don't know why women want to be like men. It is weird. All I know is that we can do whatever the guys can do - maybe we are not as strong - but that IS nature. LOL - my boyfriend is my Jiu-Jitsu instructor. He can kick my but in 10 seconds. He is one of the best (American) Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts in the nation. And at 6'2 and 210 lbs. He is pretty scary!
Yes I know about it. Some people just get off on getting beat up I guess. I don't do fetish wrestling or anything else like that. Some people just wanna give up all control and have someone dominate them. It's pretty easy to understand – lol.
I like watching men cause they are more technical. I will watch women ONLY if they are good at what they do. I don’t watch girls fight just because they are girls. If they have some skills - then I will watch. If not - they should go back to the gym and keep training.
I don't know. All I know is that it makes it harder for the girls to be taken seriously in this sport. Sometimes people think I do "foxy boxing" too if I tell them I am a fighter. I laugh and say "Come to my gym and see what I can do". I am a real fighter who trains her ass off! I want to be taken seriously and this makes it harder. But - stuff like this will ALWAYS be around and people have to make money so...
You mean like foxy boxing or naked wrestling? I guess so - but the girls are making A LOT of money off these dumb guys so maybe they don't care about being degraded.
Yes. But I don't like to get in street fights - they are stupid and I feel sorry for the girl that picks a fight w/ me.