Purcell has been involved in fitness and martial arts for over twenty years, She is one of the first women superstars of the sport, with competitive experience in Vale Tudo, submission grappling, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics. Her introduction to MMA came in 1993 during the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship, when she was training alongside some of the first competitors in Huntington Beach. Having taken kickboxing, boxing and JKD, she moved on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and finally Vale Tudo under the famous Marco Ruas, when she says "everything started to make sense".
She is actively involved in supporting women's MMA, having set up Fightergirls.com and the WMAA (Women's Martial Arts Association), along with being a top world-class competitor herself. Her eventual goal is to develop quality competitions on a regular basis for female MMA fighters, as she discusses in a 2004 interview with TheFightGame.tv. Purcell also started "Fightergirls", her own extremely successful women's fitness and MMA apparel line, in which she designs every piece personally.
- First woman to ever compete and win in King of the Cage
- UWM world Title Belt Holder
- Hook-N-Shoot Revolution Winner, 2002
- Headliner on the first ever all women NHB card in US history
- UWM Winner
- Black Belt in Ruas Vale Tudo (only female in the world)
- Black Belt in Taekwondo
- Only female coach in IFL history 
|Loss||Rosi Sexton||Decision (Split)||ShoXC: Suganuma vs. Hamman II||08/15/2008||3||5:00|
|Loss||Hitomi Akano||Decision (Unanimous)||Smackgirl - Advent of Goddess||02/15/2006||2||5:00|
|Win||Nicole Albrect||Decision (Unanimous)||KOTC 17 - San Jacinto||10/19/2002||2||5:00|
|Win||Amy Pitan||TKO||UW - Ultimate Wrestling||06/29/2002||1||N/A|
|Win||Christine Van Fleet||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||HOOKnSHOOT - Revolution||04/13/2002||1||2:42|
|Win||Amber Mosely||TKO||UW - Street Fight Minnesota||09/30/2001||1||N/A|
- ↑ It's Official! Debi Purcell has signed a 3-fight deal with Elite XC. Purcell's first fight with Elite XC on June 27Template:When will be a very exciting bout against Brazil's Carina Damm.
- ↑ Hamman Exacts ShoXC Revenge. SHERDOG.com (2008-08-16). Retrieved on 2010-02-12.
- ↑ Purcell/Assumpcao Marriage Luta Livre + BJJ = Love. Fightergirls.com (2009-07-20). Retrieved on 2009-07-24.
- ↑ Debi Purcell on Gina Carano-I just wish she‘d make weight and fight me.. MMAYOU.com (2008-05-31). Retrieved on 2008-07-17.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Purcell 'Rosy' Fight Will Transpire. SHERDOG.com (2008-08-15). Retrieved on 2010-02-12.
- View Debi Purcell Video Highlights at Subfighter.com
- Official Site
- Debi Purcell IFL Page
- Ironlife Interview, May 2004
- TheFightGame.tv Interview, 2004 (video)
- ADCC Interview, 2004