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Erin Toughill

Erin Young Toughill (born June 13, 1977) is a mixed martial artist and former boxer.

She began kickboxing at the age of 18 and started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu soon after.

Under the watch of her LA Boxing trainer Sean McCully, Toughill debuted in mixed martial arts on September 27, 1999 and fought to a draw with Irma Verhoeff at World Vale Tudo Championship 9 in Aruba.

Less than a year later, she made her professional boxing debut on July 20, 2000.

Along with her MMA career, Toughill holds a professional boxing record of 8 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest.

She counts IBF Super Middleweight contender Librado Andrade, a long-time sparring partner, among her close friends.

Toughill is currently the #2-ranked 145-pound female fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[1][2]

Boxing careerEdit

Though she reigned undefeated through her first nine fights, Toughill is most famous in boxing for her battle with Laila Ali, which Ali won by TKO in the third round.

Her final boxing match was against Laura Ramsey. Toughill lost the fight by TKO in the first round and retired soon after with a record of 8-2-1, 1 NC.

MMA careerEdit

After going 1-1-1 in her first three bouts, Toughill won five straight fights before losing in the finals of the 2004 Smackgirl World ReMix Tournament to Megumi Yabushita.

She competed once more and scored a TKO victory over Jen Case in 2006.

In 2007, Toughill retired from both boxing and MMA.[3]

She later appeared as "Steel" on the second season of the American Gladiators remake.[4]

Toughill came out of retirement from MMA and fought Jan Finney on November 20, 2008 at Palace Fighting Championships 11.

Despite cutting over 20 pounds to make the contracted weight limit, Toughill was victorious and later went on to defeat Karen Williams and Emily Thompson in subsequent events for PFC after a fight with Adrienna Jenkins was cancelled due to injury.[5]


Toughill was set to make her Strikeforce debut on November 7, 2009 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers in a rematch with Marloes Coenen, whom Toughill defeated in 2004.[6][7] However, she later withdrew from the fight due to an undisclosed medical condition.[8]

On March 18, 2010, Toughill announced that she was planning to leave Strikeforce. She had been scheduled to compete on the undercard of Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Erin married Neil Melanson, a grappling coach and lead Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Xtreme Couture, in a private ceremony on November 20, 2009. Melanson also serves as the primary grappling coach for UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and has cornered Couture during several recent MMA fights.[10][11]

MMA RecordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win United States flag Emily Thompson Decision (Unanimous) PFC 13: Validation 05/08/2009 3 3:00
Win United States flag Karen Williams TKO (Punches) PFC: Best of Both Worlds 02/06/2009 1 2:06
Win United States flag Jan Finney Decision (Unanimous) PFC 11 - All In 11/20/2008 3 3:00
Win United States flag Jen Case TKO (Punches) VF - Showdown at Cache Creek II 9/15/2006 2 2:22
Loss Japan flag Megumi Yabushita DQ (Elbows) Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004 12/19/2004 1 2:39
Win Netherlands flag Marloes Coenen KO (Punch) Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004 12/19/2004 1 5:00
Win Japan flag Miwako Ishihara TKO (Corner Stoppage) Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004 12/19/2004 1 0:27
Win Japan flag Miwako Ishihara Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Dynamic 09/1/2002 3 5:00
Win Japan flag Kaoru Ito Decision (Unanimous) W - Fusion 07/27/2001 3 5:00
Win Japan flag Megumi Yabushita Technical Submission (Armbar) ReMix - Golden Gate 2001 05/3/2001 2 3:08
Loss Russia flag Svetlana Goundarenko Submission (Choke) ReMix - World Cup 2000 12/5/2000 1 2:47
Win Russia flag Irina Rodina Decision (Split) ReMix - World Cup 2000 12/5/2000 2 5:00
Draw Netherlands flag Irma Verhoeff Draw World Vale Tudo Championship 9 09/27/1999 1 15:00

Boxing RecordEdit

Date Opponent Result Location
August 31, 2006 Laura Ramsey TKO (Round 1) Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States
January 27, 2006 Laura Ramsey Unanimous Decision The Palladium, Hollywood, California, United States
June 11, 2005 Laila Ali TKO (Round 3) MCI Center, Washington, DC, United States
October 22, 2004 Yvonne Reis Unanimous Decision Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota, Florida, United States
July 31, 2004 Cassandra Giger Unanimous Decision Sams Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
November 14, 2003 Kuulei Kupihea Unanimous Decision Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, United States
July 24, 2003 Nicole Conant Unanimous Decision Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California, United States
June 4, 2002 Jackie Frazier-Lyde No Contest The Temple Corps, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
December 6, 2001 Dakota Stone Draw Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States
October 7, 2000 Veronica Sanchez Majority Decision Centennial Garden Arena, Bakersfield, California, United States
August 26, 2000 Correena Grizoffi Unanimous Decision Selland Arena, Fresno, California, United States
July 20, 2000 Elizabeth Rumpf Unanimous Decision Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States


  • Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under James Boran
  • 2001 ReMix Golden Gate Japan Champion
  • W-Fusion 2001 Japan Champion


  1. Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  2. Unified Women's Rankings. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  3. Official Site of Erin Toughill.
  4. American Gladiators Bio For Steel.
  5. Erin Toughill vs. Adrienna Jenkins set for PFC event in February. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved on January 3, 2009.
  6. Toughill vs Coenen For Strikeforce On CBS. Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved on October 10, 2009.
  7. Coenen vs Toughill 2 Set For November 7th. Retrieved on October 10, 2009.
  8. Erin Toughill Out Of Fight With Marloes Coenen. Retrieved on October 28, 2009.
  9. Toughill Announces Plans To Leave Strikeforce. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  10. Just Married: Neil Melanson and Erin Toughill Tie The Knot. (2009-11-20). Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
  11. Erin Toughill Interview. (2009-12-26). Retrieved on 2009-12-31.

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