She began kickboxing at the age of 18 and started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu soon after.
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.
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.
She competed once more and scored a TKO victory over Jen Case in 2006.
In 2007, Toughill retired from both boxing and MMA.
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.
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. However, she later withdrew from the fight due to an undisclosed medical condition.
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.
|Professional record breakdown|
|15||10 wins||2 losses|
|Win||Emily Thompson||Decision (Unanimous)||PFC 13: Validation||05/08/2009||3||3:00|
|Win||Karen Williams||TKO (Punches)||PFC: Best of Both Worlds||02/06/2009||1||2:06|
|Win||Jan Finney||Decision (Unanimous)||PFC 11 - All In||11/20/2008||3||3:00|
|Win||Jen Case||TKO (Punches)||VF - Showdown at Cache Creek II||9/15/2006||2||2:22|
|Loss||Megumi Yabushita||DQ (Elbows)||Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004||12/19/2004||1||2:39|
|Win||Marloes Coenen||KO (Punch)||Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004||12/19/2004||1||5:00|
|Win||Miwako Ishihara||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Smackgirl - World ReMix 2004||12/19/2004||1||0:27|
|Win||Miwako Ishihara||Decision (Unanimous)||Smackgirl - Dynamic||09/1/2002||3||5:00|
|Win||Kaoru Ito||Decision (Unanimous)||W - Fusion||07/27/2001||3||5:00|
|Win||Megumi Yabushita||Technical Submission (Armbar)||ReMix - Golden Gate 2001||05/3/2001||2||3:08|
|Loss||Svetlana Goundarenko||Submission (Choke)||ReMix - World Cup 2000||12/5/2000||1||2:47|
|Win||Irina Rodina||Decision (Split)||ReMix - World Cup 2000||12/5/2000||2||5:00|
|Draw||Irma Verhoeff||Draw||World Vale Tudo Championship 9||09/27/1999||1||15:00|
- Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under James Boran
- 2001 ReMix Golden Gate Japan Champion
- W-Fusion 2001 Japan Champion
- ↑ Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. MMARising.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
- ↑ Unified Women's Rankings. FighterGirls.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
- ↑ Official Site of Erin Toughill. ErinToughill.com.
- ↑ American Gladiators Bio For Steel. AmericanGladiators.com.
- ↑ Erin Toughill vs. Adrienna Jenkins set for PFC event in February. MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved on January 3, 2009.
- ↑ Toughill vs Coenen For Strikeforce On CBS. MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved on October 10, 2009.
- ↑ Coenen vs Toughill 2 Set For November 7th. MMARising.com. Retrieved on October 10, 2009.
- ↑ Erin Toughill Out Of Fight With Marloes Coenen. MMARising.com. Retrieved on October 28, 2009.
- ↑ Toughill Announces Plans To Leave Strikeforce. MMARising.com. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
- ↑ Just Married: Neil Melanson and Erin Toughill Tie The Knot. FIVEOUNCESOFPAIN.com (2009-11-20). Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
- ↑ Erin Toughill Interview. FighterGirls.com (2009-12-26). Retrieved on 2009-12-31.