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Having a power meal with ... Debi Purcell

Having a power meal with Debi Purcell

Originally Published: August 16, 2011
By Sharon Liao

Debi Purcell was supposed to be a gymnast. Although she excelled in the sport as a kid, she traded in her leotard for a taekwondo uniform as a teen. "Martial arts helped me vent my teenage anger and angst," Purcell said, laughing. Before long, she was also practicing Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and training on UFC champion Marcos Ruas' all-male team. "When we sparred, those guys treated me as an equal," she said.

Purcell began persuading mixed-martial arts promoters to ...

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