With everyone celebrating the UFC’s 20th birthday, I thought I would reflect one of the first women to be involved in the UFC.
Although Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche were the first women to clash in the octagon, kickboxer Kathy Long one of the commentators at the first UFC back in 1993.
Known by many nicknames including “Queen of Mean”, “Princess of Pain” and “The Punisher,” Long is an accomplished kickboxer, with a first degree black belt in Aikido and an eighth degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo. She has won five world championships and compiled a record of 18-1.
In addition to her championships, The Punisher is a two-time Black Belt Hall of Famer, an Inside Kung Fu Hall of Famer and a Bob Ellas Kern County Sports Hall of Famer.
Long actually has one MMA fight in her career. The Queen of Mean faced Avery “Psycho” Vilche back in 2009 and would win the fight by decision.
At 49 years old, Long currently trains at TapoutLA Training Center.
Although her kickboxing days are over, it would be interesting to see how she would fair in the octagon if women were allowed to fight in the early UFC shows.
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