8/14/2009 2:45pm, #1
UFC 1 commentator Kathy "ThePunisher" Long making her professional MMA Debut tomorrow
UFC 1 Commentator Kathy Long Making Her Professional MMA Debut Saturday August 15, 2009
The promotion hosting the event is Call Out MMA and it is taking place at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Call Out MMA: Call To Arms II has put together a pretty decent card with some recognizable names. The headlining bout will feature veteran Thomas “Wildman” Denny against Joe Cronin, Rumble In The Cage champion. Wander Braga faces off Gabe 'Gozilla' Ruediger in a lightweight match. Now it can be expected that someone would postulate that Gabe's nickname came from his voracious eating habits, but that would just be too easy. Daniel Puder, from WWE notoriety faces Mychal Clark. Mike Dolce faces ex-TUF contestant/ex-UFC fighter Roman Mitichyan.
Actress and five time kickboxing champion Kathy Long has found success in kickboxing since the early 90's. (WKA, KICK (x2), ISKA, and WMAC World Kickboxing Champion) With a 23-1-1 record in kickboxing Kathy is no doubt experienced standing up. As we all know to succeed in mixed martial arts you need a larger skill set than just kickboxing, so to round out her game she has been training at Millennia Jiu-Jitsu with Romie Aram, Javier "Showtime" Vazquez and Manny Tapia for the last year. Kathy states, "I saw this as an opportunity to help push and support women’s MMA and help gain more notoriety for it.”
The Called Out MMA's website poster says Kathy Long is making her MMA debut, but does not mention who her opponent is. Don't think they giving Kathy a easy victory, her opponent is no slouch at all. Avery "Psycho" Vilche wrestled in college, also was Golden Gloves Champion (amateur boxing), and an IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) Bantamweight champion. You can check out her blog here http://eskimowarrior.blogspot.com/ where she makes quite an interesting story as well leading up to this match up.
Tickets to the show can be found at Called Out MMA's website and it is also streamed online.
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8/14/2009 3:10pm, #2
I was a fan of Kathy back in the day, but I can't help but think she is past her prime to step into the ring now...
8/14/2009 3:29pm, #3
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- May 2002
Kathy has real skills. Anyone know how old she is now?
8/14/2009 6:11pm, #4
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- Oct 2007
- somewhere... over the rainbow
According to wiki, 45.
8/15/2009 7:48am, #5
In this case I'm sure past her prime is still pretty fucking good.
8/15/2009 12:29pm, #6
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- Dec 2006
Well a 45 year old fighter is in my opinion the last year a senior, seasoned fighter should be doing this. I do hope Ms Long is in shape and ready for this, she's definitely a tough girl.
8/17/2009 11:10am, #7
8/17/2009 1:08pm, #8
Long won via Unanimous Decision - Additional results below for those interested:
RESULTS from Call To Arm's
CALLED OUT MMA - August 15, 2009 Event
Fight 1: Francisco Rivera over Aaron Arana via Majority Decision
Fight 2: Andy Dermenjyan over Dustin Rhodes via Ground & Pound TKO 2nd Round
Fight 3: Kathy Long over. Avery Vilche via Unanimous Decision
Fight 4: Brent Cooper over Daniel Hernandez via Ground & Pound TKO 1st Round
Fight 5: Jay Silva over Ray Lizama via KO in 3rd Round
Fight 6: Daniel Puder over Mychal Clark via Unanimous Decision
Fight 7: Raphael Davis over Emanuel Newton via Rear Naked Submission in 2nd Round
Fight 8: Virgil Zwicke over Will Richey via Unanimos Decision
Fight 9: Roman Mitichyan over Mike Dolce via Unanimous Decision
Fight 10: Gabe Ruedige over Wander Braga via guillotine submission in 2nd
Fight 11: Thomas Denny over Joe Cronin via guillotine submission in 2nd
8/19/2009 9:35am, #9
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Congratulations to Ms. Long.