Becky Levi

From The Martial Arts Encyclopedia

Becky Levi was one of the first American women to compete in MMA, later becoming a fight promoter.


Levi has wrestled and boxed at Joe Byrd's Boxing Academy for a decade and a half, and also holds a second degree black belt in judo. Prior to MMA competition, she was already an accomplished athlete. At the 1987 World Games she won the plus 82 kilograms category in weightlifting[1]. While studying at the University of Arizona, she became a discus thrower, winning the 1988 Tucson Elite Classic[2] and becoming an alternate for the 1988 Olympic team. After graduating, she continued to succeed in the discus, winning the 1992 Willie Williams Classic[3]. In 1991, she attempted judo competition, initially with less success, winning one match out of four at the 1991 Olympic Festival[4], but eventually becoming a national champion. The Arizona Daily Star called her "one of the two or three greatest female athletes produced here" in an article on the University of Arizona[5].

Her first entry into the world of mixed martial arts was as a strength and conditioning trainer to fellow Arizona resident Don Frye, present as part of his corner during Ultimate Fighting Championship 8, 9 and 10. In 1999, she set up The Danger Zone, a mixed martial arts promotion, with UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn. Severn would also train Levi for contests like the Toughwoman World Championships, and said of her in a 1999 interview "She hits harder than most men."[6]

Her last fight was a loss by flying armbar against Marloes Coenen at ReMix World Cup 2000, on 5 December 2000. She is currently match maker for The Danger Zone.


  • USWF Superfight Champion
  • L1 Superfight Champion
  • IFC Super Heavyweight Champion
  • Tough Woman World Champion Runner-up.


1.   '1987: The Year in Sports', New York Times, 28 December 1987

2.   'Track and Field', USA Today, 13 June 1988

3.   'Ex-Arizona athletes stand out at Classic', The Arizona Daily Star, 22 March 1992

4.   'Levi wins one judo match at the Olympic Festival', The Arizona Daily Star, 16 July 1991

5.   'Olson: Bibby is the best sophomore UA has had', The Arizona Daily Star, Greg Hansen, 1 February 1998

6.   'Toughwoman Championships', Fox News, 15 April 1999

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