Purcell has been involved in fitness and martial arts for over twenty years, with competitive experience in vale tudo, submision grappling, boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, wrestling, taekwondo and gymnastics. Her introduction to MMA came in 1993 during the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship, when she was training alongside some of the first competitors in Huntingdon Beach. Having taken kickboxing, boxing and JKD, she moved on to brazilian jiu jitsu and finally vale tudo under the famous Marco Ruas, when she says "everything started to make sense".
She is actively involved in supporting women's MMA, having set up Fightergirls.net and the WMAA (Women's Martial Arts Association), along with competing herself. Her eventual goal is to develop quality competitions on a regular basis for female MMA fighters, as she discusses in a 2004 interview with TheFightGame.tv.
Her last fight was a win by unanimous decision against Nicole Albrect at King of the Cage 17, on 19 October 2002. Since then, she has been concentrating on projects like Fightergirls.net and the WMAA, though she is still looking for quality opposition.
First woman to ever compete and win in King of the Cage
Ultimate Wrestling World Title Belt Holder
Hook-N-Shoot Revolution Winner, 2002
Headliner on the first ever all women NHB card in US history
Ultimate Wrestling Minnesota Winner
Black Belt in Ruas Vale Tudo
Black Belt in Taekwondo