Becky Levi

Becky Levi is an American female mixed martial artist.[2][3]

Becky Levi
BornColdwater, Michigan, United States
Other namesThe Specimen
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Rank  2nd Degree Black belt in Judo[1]
Mixed martial arts record
Total8
Wins7
By knockout2
By submission3
By decision2
Losses1
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BiographyEdit

Levi was born in Coldwater, Michigan.[4] She began her training in Tucson, Arizona, training submissions and judo with Steve Owen, a 7th degree black belt in Judo. She also continued her boxing training at two boxing facilities in Tucson. Becky was also a PE teacher and coach in Tucson for 11 years. She was involved in coaching the sports of volleyball, football, wrestling, and track and field. In 1998 she moved to Grand Ledge, Michigan. to pursue her fight career. Levi has wrestled and boxed at Joe Byrd's Boxing Academy for a year and a half hoping to get started in professional boxing. Although Becky did not get info boxing professionally, she did fight an exhibition fight in Toledo, Ohio. in 2002. Becky also holds a second degree black belt in judo. Prior to MMA competition, she was already an accomplished athlete. At the first 1987 Women's World Championships 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 and 1992 Olympic teams. 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]. Becky also competed in 4 World Tough Woman Championships: three of which she was runner up.

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 helped set up The Danger Zone, a mixed martial arts promotion, with UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn, who she had assisted in his preparation for UFC V.[5] Severn would also train Levi for contests such as the Toughwoman World Championships, and said of her in a 1999 interview "She hits harder than most men."[6] They parted ways in 2001 to pursue other business ventures.

Her last fight was a loss by flying armbar against Marloes Coenen at ReMix World Cup 2000, on 5 December 2000.[6] Becky now is the fitness and sport performance co-director at Spiece Fitness a premier fitness facility in Ft. Wayne, IN. Becky has worked and developed their sport training and personal training programs since 2002. Becky is also involved in coaching the throwing events at Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, IN.[7]

CareerEdit

  • 1981 National Junior College Champion Shot Put/Runner up discus
  • 1982 National Junior College Champion Discus/Runner up shot put
  • 1987 National Champion Women's Weightlifting 82 kg.+
  • 1987 World Team Trial Champion Weightlifting 82 kg.+
  • Pima College Track Hall of Fame Athlete
  • USWF Superfight Champion
  • L1 Superfight Champion
  • IFC Super Heavyweight Champion
  • Tough Woman World Champion 3 time Runner-up.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
8 matches 7 wins 1 loss
By knockout 2 0
By submission 3 1
By decision 2 0
By disqualification 0 0
Draws 0
No contests 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7-1 Marloes Coenen Submission (flying armbar) ReMix-World Cup 2000 December 5, 2000 1 1:25
Win 7-0 Junko Yagi Decision (unanimous) ReMix-World Cup 2000 December 5, 2000 2 5:00
Win 6-0 Miwako Ishihara Decision (split) ReMix-World Cup 2000 December 5, 2000 2 5:00
Win 5-0 Terri Lukamski TKO LLPW-Ultimate L-1 Challenge October 10, 1998 1 5:06
Win 4-0 Javio Flores Submission (choke) WSW-World Shoot Wrestling June 12, 1998 1 3:07
Win 3-0 Leslie Brace Submission (neck crank) USWF 7-Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 7 October 18, 1997 1 0:40
Win 2-0 Betty Fagan TKO IFC 4-Akwesasane March 28, 1997 1 1:44
Win 1-0 Yoko Takahashi Submission (punches) U-Japan November 17, 1996 1 2:14

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Becky Levi Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  2. ^ "Are women fighters the future of MMA?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  3. ^ "MISSING PERSONS: BECKY LEVI AS THE FIRST LADY OF MMA". Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  4. ^ "Coldwater, Michigan". City-Data.com. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "BECKY LEVI: WHERE IS SHE NOW?". Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  6. ^ "BREAKING BARRIERS". Sherdog. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  7. ^ "BECKY LEVI: WHERE IS SHE NOW?". Sherdog. Retrieved 2014-10-14.