Erin Young Toughull is a retired female fighter born on June 13, 1977. She was a professional boxer, mixed martial artist and an American Gladiator. The talented fighter started training in kickboxing at the age of 18 and then shifted to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It was in September of 1999 when she made her career debut in mixed martial arts while training with Sean McCully at the LA Boxing. Her first fight as a professional resulted in a draw, which happened in Aruba during the Verhoeff at World Vale Tudo Championship. A year after her professional debut in mixed martial arts, Toughill made her career debut in boxing. Her boxing record include 7 wins, 3, losses, 1 no contest and 1 draw.
Toughill’s time as a fighter in mixed martial arts was colorful. She was under several promotions including Strikeforce. There was a time when she withdrew from a fight because of a broken clavicle. There were also times when her fights were cancelled. Overall, she made a record of 14 fights with 10 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. The main styles of fighting she used during her active time in the sport were Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing.
The retired fighter gained more popularity when she was cast as a member of the American Gladiators, which was a primetime show of NBC. She was nicknamed as the “Steel” in the show.
At present, the Chicago-born Toughill is married to her lead Jiu-Jitsu instructor and grapping coach, Neil Melanson. Her husband is also the grappling coach of the famous fighter, Randy Couture.