I have covered the overall state of women in the sport of MMA in the past (in September, 2009 - http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/pow-mixed-martial-arts/2009/08/women-in-mixed-martial-arts-fighting-for-equality-part-i.html). Today, there are so many women working in the MMA industry that bring professionalism, along with a long list of credentials. I know from expereince that many people that have traditional views on women's roles can be surprised when they meet a woman who really could be considered an expert in the fighting sports. But there are many other women that have made major contributions to the MMA community. A Chicagoan who is doing just this is Erin Webb. She is the Site Manager for fightergirls.com (http://www.fightergirls.com). The site has been around for a few years, but in the year 2008, they increased their regostration to over 1000 fighters.
Webb who also works as a General manager for Lifestart Wellness Network here in downtown Chicago, holds a BA in Exercise Science and Nutrition and a MA in Health and Fitness Management. As a certified ACSM trainer and Muay Thai instructor, she offers the perfect blend of training, education and fight savvy. She has fought in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She trains MMA 4-5 times a week, studying each component of the game. Webb, who look sun-suspecting like most women in the sport, does not even acknowledge the doubters out there who may think she'd be better off just teaching cardio-kickboxing.