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|Born||Rebecca Anne Rawlings
11 February 1989
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||64 in (163 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Team||Impact MMA (Aus)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Rebecca Anne Rawlings (born 11 February 1989) is an Australian mixed martial artist and bare-knuckle boxer, who currently competes in the flyweight division. She was ranked as a contender strawweight (106-115 lb) fighter according to the Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings.
- Mixed martial arts career
- Bare knuckle boxing
- Personal life
- Championships and accomplishments
- Mixed martial arts record
- Bare knuckle record
- See also
Rawlings was raised in Tasmania, and frequently played sports such as basketball, gymnastics and athletics during her pre-teens. As a teenager, however, Rawlings experienced rapid weight gain and suffered from a lack of motivation before turning to the sport of mixed martial arts as a way to battle her issues in 2010. This is where she met Australian professional MMA fighter Dan Hyatt, and decided that she wanted to become an MMA fighter.
Mixed martial arts career
Known for her aggressive fighting style, Rawlings began her mixed martial arts journey in Launceston, Tasmania in 2010 before relocating to Brisbane, Australia to further her opportunities and experience in early 2011. Rawlings made her professional MMA debut on 15 October 2011 at BRACE 12 in Hobart, Tasmania. Rawlings fought at bantamweight in her debut against Rhiannon Thompson. In what was declared "fight of the night" by the promotion, Rawlings lost her debut fight by way of a highlight reel head kick knockout.
Bouncing back and publicly rallying within the Australian MMA circuit for more fight opportunities at her suited weight class, Rawlings secured consecutive submission victories over Sarah Morrison (at BRACE 14) and Daniela Marjanovic (at Australian Fighting Championship 3). Two more victories over Rachel Sheridan and Christina Tatnell propelled Rawlings to a four-fight winning streak in 2012. This streak, coupled with a noticeable lack of legitimate Australian opponents for Rawlings, caught North America's Invicta Fighting Championships' attention in late 2012.
Invicta Fighting Championships
In November 2012, Rawlings signed a three-fight contract with Invicta Fighting Championships, which is regarded as the premier all-women's promotion in the world, to compete in their strawweight division. She was originally scheduled to fight Joanne Calderwood on the undercard of Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Gadelha on 5 January 2013, but an injury to Cláudia Gadelha resulted in Rawlings being pushed up to an Invicta FC Strawweight Championship fight in the main event against Carla Esparza. Rawlings lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Her first fight outside of Australia, combined with her personality, gave her a lot of coverage in the Australian media. This led Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp to say that she had never seen anything like it, and at the 2012 Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Awards she was voted 2012 Favourite Female Fighter with 265 votes by WMMA fans, 70 more than Ronda Rousey.
Rawlings' next fight within Invicta Fighting Championships was against Jasminka Cive at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on 5 April 2013. She won the fight via submission in the first round.
Rawlings faced Mizuki Inoue at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on 13 July 2013. Rawlings lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Ultimate Fighter
Rawlings' Invicta FC contract was assigned to the UFC on 11 December 2013 after the UFC created a women's strawweight division. The promotion also announced a women's edition of The Ultimate Fighter, which would crown the first UFC women's strawweight champion.
Rawlings was the seventh pick to go to coach Gilbert Melendez. She was initially scheduled to face Justine Kish in the preliminary round, however Kish hurt her knee during practice and was replaced by the previously eliminated Tecia Torres. Rawlings went on to lose the fight in a two-round unanimous decision.
Rawlings' first fight after The Ultimate Fighter was against Heather Jo Clark at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on 12 December 2014. She lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Rawlings was expected to face Seo Hee Ham on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65. However, Ham pulled out of the bout on 10 April and was replaced by Lisa Ellis. Rawlings won the fight via submission in the first round.
Rawling's next fight was expected to be against Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 72 on 18 July 2015. However, on 11 July. Rawlings pulled out of the fight due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Cortney Casey-Sanchez.
Rawlings next faced Paige VanZant on 27 August 2016 at UFC on Fox 21. She lost the fight via KO in the second round after being dropped by a flying head kick and a flurry of follow up punches.
Rawlings next faced Tecia Torres in a rematch at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie on 4 February 2017. At the weigh-ins, Rawlings came in at 117.5 lbs, over the women's strawweight non-title limit of 116 lbs. As a result, Rawlings was fined 20% of her purse, which went to Tecia Torres and the bout proceeded at a catchweight. Rawlings lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Move up to flyweight
Rawlings was again expected to face Joanne Calderwood in flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017. However, Calderwood was pulled out from the card due to undisclosed reason and she was replaced by Jessica-Rose Clark. At the weigh-ins, Clark weighed in at 128 pounds, 2 pounds over the flyweight upper limit of 126 pounds. The bout proceeded at a catchweight and Clark forfeited 20% of her purse. Rawlings lost the fight via split decision.
Rawlings faced Ashlee Evans-Smith on 7 April 2018 at UFC 223. She lost the fight by unanimous decision. After losing four fights in a row, Rawlings was subsequently released from the promotion.
After going 3–0 in bare knuckle boxing, news surfaced that Rawlings had signed a contract with Bellator. She made her promotional debut against Ilara Joanne at Bellator 231 on 25 October 2019. She lost the fight by submission in the second round.
Rawlings faced Elina Kallionidou on 22 February 2020 at Bellator 240. She won the bout via unanimous decision.
On 10 July 2021, it was announced that she was no longer under contract with Bellator.
Bare knuckle boxing
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
On 9 May 2018, it was reported that Rawlings was released from UFC and set to appear in Bare Knuckle FC event. She faced Alma Garcia at the inaugural event BKFC 1 held on 2 June 2018. Rawlings won the fight after Garcia refused to answer the bell after the second round. Shortly after her victory, the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame awarded her the inaugural Police Gazette Women's Featherweight World Championship.
As her first title defense, Rawlings faced Britain Hart at BKFC 2 on 25 August 2018. She won the fight by split decision.
On 2 February 2019 at the BKFC 4 in Cancun, Mexico, Bec Rawlings beat Cecilia Flores by unanimous decision.
Second stint in BKFC
On 22 July 2021, news surfaced that Rawlings had signed a new contract with the BKFC after going 1–1 in Bellator MMA. She was expected to make her return on 22 October 2021, but this return never came to fruition. Rawlings was then scheduled to face Britain Hart on 13 May 2022 at BKFC Fight Night: Omaha, but the bout was cancelled due to Hart having a medical emergency. The bout was then rescheduled to take place at BKFC 26: Hollywood on 24 June 2022. Rawlings lost the bout via unanimous decision.
Rawlings was previously married to Dan Hyatt. Rawlings filed for divorce in 2013.
Rawlings also has an older son from a previous relationship.
As of January 2014 Bec started going by her maiden name (Rawlings) and was in a relationship with fellow Australian mixed martial artist Ben Wall. The two have since separated. As of 2018, Rawlings is in a relationship with Australian professional boxer Adrian Rodriguez.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
- Police Gazette Women's Featherweight World Championship (one time)
- Two successful title defenses
- Police Gazette Women's Featherweight World Championship (one time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||8 wins||9 losses|
|Win||8–9||Elina Kallionidou||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 240||22 February 2020||3||5:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|Loss||7–9||Ilara Joanne||Submission (kneebar)||Bellator 231||25 October 2019||2||3:35||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||7–8||Ashlee Evans-Smith||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 223||7 April 2018||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Loss||7–7||Jessica-Rose Clark||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura||19 November 2017||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia||Return to Flyweight; Clark missed weight (128 lbs).|
|Loss||7–6||Tecia Torres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie||4 February 2017||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Catchweight (117.5 lbs) bout; Rawlings missed weight.|
|Loss||7–5||Paige VanZant||KO (switch kick and punches)||UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit||27 August 2016||2||0:17||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||7–4||Seo Hee Ham||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir||20 March 2016||3||5:00||Brisbane, Australia|
|Win||6–4||Lisa Ellis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt||10 May 2015||1||4:09||Adelaide, Australia|
|Loss||5–4||Heather Jo Clark||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale||12 December 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Mizuki Inoue||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||13 July 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||5–2||Jasminka Cive||Submission (armbar)||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||5 April 2013||1||3:30||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Flyweight bout.|
|Loss||4–2||Carla Esparza||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt||5 January 2013||5||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||For the Invicta FC Strawweight Championship.|
|Win||4–1||Christina Nicole Tatnell||TKO (punches)||Nitro MMA: Nitro 7||20 October 2012||1||0:37||Brisbane, Australia|
|Win||3–1||Rachel Sheridan||Decision (majority)||Valor Fight 1: Resolution||9 June 2012||3||3:00||Launceston, Australia|
|Win||2–1||Daniela Marjanovic||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Australian Fighting Championship 3||14 April 2012||1||0:21||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||1–1||Sarah Morrison||Submission (armbar)||BRACE 14||18 February 2012||2||1:30||Canberra, Australia|
|Loss||0–1||Rhiannon Thompson||KO (head kick)||BRACE 12||5 October 2011||1||2:30||Hobart, Australia|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Tecia Torres||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned||12 November 2014 (airdate)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 20 Elimination round|
Bare knuckle record
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||3–1||Britain Hart||Decision (unanimous)||BKFC 26: Hollywood||June 24, 2022||5||2:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–0||Cecilia Flores||Decision (unanimous)||BKFC 4: USA vs. Mexico||2 February 2019||5||2:00||Cancun, Mexico||Defended Police Gazette Women's Featherweight World Championship and won the World Boxing Foundation Latin American championship.|
|Win||2–0||Britain Hart||Decision (split)||BKFC 2: A New Era||25 August 2018||5||2:00||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States||Defended the Police Gazette Women's Featherweight World Championship.|
|Win||1–0||Alma Garcia||TKO (doctor stoppage)||BKFC 1: The Beginning||2 June 2018||2||2:00||Cheyenne, USA||Awarded the inaugural Police Gazette Women's Featherweight World Championship.|
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