Posted November 18, 2014 by Julie Dezellem in Editorials

WomensMMA Welcomes Julie Dezellem

Hey guys! My name is Julie Dezellem and this is my first post on this site.  A friend of mine asked me if I’d be willing to blog and share a little about my MMA experience so here I am! I am 21 years old and from the Yakima Valley in Washington State.  I fight in amateur MMA for Yakima MMA under coach Rich Guerin.

I have had three MMA fights since May of this year and my record is 2-1.  I have competed in lots of submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments including the World Championships and Pan-American Championships.  I started Jiu Jitsu in 2008 and am currently a 4 stripe blue belt.  I also did Karate as a kid (ages 9-15) and I got my black belt in Karate in 2008.

The martial arts world is very different as a woman, especially in MMA, and this blog is going to be a little about my journey through it.  Despite the misconceptions that this is a manly sport and may be too rough for women, I am in love with what I do, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I’ll write more later about what I went through before and after my first three fights.

Thanks so much for reading!!!


I love what I do


Julie Dezellem

My name is Julie, I am 21 years old and I live in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. I am an amateur MMA fighter for Yakima MMA under coach Rich Guerin and I love it! This blog is just a little something to share my story!