Best Female MMA Fighters – MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, a combination of kickboxing, wrestling, Judo and Jui-Jitsu, has taken over the world by a storm over the recent years. But every time someone talks about MMA, they say it’s a guy sport. They say women aren’t as tough as guys. But I’m sure a few seconds in the ring with the ladies will so prove you wrong. These ladies have fought their way to the top and have proved the stereotype false.
So, for people who think some sports are meant to be played by just men, we present to you our list of the Top 10 best female MMA Fighters.
10. Carla Esparza
The cookie monster, an American professional mixed martial artist currently competes in the UFC Strawweight divison. She is the former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and the first Invcta FC Strawweight Champion. She has had 11 out of 14 wins in her MMA career. Esparza is also currently ranked #9 pound for pound Female MMA Fighter in the World and ranked #2 Female Strawweight Champion. She has also took part in Bellator Fighting Championships, the first women’s tournaments.
9. Amanda Nunes
Amanda Lourenco Nunes or The lioness is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist.she currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships and is the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Nunes made her MMA debut on March 8, 2008 at Prime MMA Championship 2. She has also competed in 135 and 145 pound weight divisions. Out of a total of 17 MMA fights, Nunes has won 13 mostly by knockout (9).
8. Jessica Aguilar
JAG, like they call it is a Mexican-born American mixed martial artist and currently competes in the UFC. She was the Reigning Women’s Strawweight Champion during her departure from the World Series of Fighting. She has competed in 24 matches in MMA and has to her name 19 wins. She made her debut on Feburary 18, 2006 at Absolute Fighting Championships 15.
7. Cat Zingano
The alpha or Cat Zingano, the American mixed martial artist competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is also the first woman to win a MMA UFC fight by technical knockout. She is also currently the #5 ranked pound for pound female MMA fighter in the world. Out of 11 matches that she partook, she has 9 wins by knockout (5) and submission (3).
6. Claudia Gadelha
Ana Claudia Dantas Gadelha is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. She currently competes in the Women’s Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of 2015, Claudia is ranked the #1 Strawweight UFC Champion. She made her debut in 2008 at Force Fighting Championship which she won. She also has 13 out of 15 wins to her name.
5. Ronda Rousey
Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey is no-doubt one of the best female MMA fighters ever. She’s an American former mixed martial artist, Judoka champion and actress. Rousey has won 12 out of 13 matches in UFC. Her only loss was against Holly Rene in UFC 193. She is also the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo in 2008. She is also ranked the #2 female Bantamweight fighter in the world according to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
4. Holly Holm
Holly Holm or as they call her “The preacher’s daughter” is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC Bantamweight division. She is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and a former professional boxer and kick boxer. Holm has 10 wins out of 11 matches mostly by knockout (7). Her most iconic win was at UFC 193 against Ronda Rousey for whom it was her first and only loss in MMA.
3. Miesha Tate
One of the most beautiful, hot and best female MMA fighters. Referred to as Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, this American professional mixed martial artist competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is the former UFC Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion after defeating Holly Holm on March 5, 2016. Tate has 18 wins out of 24 to her name. She has also modeled for ESPN The Magazine and Fitness Gurls.
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
This partaker of Women’s Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is also the UFC Strawweight Champion. This Polish mixed martial artist is the #1 Pound for Pound Female Fighter in the World according to Sherdog. She is the only women in the UFC mixed gender rankings with #12 pound for pound position. She has 12 out of 12 wins to her name.
1. Cristiane Justino
Justino or like they call her Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino is a Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist and former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion after defeating Gina Karano on August 15, 2009. Out of a total of 18 matches, she has to her name 16 wins mostly (14) by knockout. She is the current Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion and is signed with the UFC. She top our list of best female MMA fighters.
Top 10 Best Female MMA Fighters
- Cristiane Justino Venancio
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Miesha Theresa Tate
- Holly Rene Holm Kirkpatrick
- Ronda Jean Rousey
- Claudia Gadelha
- Cathilee Deborah Zingano
- Jessica Aguilar
- Amanda Nunes
- Carla Kristen Esparza
Author – Renu Mishra