If you are a female MMA fighter, particularly if you fight within the UFC, you are going to get a lot of attention. And you want that, right? Getting a bigger name gets you more exposure, which leads to more fights, which leads to more money. And that’s exactly what any good fighter wants. Photos and the media are a part of that of course, the more that you get seen the more your exposure grows. Sports have changed a lot over the years; now you not only have to be good, you also have to be media savvy as well.
Still though, sometimes it doesn’t work out quite right. You think you are presenting yourself in a certain way, and you are smiling for the camera, and then later on, whether it be days or months, you realize that you look kind of dumb. Other times you aren’t posing at all; sometimes UFC and MMA fighters are trying to look all tough and they end up doing something that looks really stupid once it is caught on camera.
Of course, this list could be filled with photos of them splayed out on the ring floor out cold, but it kind of goes without saying that they would not want you to see those. That would be obvious, and if there is one thing we at TheRichest try not to be, it is obvious. So here are 15 photos that a bunch of UFC fighters, and a few that are not UFC, do not want you to see.
15. Amanda Nunes – Selfie In Bed…With Her Lover
Amanda Nunes has made a name for herself over the past year or two with her fighting skills in the ring, even knocking off Miesha Tate to become the Bantamweight champion. She is also openly gay; Nunes’ girlfriend is Nina Ansaroff, who is also a UFC fighter. All I can say about that is I hope they like the same TV shows. I can’t imagine the sorts of fights these two have for the remote. Now this photo is on this list not because it’s two women (in fact I like the fact that it’s of two women). It makes the list simply because it looks so ridiculously awkward. Nothing says not sexy more than two people trying to be sexy and the expression on both of their faces is cringeworthy. I wish I never saw this photo, and if I wish that I’m willing to bet they both do too.
14. Jinh Yu Frey – What’s With The Bonnet?
Jinh Yu Frey is an attractive woman. Not only is she lovely in the face, but she also has a pretty incredible body, as you can see by this photo. She is currently signed with Invicta FC and has a 5-2 career record. You can see her here weighing in at prefight wearing an odd little bonnet of some sort. So Jinh, here is the thing. You are supposed to be weighing in for a fight here, not auditioning for a role as an extra on Little House on the Prairie. I have to admit that you are almost hot enough to pull it off in real life, but in this situation the whole look just seems pretty off. I can’t say for sure, but I think if Jinh could make this photo vanish forever, she probably would would. Actually, I can say for sure. It looks pretty awful.
13. Jessica Eye – Hot Head Jessica
Jessica Eye is a very succesuful UFC fighter who is known both for her looks as well as for her talent. She is also known for shoving Bethe Correia before a fight during a weigh in. Correia was hanging out as Eye stepped off the scale. When Correia took a step forward towards the scale Eye walked straight up to Correia and shoved her. This is cool enough if you are working for the WWE, but honestly this sort of thing just looks kind of bush league when you are a UFC fighter. We get it, you are all tough and bad, but the point is you are supposed to be a pro, so keep it in the ring. Jessica might not admit it, but this photo just shows her to be a bit unbalanced at the most, and at the least a total hot head.
12. Bethe Correia – Really Tacky Death Threat
Bethe Correia is not a huge fan of Ronda Rousey, not even a little bit. She said of Rousey: “I don’t think she’s a good champion. I think she’s really selfish. She just thinks about herself, about making movies, dressing well, showing up. I’m not gonna be like this, I’m gonna be a real champ. I’m gonna do something for the people. I’m gonna be the people’s champ.”
She made a big deal of fighting Rousey, she kept angling for a fight with her and kept acting confident about how she was going to beat her. This made it all the more pathetic when Rousey knocked her out in 34 seconds. Bethe was on her heels immediately and was taking a nap in the ring almost right away. Which is why she probably regrets this photo.
11. Rachael Ostovich – Wears Wonder Woman Costume In Ring
Rachael Ostovich is an Invictus fighter who dresses up as Wonder Woman, both at weigh ins and in the ring. She once said of this habit, “I love Wonder Woman. Who doesn’t love Wonder Woman? I just wanted to rock some Wonder Woman attire and I guess everyone started liking it.” Rachael that is cool and all but your career record is 3-2. If you ever got in that ring with someone who was a really good MMA fighter they would probably rip that costume right off you and feed it to you, which now that I think of it would probably do a good business on pay per view. The point is, you have to earn something like wearing a Wonder Woman costume in the ring, not just put one on because you think you look cute in it.
10. Felice Herrig – Selfie In The Closet?
Felice Herrig is a UFC fighter who is without a doubt one of the hottest female fighters out there. She also likes to show off her looks on Instagram. Which is fine by me, she is great to look at. What is not so great to look at is the above photo, which shows her showing off her hot body in what looks like a cheap apartment, with a floor vent, a kind of nasty rug, and a bunch of clothes that look like they are from Target all jammed in a closet. I always love selfies like these, some totally hot chick taking her photo in front of a room filled with McDonalds wrappers and ashtrays. While this photo of Felice is not that bad I still think she would probably take this one back if she could. It is not the least bit glamorous.
9. Randa Markos – Bubble Gum Disrespect
Randa Markos is a UFC fighter, and a very hot one at that, who is also known for competing on The Ultimate Fighter for Team Pettis. During that time she was in the middle of the traditional weigh-in stare down with Felice Herrig, who also is totally hot, and getting all intense about it when Herrig blew a bubble in her face. Of course, Markos got all mad about it and slapped the bubble away, but good luck finding a picture of that- no one cares. All people want to see is Randa getting punked out with a bubble being blown in her face. This is one photo I am sure that Randa Markos does not like people seeing. Herrig totally disrespected her in a photo that will live on for a while to come.
8. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – In A Hospital Bed For A TV Show
Joanna is one of the tougher fighters out there- so tough that it is shocking to see her in this photo hospitalized. What happened? Well, nothing happened at all. She simply was trying her hand out at acting, and appeared in the Polish TV show Hospital. If you didn’t know, that is why she has such a wild last name, and why I keep calling her Joanna. While it is not a bad thing that she has a photo of herself out there that is a promotional shot from a TV show, one has to admit that she could have picked a better role. Being a fighter and having promo stills out there of you all beaten up in a hospital bed can be a tad embarrassing, although she does not seem to be the type to shame easily.
7. Arianny Celeste – Crying In Jail
No one likes to have mugshots of themselves all around, so I am pretty sure that this photo of UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste, whose real name is Arianny Lopez, is a photo she does not want you to see. She was arrested after getting into it with her boyfriend. According to the arrest report: “Lopez kicked him in the nose in a limousine, where the argument started, the report said. The argument escalated in the hotel room, at which point Chandra accused Lopez of throwing two vases at him, police said. Chandra recorded parts of the argument on his cell phone, which showed him following Lopez around the hotel room and demanding to know why she kicked him in the nose.”
6. Holly Holm – Play Fighting A Newscaster
Holly Holm stunned the world. For a while it seemed like there was no one that could beat Ronda Rousey, but then it happened. Holly Holm knocked her out and Ronda took a nap in the middle of the ring in front of the whole world. For a while it seemed like Holly would be the next big thing, although she did not quite have the star power of Rousey. She tried though; before her fight with Valetina Shevchenko, she appeared on the local news on Fox 32 in Chicago, and even showed off some moves to one of the reporters. Sadly for her, she didn’t show off too many moves later on as Shevchenko beat her, making us all wonder if her beating Rousey was just a fluke. Now this photo just looks even sillier than it did in the first place.
5. Julianna Pena – Kicked Guy In Nether Region, Starts Brawl
What would be a bad way to end your big night out? Getting kicked in the groin by a female UFC fighter. If that sounds like it couldn’t happen in real life, oh it did. Julianna Pena started a 20 person brawl when told that an: “establishment was closed and they could not come in, which prompted Pena to become ‘irate’ according to one witness. Witnesses said that Pena kicked a bar employee in the groin and then, while outside the business, kicked the owner in the groin twice.”
She was arrested for assault. Really Julianna? You are a pro UFC fighter and you are going to kick a guy in the sack? At least beat him in a normal way. Pro tip: if you are out drinking and you see Julianna Pena, go the other way.
4. Claudia Gadelha – Goofy Mouthguard
Claudia is an excellent fighter who has been through a lot; there was even a recent story in MMA fighting that talked of how fighting got her off drugs. She said: “I did everything: using (cocaine), smoking marijuana. Sports got me out of drugs when I was 15. I wanted to start working out and doing exercises, but my mother wouldn’t let me. At first, I started working out without telling her. I remember I skipped school to go to the gym.” This is all very admirable. What is not admirable is this photo of Claudia having some sort of bizarre fake toy in her mouth. Come on Claudia, you are totally hot! You have to remember that what might seem kind of goofy in the moment can end up being plastered all over the Internet.
3. Paige VanZant
This photo of Paige VanZant and Urijah Faber is probably one she would like to forget. Why? Well, because it may remind her of a interview where her former coach said that she has no morals, honesty or loyalty. Wow, really? I guess it is a good thing that she is so hot then. Highlights of the piece included her former coach Rick Collup saying: “Then she moved to Sacramento to train with Alpha Male but eventually moved back to Reno as she was (in her own words) ignored there also and didn’t get along with Urijah Faber and said all the girls were rude and sucked at MMA.” This was just a small piece of the smackdown that was put on Paige during this article. Well hey, at least she is a good dancer, right?
2. Miesha Tate – Weird Looking Wonder Woman
Miesha Tate is two things for absolute certain. She is one of the best fighters the UFC has ever seen and she is totally hot. Those two things probably had something to do with her making the bad decision to put on a superhero outfit and take a bunch of bathroom selfies. Now, it is not that the photos are bad, it is more that when she initially did them it is very doubtful that she pictured that they would be plastered on a whole bunch of teenage boys’ walls, or used in numerous “Hottest photos of Miesha Tate” lists. Or maybe she did know- hard to tell with these things. One thing is for sure though. If she does not regret this photo now, she will someday. But she still looks super hot.
1. Ronda Rousey – Starbucks Girl
Ronda Rousey was not only thought of as being completely invincible in the ring, she has also been thought of as one of the sexiest women out of it. Even after she got knocked out and lost her title she still is someone who is often seen on websites and in magazines as a sex symbol. And why not? She is not only rather gorgeous, but she has an incredible body as well. Which is why this photo of Ronda leaving a Starbucks is so shocking. It’s like, wait, who is that? How can it be? Looking at this photo is like the feeling you had when you found out that Santa Claus wasn’t real. Now I am not saying that Ronda is not real, I am just saying that this gives new meaning to the whole concept of what clothes do for a body and what the term “two facer” means.