Some things in life were simply made for each other. Peanut butter was made for jelly, Hall was made for Oates, and beautiful women were made to promote sports. In the sport of football, for instance, half of the fun that I had going to Raiders games as a kid was staring over at the cheerleaders on the sidelines. As it were, the Oakland Raiders have always boasted some of the best cheerleaders in the game, so I’m sure that I wasn’t the only 13-year-old that was more interested in scoring than in the actual score of the game.
Mixed martial arts, much in the vein of boxing, has utilized beautiful women to effectively promote their biggest matches, and to help notify viewers in the stands and at home that the next round was set to begin soon. In the UFC, there has been a wealth of beautiful women to sport the uniform and to hold up gigantic numbers for the visually impaired and the easily distracted. These women have come from many different walks of life, and have had left a lasting impression on UFC fans around the world. Now, while I’m not exactly producing a biography on these women, I did make sure to keep this list both diverse and informative.
Some of the women you’ll find on our list are some that you’re familiar with, some you may have forgotten about, and some that you probably have a poster of in your man cave. Regardless of their current standing with the UFC, each woman on this list is as beautiful as the next, and will undoubtedly leave you watching some old UFC fights to spot them ringside.
15. Ali Sonoma
Getting our list started at the number fifteen spot is a model that, while no longer with the UFC, is one of the easiest UFC ring girls to recognize. Ali Sonoma was incredibly popular during her tenure with the company, and it’s easy to see why. The 1980s born model is a natural beauty, and was an absolute pleasure to see on each UFC broadcast that fans were fortunate enough to watch.
Aside from her work with the UFC, Sonoma has also dabbled in acting, and is a fitness enthusiast. She has competed in bodybuilding competitions in the past, and the fruits of her labor are easy to see. If there were ever a UFC event that featured returning ring girls for one night, I would hope to see Ali Sonoma make an appearance. Until then, all we can do is keep tuning in to the UFC to watch the fights. After all, that is what it’s all about.
14. Holly Madison
While Holly Madison isn’t a typical UFC ring girl in the sense that she was tenured through the company, she did perform at UFC 100, and therefore qualifies as a ring girl. If she looks a little familiar to you, that’s probably because you were either a reader of Playboy, or a reality show junkie; neither of which I’ll hold against you. I know what you’re thinking; why aren’t I displaying a nude photo? Well, this isn’t an adult site, and I’m sure a simple internet search will curb your curiosity.
Regardless, the beautiful Holly Madison (clothed here, thank you very much) is simply too hot to ignore. Her previous exposure in Playboy and on reality certainly worked in the favor of the UFC, and the companies accountants were busy counting all of the money the event made. UFC 100 was viewed by over 1 million fight fans, and I’m sure that Brock Lesnar’s win that night wasn’t the only thing that had viewers’ blood pumping.
13. Luciana Andrade
The country of Brazil has a proud and storied history. They have produced an incredible number of brilliant athletes, and a solid amount of UFC champions. They also have incredible food, beautiful pieces of art, and beaches that’ll make most other nations blush. So it comes as no surprise that such a beautiful country would produce many beautiful people. While some of their male fighters may be a little rough around the edges after some hard fought battles, their ring girls are legendary.
Luciana Andrade is one of several Brazilian ring girls in the UFC, and she has been with the company for just over two years now. Since making her debut at UFC Fight Night 56: Shogun vs. Saint Preux, Luciana Andrade has been a mainstay on Brazilian cards. She’s cemented herself as one of the more talented women in the UFC. Like the picture? Be sure to check out her Instagram for more.
12. Natasha Kingsbury (Wicks)
After being discovered in a contest to find the next UFC ring girl, Natasha Kingsbury (formerly Natasha Wicks) had a brief but memorable tenure with the company. The contest was a partnership between Maxim and the UFC, and Kingsbury stood tall above the rest. The Las Vegas born model only lasted a few months with the UFC, but found love during her time there. Natasha began a relationship with UFC light heavyweight Kyle Kingsbury, and the two have been together ever since.
These days, the talented Natasha Kingsbury works as a ring girl for Invicta Fighting Championships, and is a yoga enthusiast. Still not impressed? She was also an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 games. The mother of one seems like a lighthearted person, and women like that are hard to find these days. You can find her accounts on both Twitter and Instagram if you want to learn more about the former UFC ring girl.
11. Chandella Powell
For two years, Chandella Powell was a mainstay at UFC events around the world, and we were all thankful for it. Fans and fighters alike (I’m looking at you Phil Davis) were in awe of the beauty from the moment she made her debut in the UFC. It was curious, however, that Powell seemed to all but disappear from UFC events, and seemingly off of the face of the planet.
Well, Chandella apparently had a history of some soft-core adult acting that she failed to disclose to the UFC. It’s not that she did anything wrong, and she even used a fake name in her soft-core past. It was her failure to disclose this information to her employer that led to her untimely release from the company. It’s truly a shame that it didn’t work out for Chandella, but a beauty like her can’t be held back for too long.
10. Arianny Celeste
And now it’s time for perhaps the best known UFC ring girl of all-time. While I’m sure it comes as no shock that she’s on our list, it may surprise you that she’s at the number ten spot. Do keep in mind that this list is simply of photos of these women, and isn’t based off of looks or talent. If we went off of acclaim, Arianny would undoubtedly rank number one on the list of greatest UFC ring girls.
During her time with the UFC, Arianny has modeled for numerous magazines, including Maxim, FHM, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. She has made appearances on television as well, co-hosting the show Overhaulin’ on MTV. She is also the five-time recipient of the Ring Girl of the Year Award at the World MMA Awards. It’s pretty easy to see that Arianny has made the most of her opportunities. She’s beautiful, talented, and shows no signs of slowing down.
9. Brittney Palmer
If Arianny Celeste would top the list of greatest UFC ring girls of all time, then Brittney Palmer could very well be a shoo-in for the second spot, mainly due to time with the company. Her time with the UFC has been remarkable. Much like her predecessor on this list, Brittney Palmer has maximized the opportunities that her newly found fame would bring her, and is nearing the coveted 1 million followers mark on Instagram.
So, aside from being beautiful, what makes Brittney Palmer a worthwhile follow in Instagram? Well, it just so happens that Miss Palmer is an incredibly gifted artist, and her works are truly something to be admired. Is it fair that someone this beautiful is also this talented? No, not at all. But I’m not going to cry over some spilled milk. I’ll just go ahead and press the follow button, and enjoy some amazing art from a truly talented and beautiful woman.
8. Rachelle Leah
California is one of the most sought after places in the world. We are home to some of the world’s greatest modern cities, and our sports teams (San Diego Chargers excluded) have some truly rich history behind them. Our beaches are legendary, and the food here is superb. Millions flock here to become famous, but for us locals, greatness comes naturally. Though there are tons of stereotypes associated with my beautiful state, one is true: our women are gorgeous.
Rachelle Leah is a California girl at heart, and is as talented as they come. The model and UFC ring girl appeared in the UFC 2009 Undisputed video game, and has modeled for a slew of top-tier companies. Her features in magazines like Maxim, Playboy, Muscle & Fitness, and Men’s Fitness are stunning, and she has also done some acting work. Not too many women can boast such a resume, but Rachelle Leah isn’t your average person.
7. Carly Baker
So far, our list has been primarily comprised of American women, with a brief splash from Brazil. The first appearance of a London native on our list comes courtesy of ring girl Carly Baker who boasts quite an impressive resume. Just a quick look at her biography on the official UFC website reveals some quality details of a woman whose talents far surpass holding a gigantic numbered card for the UFC.
Carly Baker’s career has had an impressive number of twists and turns, and her multi-faceted talents have netted her work in a number of artistic fields. The model is also a musician, and actress, and professional dancer. She has helped co-write songs for musical acts such as Kasabian and Gary Barlow. Given all of her accolades, Carly Baker might be the most talent-rich ring girl that the UFC has ever had. She uses Instagram and Twitter, so be sure to check out both of her accounts.
6. Edith Labelle
After hopping across the pond to London for our entry on Carly Baker, we now find ourselves back in North America (in Canada, to be exact) for the next ring girl. Edith LaBelle had a two-year run with the UFC, and, much like the aforementioned Chandella Powell, seemed to have had an untimely dismissal from the company. During her time with the UFC, LaBelle left her mark on fight fans, and is one of the best-remembered ring girls in the promotions history.
After failing to appear at UFC 100, LaBelle would break ties with the UFC, and continue her career as a model. Though the situations surrounding her absence are still unconfirmed, LaBelle denies the reports that she was too ill from being intoxicated the night before. She has also done some acting work, and has conned to find success in her career. Judging by her social media accounts, I’d say that Edith LaBelle is doing pretty well for herself these days.
5. Allison Diehl
Much like their partnership with Maxim, the UFC teamed up with Hooters to find themselves a new ring girl for their UFC Fight for the Troops 2 event. The company already had 3 current ring girls, but that didn’t stop them from hunting down another woman to handle duties at ringside. After tallying the results, Allison Diehl wound up the winner, and made her UFC debut at the event that took place at Fort Hood, Texas back in 2011.
The former Hooters girls looked stunning and she was a huge morale boost for the troops serving in their respective military branches. Events like this on military bases are always a blast, and Allison Diehl, along with the other girls, brought a much-needed level of beauty for the troops. Unfortunately for Miss Diehl, the chance to appear at ringside was simply a guest spot, and she would not be retained for further UFC events.
4. Amber Nichole Miller
Former UFC ring girl and current girlfriend of UFC light heavyweight legend Tito Ortiz finds herself in the top-five of our list. Miss Miller made her UFC debut all the way back at UFC 40 (the company is now over 200 pay-per-views), and is perhaps the first UFC ring girl that established a name for herself, and paved the way for the modern girls’ success.
The model has had a fruitful career, boasting a number of modeling jobs, as well as being the spokesperson for Xyience a number of years ago. The model and fitness-enthusiast is truly a UFC classic, and is still as beautiful as ever. While Tito Ortiz may not be as dominant as he once was, he sure does know how to land himself a beautiful woman. Ortiz has a fight lined up with Chael Sonnen, and you better believe that Amber Nicole will be front and center cheering him on. Bravo, sir.
3. Logan Stanton
The UFC always keeps a number of beautiful women employed, but for a few years, the trio of women that the UFC had was almost too perfect. Consisting of Arianny Celeste, Natasha Wicks, and Logan Stanton, the UFC ring girls during that era were too hot to handle, and it’s no surprise that the company flourished during that time period. Okay, so Brock Lesnar and his WWE mainstream appeal may have had a hand in that as well, but it’s hard to deny that these women didn’t contribute.
Logan’s run with the company ended at UFC 107, and there has been much discussion as to what led to her end with the UFC. Regardless, Logan Stanton has continued to achieve impressive feats in her modeling career, and her Instagram gives her followers a view into both her personal life, and a behind the scenes look into the world of professional modeling.
2. Jhenny Andrade
For the second time in this article, we head down to Brazil to get a closer look at another current UFC ring girl who also shares the same last name as our other Brazilian beauty on this list. Jhenny Andrade, much like Luciana, is absolutely stunning, and can quickly draw the attention of the crowd between rounds. The model and ring girl has been quite the acquisition for the UFC, and her popularity continues to grow with each event that she is featured in.
Outside of her ring girl duties and modeling, Andrade also has her own YouTube channel, which is certainly worth checking out. The channel features videos showing off her personal side, and giving a glimpse into her past hosting duties in her native Brazil. Andrade seems like the type of person who is enjoying her life and having a blast, and that is always something great to see.
1. Vanessa Hanson
Coming in at the top spot on our list is a beautiful woman who is no stranger to the world of mixed martial arts. Vanessa Hanson holds the distinction of having worked for two separate premiere mixed martial arts organizations (although Strikeforce is now defunct). While the UFC had its biggest card of all-time at UFC 205, fans were treated to both an amazing night of fights, as well as a bevy of ring girls, with Hanson standing out among her peers.
Despite the wealth of talent and beauty that has been ringside for the UFC, Vanessa Hanson may in fact be the modest beautiful that the company has had. With her gorgeous smile, perfect physique, and tan skin, it’s easy to see why fans adore her. Thanks to the rise of current superstars, the UFC continues to be the worldwide MMA leader, and the future looks bright for the company. They have already laid claim to beautiful women, and I for one can’t wait to see which ring girl is next to break the mould.