Mixed Martial Arts has basically always been dominated by males, even in the era of ancient Greece; until in 1997, a first female match in the history of MMA was held in the United States by the International Fighting Championships.
Now that the days where only male fighters are allowed to fight in the ring are over, this full-contact combat sport has become even more popular with its audience. In fact, this sport is considered as the world’s fastest-growing sport because of its diversity, promotions, and intelligent use of social media. So, we now give you this list of 12 female MMA fighters who are so pretty, you'll feel like you've bitten the dust and gone to heaven seconds after you get punched by one of them in the face.
12 Paige Vanzant
Despite being repeatedly hit in the face by Rose Namajunas last December, that did not stop Paige VanZant from being included on this list. Thanks to her incredible genes, she fully recovered after just a few weeks, and even posted a photo of herself as if nothing had happened.
Although she is considered to be a very versatile fighter, she was regularly bullied when she was in high school. Hence, this experience became her inspiration to be a martial artist to defend herself. In addition, this 22-year old mixed martial artist’s skills in the ring are just as good as her skills on the dance floor. Just three months ago, she competed on Dancing with the Stars’ 22nd season, in which she partnered with Mark Ballas and won the second place.
11 Gina Carano
Yes, that near-silent villain in Deadpool is her. Considered to be the face of women’s MMA, ranked 5th as one of the Top 10 Influential women of 2008, became a fitness model, an actress, and a television personality, Gina “Conviction” Carano is not just a beauty – but also boasts a striking mixed martial arts record of 7 wins, 1 loss, and 1 knockout; and an impressive kickboxing record of 12 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw.
10 Angelica Chavez
Taught by her father, Grandmaster Chavez, Angelica “South Valley’s Own” Chavez started to join Karate tournaments at the age of 3; and despite the fact that she hadn't had any formal training in wrestling or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at that time, she had her first professional fight at Global Fury Cage-fighting where she won via key lock in the second round against Stephanie Palmer.
9 Michelle Waterson
Michelle Waterson was born in Colorado, and fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. After she graduated high school, she began her modeling career in 2004.
8 Ronda Rousey
Although Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey had her first loss in her recent fight against Holly Holm by a knockout last November, she is still considered to be one of the most outstanding mixed martial arts fighter, with a record of 12 wins, in which she won by 3 knockouts and 9 submissions.
7 Miesha Tate
Even if Miesha Tate has a pretty face and goes by the nickname “Cupcake”, she is not as sweet as you would think she would be. Her mixed martial arts record has a total of 23 fights, 18 of which she won (3 knockouts, 7 submissions and 8 decisions), and lost only 5 times (2 knockouts, 2 submissions and 1 decision). Also, she holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
6 Raquel Pennington
Before reaching stardom, Raquel Pennington started to pursue mixed martial arts at the age of 19, although her parents would not let her fight. Throughout her amateur career, she had 7 wins (in which she won by 5 submissions and 2 decisions), and 1 loss (by decision). In 2012, she made her professional debut where she fought against Kim Couture and won by a total knockout. From there, she had a total of 12 fights where she won 7 times (1 by knockout, 3 submissions and 3 decisions), and lost 5 times (1 by submission and 4 by decision).
5 Alexandra Albu
Alexandra “Stitch” Albu is the first Russian woman to fight in the UFC. She is now fighting out of Moscow, Russia. Although she got her nickname from a Disney character, she is not going to be as cute as the real Stitch if you mess with her. She is considered to be one of the strongest CrossFit stars, and has an impressive record of 6 wins (without any losses), since she started as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. She had her debut victory in less than 4 minutes by a submission.
4 Rose Namajunas
Like many fighters who were taught martial arts at an early age, Rose “Thug” Namajunas started practicing Taekwondo when she was only 5 years old. 4 years after, she earned her junior black belt and after that, she continued to do Karate, as well as Jiu-jitsu. She also trained kickboxing and MMA in high school.
3 Angela Lee
Angela Lee, one of the youngest mixed martial arts fighters, took the Asian MMA history by storm when she defeated Mei Yamaguchi, and became the youngest person ever to win a world title last month. She just made her professional debut last year and so far, she is already triumphing with a record of 6 wins and zero losses. She is, indeed, unstoppable and beautiful.
2 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Rachael Cummins
Rachael “The Panther” Cummins is fighting out of California. She may not have a long list of remarkable matches unlike most of the women on this list but, still, she has a pretty face to brag about. So far, she has a mixed martial arts record of 3 wins and 2 losses. She made a comeback in 2015 (after she became inactive in 2014 for having matches that were constantly being canceled) and won by unanimous decision, beating her opponent in just 3 rounds for 5 minutes. She is trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai.
When not fighting inside the cage, this fighter of Swedish and Russian descent sidelines as a model.
Sources: sherdog.com, mmajunkie.com, ufc.com, bloodyelbow.com
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