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.
She gave up her modeling career to be a UFC fighter.
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.
It is a blessing and a curse at the same time when you have a face as pretty as Carano’s. This Texas native has always been taken with a pinch of salt all through her fighting career because of her pretty face. And also, because of her beauty and her awesome fighting skills, she gained more fans; and after her success in Muay Thai, she received an offer from Jamie Levine to have her first MMA fight where she won against Leiticia Pestova via knockout.
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.
This MMA beauty is a perfect example of your ideal girl because she can be as tough as a guy and enjoys being girly at the same time. When not inside the ring, you can find her working as a nail tech at Hot Heads and Cool Claws.
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.
She started out as a Karate student at the age of 10. She is a black belt in American Freestyle Karate and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Also, this Karate hottie has a mixed martial arts record of only 4 losses (1 knockout, 2 submissions and 1 decision) out of 13 wins (3 knockouts, 8 submissions and 2 decisions). In addition to this, she is also good at WuShu, Muay Thai, boxing and wrestling. She is beautiful, yet deadly.
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.
Rousey is born to AnnMaria De Mars, the first U.S. citizen to win a World Judo Championship in 1984. She trained Judo with her mother and at the age of 17, she became the youngest Judoka in Olympic Games in Athens. In 2010, she debuted as an amateur MMA fighter where she defeated her opponent in just 23 seconds.
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.
Like most female MMA fighters, she grew up being boyish and she even wrestled with boys throughout high school. Her friend encouraged her to train in MMA and from there, she found a new love for 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).
Currently, she is considered to be one of the Best Female Bantamweights and Best Pound For Pound Female MMA fighters.
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.
Also, she is a former competitive bodybuilder and was once a club bouncer. In addition, she holds a black belt in Karate, and also trained in Judo and Muay Thai. Furthermore, she was named champion in IJKA Russian Karate twice, and has won multiple Russian Grappling, as well as MMA tournaments.
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.
Namajunas had an impressive record of 4 wins (2 total knockouts and 2 decisions) and zero losses when she started to compete as an amateur in MMA, back in 2010. Her first fight as a professional fighter was also impressive. She won by a submission caused by a rear-naked choke in the third round. She now has a total MMA record of 7 fights, where she had 5 wins and 2 losses.
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.
This 21-year old fighter started training and competing at a very young age. Both of her parents are martial artists, as well as her siblings. She holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.
2 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Joanna “JJ” Jedrzejczyk is a 28-year old Polish fighter. She started training in Muay Thai when she was a teenager and joined competitions after some time. JJ has a kickboxing record of 27 wins and 2 losses, and a mixed martial arts record of 11 wins and zero losses. Also, she competed in Muay Thai for a decade where she won 70 matches, 6 world Championships, and four Championships in Europe. Just last month, she starred in a reality show, The Ultimate Fighter 23, where she was the head coach. However, she said she is unhappy with how she is being portrayed in the show.
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.