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Top 10 Female MMA Fighters

Over the past few years, Mixed Martial Arts, more commonly known as MMA Fighting, has taken the world by storm. The sport combines aspects of kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, and Jui Jitsu to create a new

Over the past few years, Mixed Martial Arts, more commonly known as MMA Fighting, has taken the world by storm. The sport combines aspects of kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, and Jui Jitsu to create a new style of organized fighting. The biggest event is Ultimate Cage Fighting, or simply the UFC. The UFC started out as a MMA league for guys, but has transitioned to allow women to fight due to the growing popularity of the sport.

We hear it all the time. “That is a guys sport.” There is a common stereotype in athletics that suggests some sports are only for men. People buy into this way of thinking and believe women should not be able to compete in these games because they will not be as good or be able to create as much interest as the men’s version. This initially rang true for women’s MMA, but over time we have seen the level of competition and public interest become equal to that of the men’s competition.

Guys who believe women are not as tough as men definitely need to see these ladies fight. Better yet, they should enter the ring with them. A quick hit from one of these girls would easily change that opinion. These fighters have been trained by the best and have fought their way to the top. Each one of the members of this list are more than deserving of the same level of recognition male MMA fighters get. Until they do, they will keep on fighting and one day we will remember them as some of the most dangerous fighters to ever enter the octagon.

10 Ayaka Hamasaki

9 Claudia Gadelha

8 Sara McMann

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7 Marloes Coenen

6 Jessica Eye

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5 Alexis Davis

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4 Jessica Aguilar

3 Sarah Kaufman

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2 Cat Zingano

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1 Ronda Rousey

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Ronda “Roudy” Rousey is women’s MMA’s finest fighter. She was the first ever female UFC Bantamweight Champion; a title she still holds. Before becoming a professional MMA fighter, Rousey was competing in the Olympics. In 2008, she became the first American to medal is women’s Judo at the Games. In her first MMA fight, she knocked out Hayden Munoz in the first 23 seconds of the fight. Since that match, she has won an additional eight straight. The undefeated, fourth degree black belt is credited with introducing trash talking into the sport. Rousey is constantly belittling her opponents in the ring and on TV. She claims it is a way to make the sport more appealing to viewers. Obviously, it has not only done this, but it has also allowed her to get into her opponents’ heads and break their focus.

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