Gina Carano is often credited with helping put women’s MMA on the Map. From there, Rhonda Rousey grabbed the ball and took it to the next level. Today it’s not uncommon to see several women featured prominently in major MMA promotions around the world. Needless to say, these ladies put in a lot of hard work in order to stay in peak physical condition. This is required in order to be able to compete at the highest level of the sport. One of the nice side effects of this type of training is developing the type physique that would have even a bikini model envious.
The world outside of the MMA media has certainly noticed the great beauty possessed by many of today’s top female fighters. Popular magazine’s like Maxim, Sports Illustrated, and even Espn have all prominently featured some of these ladies in less than full attire. The phrase “movie star good looks” certainly applies here, as some of these women have even been featured in major motions pictures. Corporate Americas has even got aboard with these starlets by featuring them in various television ads. However, as the saying goes, “seeing is believing”. With that in mind let’s take a look at 15 photo’s that leave no doubt, that female mixed martial artists are some of the most beautiful women in the world today.
15. Paige VanZant
No. This isn’t a model or ballerina. This is 22-year old UFC strawweight contender Paige VanZant. Don’t let her good looks fool you, VanZant is a fierce competitor in the Octagon who has already collected 7 professional wins, prior to her 23rd birthday. You may also recognize VanZant from her stint on Dancing with the Stars, where she finished second overall. The Oregon native was also featured in her own MetroPCS wireless commercial. I’m sure there are more than few guys out there who wouldn’t mind getting her number. A discussion of the hottest females in MMA wouldn’t be complete without mentioning VanZant, just take a look at this photo if you have any doubt.
14. Gina Carano
Gina Carano’s star power has transcended the sport of mixed martial arts. Carano went 7-1 as a pro with her only loss coming against Cristiane Justino, who many consider the best pound-for-pound fighter in all of women’s MMA. However, in recent years Carano has also gained a great deal of notoriety, since leaving the sport back in 2009. She was even able to land the leading role in the Hollywood thriller Haywire. Moreover, the former featherweight starred in the Marvel film Deadpool. It’s a classic case of movie star good looks turning someone into… well… a movie star. The American Gladiators fans out there might also remember Carano as gladiator Crush, in the series’ second run. Leaving MMA early probably made sense for Carano. After all, it would be a shame to see a face like that take unnecessary damage.
13. Anastasia Yankova
There’s a chance that Anastasia Yankova might be the hottest woman in MMA that you’ve never heard of. However, once you get a glimpse of the Russian flyweight, it’s unlikely you’ll soon forget her. The Moscow product is currently undefeated with a 4-0 record. She currently competes for Viacom’s Bellator MMA promotion. If Yankova continues to develop, she could easily become Bellator’s first breakout female star. Let’s be honest, with looks like that, even if she doesn’t continue to develop, there will still be more than few fans that will be eager to tune it. As it stands, Yankova might be the hottest athlete to come out of Moscow since tennis star Anna Kournikova. If you needed a reason to check out Bellator MMA, I’ve just given you one.
12. Felice Herrig
Fresh off of her upset win over highly rated prospect Alexa Grasso, Herrig is poised to make waves in the UFC strawweight division. She has admitted to struggling with confidence issues following her loss to Paige Van Zant back in April of 2015. However, it’s clear that former kickboxer isn’t struggling when it comes to staying in shape. From the looks of it, Herrig could enter a fitness competition tomorrow and would likely do pretty well. Since her UFC debut on the reality series The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion will be crowned, the Lil Bulldog has never been short on sex appeal. She recently challenged Paige Van Zant to a rematch in a recent post-fight interview. I’m sure there are plenty of folks who would love to see those two share the cage again.
11. Michelle Waterson
It’s fair to say Michelle Waterson’s nickname “The Karate Hottie” fits like a glove. The former Invicta FC atom weight champion is certainly easy on the eyes. When Waterson faced Paige Van Zant back in December of 2016, the cage nearly burst trying to contain the overwhelming hotness radiating from both women. I almost forgot, she’s also a pretty darn good fighter. In fact, Waterson holds an impressive record of 2-0 since her debut in the UFC. She surprised many fight pundits when she submitted Van Zant with relative ease in the first round of their matchup. She also trains with fellow fight babe Holly Holm in New Mexico. MMA enthusiasts will surely get a kick out watching the Karate Hottie’s career unfold.