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MMA is a brutal and bloody sport. Professional fighters sacrifice their health for the amusement of the fans. Since the days of the Roman Empire, men have been fighting against one another to prove who was the best.

Unlike the courageous gladiators of the past, the fighters of today choose to do battle all on their own. The ultimate prize is a championship belt and millions of dollars. However, most fighters end up losing a piece of themselves by the time that their careers come to an end.

Brain damage is a real thing, and it’s very sad to see the legends of the sport suffer when they get older. What makes it even scarier is the fact that beautiful women fight in the octagon as well.

The thrill of fighting in a cage in front of thousands of people must be like none other. But, it comes at a price, and sometimes, it gets a bit difficult for the fans to watch. As a huge fan of MMA, I rarely miss a UFC event. With that being said, there have been a few times that I have wished that I didn’t have to watch a gorgeous woman’s face get rearranged.

However, who am I to tell a woman that she should not fight? The fact is simple some women were born to be fighters. It’s hard to deny that Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate belong in the octagon.

As way to honor the brave female fighters of the UFC, I have decided to put together a list of The Top 15 Hottest Female MMA Fighters of 2016.

15. Raquel Pennington

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Raquel Pennington is one of the most underrated female fighters in the UFC. She has fought some of the toughest women in the Bantamweight Division, including Holly Holm. Raquel won her last fight against Bethe Correia via split decision.

Pennington is expected to fight again in the near future. Outside of the cage, Raquel is an advocate for same sex marriage. She is an openly gay fighter, and we are proud that she has chosen to live her life the way that she wants to.

14. Amanda Nunes

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Amanda Nunes is relatively unknown to the casual fans of MMA. However, with a victory over the current Women’s Bantamweight Champion at UFC 200, Amanda Nunes has the opportunity to become just as well known as Ronda Rousey.

Nunes won her last three fights in spectacular fashion, and she has earned the right to challenge Miesha Tate for the UFC gold. This Brazilian beauty is already gorgeous, but a UFC belt around her waist would make her even more desirable.

13. Jessica Eye

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Although she lost her last two fights by decision, Jessica Eye is a tough fighter. Even Dana White has openly praised Jessica for the way that she fights. However, if she wants to continue fighting in the UFC, she must defeat Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 88. Three straight losses in the UFC usually leads to a pink slip.

It would be very unfortunate if the UFC were to let go of Jessica Eye. She has a ton of heart, and she’s absolutely beautiful.

12. Jessica Aguilar

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Jessica Aguilar is a top ranked UFC Strawweight fighter. She was on a ten fight win streak before she lost to Claudia Gadelha at UFC 190. Nonetheless, Aguilar is still a great fighter, and she has a long career ahead of her.

Aguilar is a Mexican born athlete who resides in America. She trains at American Top Team with some of the best athletes in the world. You can expect to see a lot more of her in the near future.

11. Bethe Correia

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Bethe Correia is a top fighter in the Women’s Bantamweight Division. She was on a tear before she challenged Ronda Rousey for the title at UFC 190. Correia only lasted 34 seconds before she was knocked out by an onslaught of strikes from Rousey.

While the matchup between Correia and Rousey was a bit of a letdown, the weigh-ins from the night before proved to be memorable. Bethe and Ronda stepped onto the scale in sexy bikinis. The fans were excited to see Ronda, but they were equally pleased when they saw Beth Correia’s incredibly hot body.

10. Felice Herrig

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This American beauty is a bad girl who can fight. Felice has a record of 10-6, but she’s only been defeated once in the UFC. She hasn’t fought since her loss to Paige Vanzant in 2015, but Felice plans on coming back stronger than ever.

Herrig regularly posts extremely hot pictures of herself on Instagram and Twitter. Felice works hard to stay in shape, and she loves to show off her body. Although she isn’t the greatest fighter at this point of her career, she is one of the hottest.

9. Alexis Davis

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Alexis Davis is a Canadian born fighter who has been in the sport of MMA for quite some time. Davis is 4-1 in the UFC, and her only loss came against Ronda Rousey back in 2014.

Davis won her last fight, and she hopes to string a few more wins together. Aside from being a great fighter, Alexis Davis is also very attractive. She has a sexy tattoo on the left side of her body. Davis is also one of the fittest females in the sport.

8. Milana Dudieva

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Milana Dudieva has the appearance of a sweet and innocent girl. While she might be a nice girl outside of the cage, she’s a beast inside of it. Dudieva is a Russian born submission expert. Milana’s official MMA record is 11-4, and six of her victories have come by way of submission.

When she’s not tearing off limbs inside of the cage, Milana Dudieva enjoys relaxing and cuddling with her teddy bear on the couch. In fact, Milana once posted a sexy picture of herself in a pair of short shorts with her cuddle buddy. With that being said, she’s definitely a fighter that I want to see more of in the future.

7. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk is probably the scariest female fighter in the entire sport of MMA. However, there is something sexy about this stone cold killing machine. Joanna is a tiny woman who fights in the strawweight division. She is the champion, and most of her opponents crumble under the pressure that she brings to the octagon. Claudia Gadelha is the only fighter who has given Joanna a tough fight. Of course, Joanna won, but the two females will meet again on July 8th.

While Joanna is a frightening individual inside of the cage, she’s actually quite soft-spoken outside of it. Joanna is just a sweet Polish girl who happens to be a ruthless savage.

6. Holly Holm

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Holly Holm is known as the “Preacher’s Daughter.” One look at Holly, and you would swear that she is nothing more than a sweet country girl. Of course, anyone who assumes that would sorely be mistaken. Holly Holm is the best striker in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division.

On November 15, 2015, Holly Holm shocked the world when she knocked out Ronda Rousey with a vicious head kick. Unfortunately for Holm, she lost her next fight in heartbreaking fashion against Miesha Tate at UFC 196. While she is no longer the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Holly Holm is still very hot.

5. Julianna Pena

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Julianna Pena is an absolutely gorgeous woman. She has a beautiful face and smoking hot body. Pena’s nickname is the Venezuelan Vixen, and it’s not hard to see why. She is a dark skinned beauty who can kick some serious ass.

Pena is currently undefeated in the UFC. Her next fight comes against Cat Zingano at UFC 200. A win over Cat would be a huge step towards a title shot for the Women’s Bantamweight Championship.

If you’re like me and you can’t wait to see more of Julianna Pena, you should definitely visit her Instagram. Pena regularly posts hot pictures for her fans to enjoy… Have fun my friends.

4. Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey is unquestionably the most popular female fighter in the history of MMA. She has done so much for the sport. Aside from being one of the most dominant fighters in recent years, Rousey has also crossed over into the pop culture world.

Ronda has starred in a number of films, but it’s her fighting career that made her famous. Unfortunately for Rousey, she was knocked out cold by Holly Holm in her last fight. While she is set for a return in the near future, the fans are wondering if she will ever be the same. Nonetheless, Rousey is still one of the hottest female athletes in the sport of MMA. In fact, she recently graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in a body paint bikini.

3. Paige VanZant

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Paige Vanzant is one of the most popular female prospects in the UFC. She fights in the Strawweight Division. Paige was riding high on a three fight win streak before she lost to Rose Namajunas. Paige was beaten to a bloody pulp in her last fight, and she has yet to return to training.

Rather than placing the blonde beauty in another tough matchup, Dana White thought it would be a good idea to give Paige a bit of a break. Today, Paige Vanzant is a contestant on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ In fact, she recently earned a perfect score with her partner Mark Ballas. While she is a great dancer, I have a feeling that Paige will be back in the octagon later this year.

2. Claudia Gadelha

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Claudia Gadelha is one of the best fighters in the UFC. She will challenge Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Strawweight Championship sometime in the near future. Claudia’s first meeting with Joanna was memorable, but she ended up losing a split decision to the Polish assassin.

Claudia and Joanna are evenly matched when it comes to fighting. However, if the UFC was a beauty pageant, Claudia Gadelha would be the undisputed Strawweight Champion.

Like most UFC fighters, Gadelha is in perfect shape. Her face is also beautiful, and she happens to have an amazing booty as well. This Brazilian bombshell also has a beauty mark on the left side of her face, which adds even more sexiness to her already perfect package.

1. Miesha Tate

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Miesha Tate has had a long and storied career in the UFC. Tate was always second to Rousey, but not in this category. It is my personal belief that Miesha is hotter than Ronda, and she is also the current champion of the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division. Tate finally won the UFC title when she choked out Holly Holm in the fifth round of their title fight at UFC 196.

Miesha Tate has a ridiculously hot body, and she most likely has the best booty in MMA as well. Aside from being very attractive, Tate is also a nice girl. What’s hotter than a beautiful woman who can kick your ass, but chooses not to?

MMA fans can watch Miesha Tate defend her championship against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.

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