In July 2016, the UFC made major headlines when it was sold by longtime owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta to talent agency WME-IMG for an estimated $4.1 billion. The Fertitta brothers had purchased the UFC in 2001 for what at the time was believed to be a risky $2 million dollars.
In 2016, it’s hard to imagine that fifteen years prior the UFC was deemed a risky purchase. However, many state athletic commissions had ruled that the UFC was too violent a sport for their state to approve. As a result, UFC didn’t have the global and statewide popularity as it does today.
With polarizing figures such as Jon Jones, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey leading the charge for the UFC in both past and present, the company’s only gaining more and more steam.
The fighters aren’t the only enjoyable part about the UFC, however. The company employs a wide array of beauties, including those tough women who fight in the octagon and the ring girls who are there to ooze sex appeal.
Here are the top 20 hottest women in the UFC.
20. Vanessa Hanson
In recent years Vanessa Hanson has become one of the UFC’s most showcased ring girls along with Chrissy Blair, Arianny Celeste and Brittany Palmer. Hanson’s a California girl by way of America’s second most populated city, Los Angeles. She has a girl next door look to her and her Instagram seems to validate that. Hanson may have over a quarter million followers but she seems as down to Earth as she can be despite her popularity. Hanson’s Instagram mostly contains pictures of her at UFC events, her with her boyfriend, who by the way is you regular everyday dude, food (especially tacos) and sexy selfies that her followers would greatly appreciate more of. Hanson is also a fan of yoga, cooking, posing as a film critic and reading.
19. Michelle Waterson
Waterson’s coming off the biggest win of her career by way of defeating Paige VanZant in her hometown of Sacramento, California. With the W, the “Karate Hottie’s” name and recognition is sure to rise as more opportunities will be available to her. Waterson was a former Atomweight Champion in the Invicta promotion which is a 105 pound weight class. In addition to being one of UFC’s prettiest faces, Waterson is a mother to an adorable five-year-old, Araya. The origin of Waterson’s Karate Hottie nickname comes from her spokesmodel days for Bikini.Com. When those at Bikini.Com were told of Waterson’s karate background, she was dubbed the nickname “Karate Hottie”. The tantalizing Thai, Waterson fights out of the same gym as Holly Holm at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
18. Camila Oliveira
The Brazilian bombshell Camila Oliveira has been with the UFC since 2013 but is no stranger to showcasing her beauty as she’s been modeling since the age of sixteen. Oliveira had a very unforgettable UFC debut as well as she debuted when her countryman, Anderson “the Spider” Silva was knocked out by the “All-American”, Chris Weidman. For those on Instagram, do yourself a favor and give @CamilaOliveiraReal a follow; the girl practically lives in a two piece bikini! She’s also obviously a daddy’s girl as she claims that the most handsome man she knows is her very own father. Unfortunately for Oliveira’s mother her daughter doesn’t regard her looks like she regards her father’s as she points at Angelina Jolie as the most beautiful woman she has laid eyes on.
17. Felice Herrig
At 5’6” and 115 pounds, Felice Herrig has an apt nickname – Lil’ Bulldog. The thirty-two year old captivating blonde Herring was born in Buffalo Grove, Illinois and sports an 11-6 MMA record. Herring’s expertise is in the kickboxing department as prior to her embarking on an MMA career she racked up twenty-three victories and only five losses as a kick boxer. Herrig first appeared for the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale where she defeated Heather Jo Clark in the prelims round but came up short against Randa Markos in the second round. Herrig has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is coming off a W against Kailin Curran in July of 2016 on the Holly Holm versus Valentina Shevchenko card.