The social media platform known as Instagram has helped bring sports fans closer than ever to their favorite athletes. It provides an opportunity for stars to share photos and keep the masses up to date on their daily activities. Moreover, it also serves as an outlet for these athletes to post some of the hottest photos currently available on the internet!
If one is looking for a group of athletes that has taken full advantage of the exposure Instagram can provide than look no further than this incredibly beautiful group of female mixed martial artists.
These ladies are required to stay in peak physical condition in order to be able to compete at the highest level inside the Octagon. This results in many of these young women having physiques that are "fan friendly" to say the least.
Some female MMA fighters use Instagram as a platform to showcase their sex appeal in hopes of becoming more marketable inside the cage. Conversely, there are also several fighters who simply look great while going about their daily business. The photos you are about to see provide an up close and personal look into the lives of some the most beautiful women in all of sports.
Here are 15 hot MMA Instagram pics you NEED to see.
15 Paige VanZant
Paige VanZant has become one of the most popular female fighters in the UFC in a relatively short period of time. The scrappy native of Dundee, Oregon has captured the hearts of fight fans around the world with her exciting fights an undeniable sex appeal. She has even been featured in several television shows like Dancing with the Stars as well as the Food Network's hit series Chopped.
This photo shows the UFC standout leaning against the wall in her black undergarments while looking down at cup of coffee. One glimpse at this stunning post and it becomes quite easy to ascertain why Paige VanZant is considered by many fans to be one of the hottest females in the sport. Her hashtag “Beautiful Nightmare” sums her up quite nicely.
14 Felice Herrig
Buffalo, Illinois product Felice Herrig has been competing in mixed martial arts professionally since 2009. The 32-year old is 12-6 as a pro and has won three of her last four fights, including an upset win over surging prospect Alexa Grasso. Fans may also recognize Herrig from her stint on The Ultimate Fighter Season 20, where she competed in a tournament to become the first ever UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.
Herrig is an athlete who isn’t shy about showing off her well-toned figure on social media. This image shows the Strawweight contender dressed as the comic hero, Power Girl. It will no doubt have many cosplay fans out there drooling. In truth, one doesn’t need to be a cosplay fan to appreciate this image. Herrig is an excellent example of an athlete who knows how to use Instagram to increase her fan base.
13 Michelle Waterson
Michelle Waterson is a former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion and current UFC Strawweight contender. She has submission wins over top female fighters such as Paige VanZant and Jessica Penne. Her model-like appearance has helped earn her the nickname ‘The Karate Hottie." Moreover, she is also one of former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm’s primary training partners.
After seeing this Instagram post, it’s fair to say that her nickname ‘The Karate Hottie" isn’t a stretch. However, stretching in definitely something she excels at, based on this photo. The quote below picture says “Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you!” While the statement may be true for some folks, one might safely assume that most fans are more than happy with this version of Michelle Waterson.
12 Andrea Lee
Andrea "KGB" Lee is one of the most popular fighters signed to the all-female MMA promotions known as Invicta FC. However, one shouldn’t be fooled by the nickname as Lee is hardly a Russian special agent. In fact, she isn’t Russian at all. The Muay Thai fighter was born in Atlanta, Texas. She is 7-2 as a professional mixed martial artist and has won her last three fights in a row.
This Instagram photo shows that the Invicta standout definitely knows how to rock a bikini. She likely turned a few heads wherever she may have gone to enjoy her “Rest day Monday.” This post shows the Texas native isn’t short on sex appeal. Lee is an exciting striker who is a joy to watch compete and also has a marketable appearance; don’t be surprised if she turns up in the UFC sooner rather than later.
11 Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey is easily the most famous fighter on our list. The former Women’s Bantamweight Champion won 12 consecutive fights in a row before suffering her first defeat at the hands of Holly Holm. After back-to-back losses to Holm and Amanda Nunes, the Ronda Rousey bandwagon has cleared out a bit. That being said, she is still the most recognizable name in women’s mixed martial arts and played a key role in setting the stage for females to compete in the UFC.
This photo shows Rousey grinning from ear-to-ear after making weight before her bout at UFC 190 with Bethe Correia. Her weigh-in outfit is figure-flattering, to say the least, as even the gentlemen standing in the background appears to appreciate the former champion’s impressive physique.
10 Amanda Bobby Cooper
What my Memorial Day consisted of :) snorkeling with sea turtles, cliff diving, BBQ with the fire department and soldiers in Curaçao and a flight To Miami. I'll be back home in the morning. What an incredible trip this has been. Very thankful for this opportunity and I can't wait to do it again. #memorialday #CoffeeAndWifi #troops #goodwilltour
Amanda Bobby Cooper is best known for her stint on UFC’s reality series The Ultimate Fighter. She competed on the 23rd season of the program, which featured head coaches Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She defeated Jamie Moyle and Lanchana Green before being submitted in the final round by the tournament winner, Tatiana Suarez.
Cooper looks nothing short of amazing In her bathing suit while posing for this Instagram photo. Based on the caption, it would appear this image was taken on Memorial Day while enjoying some time in the Caribbean. It’s likely that there are more than few MMA fans out there who would love to spend some time vacationing with Amanda Bobby Cooper. Posts like this one will certainly help the 25-year-old continue grow her fan base.
9 Valentina Schevchenko
Valentina Shevchenko is a Muay Thai specialist who was born in Frunze, Kirghizia, a part of the former Soviet Union. Her recent victories against the likes of Holly Holm and Julianna Pena have helped her earn a title shot against current Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. The two women are scheduled to headline UFC 213 on July 8, 2017. Nunes won a hard fought decision the first time they met back in March of 2016.
All the hours of hard work put in at the gym have resulted in an impressive bikini bod for Valentina Shevchenko (shown on the left). Her sister, Antonia Shevchenko (shown on the right), who is also a fighter, is quite the beauty in her own right. Shevchenko is no doubt hoping to be able to post some Instagram photos with the UFC Bantamweight Championship after UFC 213.
8 Anastasia Yankova
Anastasia Yankova is well on her way to becoming the face of Bellator MMA’s women’s division. The Russian beauty who originally hails from Moscow is 3-0 in Bellator and has a spotless 5-0 record overall as a professional mixed martial artist. The 26-year-old is still relatively inexperienced but could become a major draw in the sport if she can continue her winning ways.
The Russian flaunts her signature curves in this stunning one-piece outfit while taking a selfie. To say that Anastasia Yankova has a marketable appearance might be the understatement of the decade. Instagram posts like this one leave little doubt that the Moscow native is the hottest female in all of Bellator MMA. For those out there who haven’t seen Yankova before…you're welcome.
7 Holly Holm
Holly Holm became an international star and the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion when she knocked out Ronda Rousey with her iconic head kick. Since that time, Holm has become one of the sport’s biggest stars and has headlined several events despite going 1-3 since her victory over Rousey. In spite of her setbacks, Holm’s recent KO victory over Bethe Correia may be the beginning of career resurgence for the blonde beauty.
Unlike some other female fighters, Holm doesn’t seem to post as many proactive images. With a nickname like the ‘The Preacher’s Daugther,’ it probably isn’t much of a surprise that she opts to go the more conservative route on social media. That being said, you can still find fun images like this one that highlights the former champ's playful side.
6 Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate is one of the most accomplished women to ever compete in the Octagon. Tate is a former World Champion who holds victories over the likes of Holly Holm, Sara McMann, and Marloes Coenen. Her feud with Ronda Rousey was one of the most memorable rivalries in the history of women’s MMA. She recently retired from active competition and currently works for Fox Sports 1 as a mixed martial arts analyst.
Tate is keeping it classy in this gorgeous blue cocktail dress. The brunette fighter's obvious sex appeal no doubt played at least a minor role in her rise to superstardom in the UFC. Her hashtag “#Strongisthenewsexy” definitely goes with the image she provided. Even in retirement, Tate is still one of most beautiful women currently associated with the sport.
5 Megan Anderson
Australian powerhouse Megan Anderson has won her last four fights in Invicta FC via TKO stoppage. In her most recent bout, she defeated Charmaine Tweet and captured the Invicta FC Interim Featherweight Championship, which was later changed to the undisputed version of the title when Cris "Cyborg" Justino left for the UFC. The 27-year-old will face a difficult challenge at UFC 214 on July 29th when she squares off against Justino for the UFC Women’s Championship.
The 6-foot-tall Anderson has the height and overall appearance one might expect from a runway model. A runway model with a lot of tattoos, but a runway model nonetheless. The image highlights her impressively long legs and athletic physique. Anderson definitely will gain more than a few Instagram followers if she can beat Justino this coming July.
4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Polish MMA standout Karolina Kowalkiewicz is currently the #2 ranked fighter in the UFC women’s strawweight division. She was some impressive victories over division standouts like Rose Namajunas and Randa Markos. In fact, before her recent loss against current strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Kowalkiewicz had a perfect 10-0 record as a professional. She has only lost to the two best women in her division (Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha), and it wouldn’t take much for her to earn another crack at UFC gold
Kowalkiewicz looks gorgeous in her official UFC-Reebok gear. In truth, Kowalkiewicz name should probably come up more often when folks discuss beautiful MMA fighters; maybe it’s because her last name is so hard to pronounce. In any case, Karolina Kowalkiewicz is yet another stunning beauty currently on the UFC roster.
3 Arianny Celeste
I took for granted my freedom and never really knew how valuable it was until I visited other countries and saw how other people live. We are truly blessed to live in a place where u can pursue your dreams and aspirations no matter what ethnicity or gender you are. Thank you to all of the men and women who put their life on the line to protect our country. I am proud to be an American woman. Happy Memorial Day! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸#memorialday
Arianne Celeste is probably the most recognizable ring girl in the history of the UFC. She has been featured in well-known publications such as Playboy and Maxim. The native of Las Vegas, Nevada was named Ring Girl of the Year back in 2008 at the first-ever MMA Awards. While it was her first time winning the award, it certainly wouldn’t be her last. In fact, Celeste has won the award a record-setting six times.
The ring girl wished her Instagram followers a happy Memorial Day in this particular post while wearing this exotic outfit. One might ask, what a picture of Arianne Celeste in a bathing suit has to do with Memorial Day. The answer is absolutely nothing, but it’s still a pretty hot photo.
2 Brittney Palmer
Brittney Palmer’s undeniable beauty has helped to make her one of the most famous ring girls in the UFC. She has been featured on the cover of Playboy magazine. Other than Arianne Celeste, Palmer is the only other woman to win Ring Girl of the Year honors at the MMA Awards on more than one occasion. She won the honor in both 2012 and 2013.
Palmer knows how to work the camera while wearing revealing lingerie. One glimpse at this particular image and it becomes apparent that Palmer is very comfortable in front of the camera. It’s no surprise that this particular picture got over 14,000 likes on Instagram. Moreover, this shot helps to remind mixed martial arts fans around the world exactly why Brittney Palmer is a must follow on social media.
1 Chrissy Blair
Chrissy Blair is a ring girl who really loves her job. In fact, on her UFC profile page, she was even quoted as saying “I’m so excited to be involved with one of the and best fight promotion companies in the world.” The blonde bombshell knows how to get the crowd’s attention while circling the octagon. It wouldn’t be surprising if Blair won Ring Girl of the Year honors at some point in her career.
Chrissy Blair sizzles while modeling her Guess apparel in Miami Beach, Florida. This ring girl most certainly has a future in undergarment modeling if she ever decides to give up her UFC gig. As it stands, Blair remains one of the most beautiful women to ever walk around the octagon.