A lot of people enjoy humiliating Ronda Rousey for losing back-to-back fights but if it wasn’t for her, women’s MMA might not be in the UFC. If you didn’t know, Showtime’s defunct MMA promotion StrikeForce, revolutionized women’s MMA on a large scale across the nation and the world years ago. Gina Carano, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, Miesha Tate, and Ronda Rousey could be considered the Mount Rushmore of that era and women’s MMA has blown up ever since. Rousey obviously was the one on top of the promotion and because of her fighting style, as well as good looks, Dana White and the UFC finally changed their mind about women’s MMA.
Today, women are being given the same respect as their male counterparts, which wasn’t the case a decade ago. They headline cards, create great feuds, and show grit and toughness. Another great feature is the level of hotness many of these warriors have. There’s something special about a lady that could handle herself in a fight as a well as look good on a beach.
Of course, these girls have some bumps and bruises because of their occupation, and if chicks with some muscle make you feel emasculated then this list isn’t for you. It’s actually incredibly awesome that some of these female fighters can look tough one day and like perfect models the next. Enjoy.
16 Michelle Waterson
This beautiful bombshell has practically been on every list like this since her MMA debut in 2007. While the average fan was going bonkers over established stars Miesha Tate and Gina Carano, those that are diehards knew all about Michelle Waterson hotness when she was fighting in promotions like Invicta FC and Ring of Fire. Known as “The Karate Hottie,” Waterson finally made her UFC debut in 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.
15 Claudia Gadelha
Her full name is Ana Cláudia Dantas Gadelha but we'll just use “Claudinha” for now. Born and raised in Brazil, the Strawweight fighter has an overall record of 15-2. She would make her UFC debut in 2014 and beat Tina Lähdemäki by decision at UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone versus Miller. She has four wins in the UFC, however, there is one person that has her number.
Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk would beat her twice but both times Claudinha went the distance with her. With a two fight win streak and the ranked second in the division, the UFC doesn’t usually reward a third match against an opponent that has already beaten her twice. Claudinha will have to be a gatekeeper for now and needs to keep racking up the wins for another title shot.
14 Tecia Torres
It’s remarkable how different a female fighter looks on fight night compared to a day at the beach or at some special event. It’s like night or day, and just another testament to the intelligence of women in the beauty department. Tecia Torres is one of those gals that can look battered and bruised one day and then the next day, she'll look like a model.
13 Maryna Moroz
Known as “The Iron Woman,” Maryna Moroz hails from Ukraine, but is fighting out of Moscow, Russia. Moroz has an overall record of 8-2 but took a hit in the Strawweight rankings when she lost to Carla Esparza at UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa versus Lee in June. The loss puts her out of the top ten in the division, however, at just 25 years old, Moroz has a ton of potential and time to get back into the championship picture.
12 Felice Herrig
“The Lil Bulldog” made her MMA debut in 2009 and is one of the most experienced fighters in the UFC’s Strawweight Division. After fighting in XFC and Bellator, Herrig finally made it to the big show when she became a contender on UFC’s reality television show The Ultimate Fighter Season 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned.
Herrig has been on fire since the show, going 4-1 in the UFC and has an overall record of 13-6. Her last fight came against Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa versus Lee in June. She just cracked the top ten of the Strawweight Division but still has to win a few more matches before receiving that coveted title shot. If you enjoy her look, there are more tantalizing photos of Herrig online.
11 Ronda Rousey
We start with the most obvious choice and that's UFC legend Ronda Rousey. Despite her recent brutal loses in the octagon her star continues to shine with various Hollywood roles. Yes, her UFC legacy plays a big part, but it's her look that also helps as she has the mean side, along with the smoking hot side as well, something her fans have grown to love.
10 1o. Amanda Cooper
Amanda “ABC” Cooper was lights out while on UFC’s reality television show The Ultimate Fighter Season 23: Team Joanna versus Team Claudia, winning three straight exhibition matches. However, having momentum because of exhibition bouts don’t necessarily transfer over to the real matches. She has gone 1-2 since The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in 2016.
In her last match, she would lose to Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 209: Woodley versus Thompson 2 earlier this year. The beautiful blonde is only 25 years old and still has a long MMA career ahead of her. If she doesn’t start getting some wins under her belt, she won’t be with the promotion for much longer. Just because she doesn’t have the best record it doesn’t mean we don’t have to appreciate her beauty.
9 Carla Esparza
For having the nickname “The Cookie Monster,” it sure doesn’t look like Carla Esparza eats a lot of cookies. She would make her debut on UFC’s reality television show The Ultimate Fighter Season 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned, in 2015. She’s been inconsistent in her last four matches, going 2-2, however, Esparza is coming off a win against Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa Versus Lee in June.
8 Veronica Macedo
Veronica Macedo may have lost her first fight in the UFC to Ashlee Evans-Smith in 2016 but at 21 years of age, the sky is the limit for this Bantamweight fighter. Born in Venezuela, Macedo now fights out of Poznań, Poland and has an overall MMA record of 5-1-1 in her young career. She was supposed to fight Lina Länsberg at UFC Fight Night 107: Manuwa versus Anderson but the fight was canceled due to an injury sustained by Macedo.
7 Rose Namajunas
Known as the “Thug,” Rose Namajunas breaks the stereotype that a girl with a shaved head isn’t attractive. The Strawweight fighter comes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but trains out of Arvada, Colorado at the Genesis Training Center. With an overall record of 7-3, she would win her last match by submission against Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX 24: Johnson versus Reis.
6 Kailin Curran
The Hawaii native has gone just 1-4 in the UFC since being part of the promotion. The Strawweight Division is the newest feature for the promotion so it’s no surprise that the UFC would keep someone with a losing record. Although her record has gone in the wrong direction, Curran does have an opportunity to change things soon.
5 Alexa Grasso
She looks like the lady you want to take home to mom but can also whoop your tail in a bedroom wrestling match. Fighting out of Guadalajara, Mexico, this 23-year-old alluring fighter has all the potential in the world to wreak havoc in the UFC. In a battle of undefeated records, Grasso would win in her UFC debut against Heather Clark at UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos versus Ferguson.
4 Pearl Gonzalez
Fighting out of Chicago, Pearl Gonzalez is not only one tough cookie but also a stunning lady. The Strawweight fighter has a record of 6-1 but is coming off a loss against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 210: Cormier versus Johnson 2 earlier this year. The loss was devastating for Gonzalez because it was her first taste of defeat in five years.
3 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Maybe the hottest fighter on this list, Karolina Kowalkiewicz was on fire when she debuted for the UFC in 2015 with an 8-0 record. She would win three straight fights against Randa Markos, Heather Clark, and Rose Namajunas and get a title shot against Strawweight kingpin Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She would lose by decision, which is pretty impressive, but took a hard lost in her next fight against Cláudia Gadelha at UFC 212: Aldo versus Holloway this year.
2 Aleksandra Albu
Whatever you think about Russia, you can’t deny the number of beautiful women in the country. It’s why James Bond always loved being assigned missions there. Aleksandra Albu could definitely be in a Bond movie and not just as the dame in distress but also somebody who could fight Bond in hand-to-hand combat. Her story is pretty interesting as she has taken a lot of time off since being signed by the UFC in 2013.
1 Paige VanZant
If you know anything about hot women in the UFC, then you know Paige VanZant was definitely making this list. She pretty much has fans wrapped around her finger and even if she keeps on losing, she’s going to be loved by many fans. The beautiful blonde bombshell fights out of Reno, Nevada for Team Alpha Male. The internet would explode when the UFC signed VanZant in 2014 and she didn’t disappoint when she beat Kailin Curran by way of TKO at UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar versus Swanson.
She’s gone 3-2 since then and has an overall record of 7-3. Her last match came against another beautiful lady of the UFC, Michelle Waterson, at UFC on FOX 22, a show in December of 2016 that was highlighted by the two. It looks like she’s trying to recharge her batteries in 2017 but a fight should be coming up soon.
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