Mixed martial arts requires a great deal of hard work and dedication if one wished to compete in the sport at the highest level. However, one of the benefits to putting in the rigorous hours of training is developing a physique that most human beings can only dream of having. There are two females in particular who have developed and successfully marketed their stunning figures. Those women are none other than former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and top 10 strawweight contender Paige VanZant.
Ronda Rousey is a stunning blonde who originally hails from Riverside, California. The 5-foot-7 green-eyed fighter has long been considered one of the most attractive females in the sport of MMA. Her undeniable sex appeal has helped make her one of the biggest names in the sport and also landed her several roles in major motion pictures.
Dundee, Oregon’s Paige VanZant has been able to win over fight fans with her gorgeous blonde hair and impressive athletic physique. Despite having never held or even fought for a title in her division, VanZant remains one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster. Her movie star good looks have earned her spots on many of the most popular television shows around.
These two ladies are clearly very beautiful and accomplished athletes but at the end of the day, which one is hotter?
Here are 16 of their best photos to help you the reader answer this very difficult question.
16 Ronda: Weights
Pic by @peggysirota for @rollingstone - it was so cool watching her work - this picture was taken at the Venice muscle beach gym and there wasn't enough space between me and the wall for her to fit my whole body in one picture. So she would go back and forth between photographing my upper body and legs and connected them together for the two page spread - I can't even tell where she connected the pictures!!! But absolutely love the effect it made to the background. Such a privilege to watch mastery in every profession 🙏
It must have taken a great deal of balance and strength to simply stay in position for this particular shot. However, the end results were defiantly worth it, as Ronda Rousey looks stunning in her futuristic attire. Based on the caption in this Instagram post, Rousey was modeling for Rolling Stone magazine and was pleased with the final product. The MMA star proves that she knows how to pose for the camera in this memorable picture.
Fun fact: Ronda Rousey has been romantically linked to two UFC heavyweight fighters. She was previously involved with former Ultimate Fighter contestant Brendan Schaub. After the two split, Rousey began dating another UFC heavyweight contender, Travis Browne. In fact, the couple recently announced their engagement in April of 2017.
15 Paige: Yoga Pants
There is no denying that Paige VanZant is one UFC fighter that knows how to rock yoga pants. This image highlights the strawweight contenders fit lower half. VanZant almost looks surprised that this shot is being taken but still manages to smile anyway. Of course, when you’re a successful fighter at 23 years of age and also happen to look like a model, then there is a lot to smile about.
Fun fact: VanZant was originally slated to compete for The Ultimate Fighter reality television show back in 2014. The winner of the tournament that season would become the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. However, VanZant was eventually pulled from the cast because she was under 21 years of age (she was 20 at the time) and there was alcohol present in The Ultimate Fighter house.
14 Ronda: Net Top
The former UFC Bantamweight Champion manages to look both intimidating, yet also very attractive at the same time. There aren’t too many swimsuit models that could get away with a facial expression like that, but Rousey makes it work in this photo. The California native helps create another breathtaking image while wearing a see-through top and black bikini bottoms. Ronda Rousey show she can model with the best of them in this stunning photograph.
Fun fact: Rousey had a very distinguished career in judo prior to competing in mixed martial arts. She competed in judo at the 2004 Olympic Games at just 17 years of age. Rousey returned for 2008 Olympic games in Bejing. However, this time she was able to capture a bronze medal by defeating German grappler Annett Boehm.
13 Paige: Cup Of Coffee
Paige VanZant looks gorgeous in her undergarments while leaning against the wall and getting ready to sip on a cup of coffee. The stunning blonde’s caption “beautiful nightmare” is fitting for this Instagram post as VanZant is both a very attractive and dangerous woman. This image proves that the female mixed martial artist can more than hold her own with any Victoria's Secret underwear model. Shots like this help remind folks why VanZant is a must-follow on Instagram.
Fun fact: It may be hard to believe, but Paige VanZant claims that she was considered a tomboy in her youth. In fact, her UFC nickname “12 Gauge” was chosen due to her love of hunting. There are certainly more than a few hunters out there would love to go shooting with the lovely strawweight contender.
12 Ronda: Workout Ready
Ronda Rousey shows us how to look stylish in a pair of yoga pants. It's pictures like this that reminds us why wearing athleisurewear has become some such a popular trend in recent years. This image helps highlight her toned figure. Rousey didn’t appear to have an ounce of fat on her back when she was training for her comeback fight with current UFC Bantamweight Champion, Amanda Nunes.
Fun fact: Ronda Rousey’s most recent fight took place on December 30, 2016. She took on Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Unfortunately, for Rousey fans at least, she lost via TKO in the very first round of the contest. After the fight, Rousey was rumored to be contemplating retirement and has not fought or been linked to any potential opponent since.
11 Paige: Short Shorts
Paige VanZant appears to be a country girl at heart while sporting a pair of Daisy Dukes. Her captivating smile, which is on full display in this image, is just one of the reasons she has been able to capture the attention of mixed martial arts fans around the world. This breathtaking photo leaves no doubt that Paige VanZant is indeed one of the hottest athletes currently competing in any sport.
Fun fact: VanZant appeared on the hit Food Network television series Chopped, a competitive cooking show. She was able to defeat American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill in the preliminary round to advance to the final contest. However, the Oregon product didn’t fare as well in the final round and wound up being the very first person to be eliminated.
10 Ronda: Surf's Up
Being an Olympic-level athlete and a world-class mixed martial artist, one would assume Ronda Rousey would also be an excellent surfer. While we don’t have a great deal of information regarding her wave riding skills, we do know that she looks pretty darn good carrying a surfboard in this photo. The former bronze medalist looks ready for a fun day at the beach in her extremely figure flattering bikini. Rousey is an athlete that always looks great in a two-piece swimsuit.
Fun fact: Prior to her first professional loss, Rousey had won 12 consecutive fights in a row. Moreover, she finished off 11 of the 12 opponents in the very first round. Miesha Tate was the only fighter who was able to make it out of round one with Rousey, during that span.
9 Paige: Unzipped Jeans
Paige VanZant is so hot in this photo she even started to take off her jeans. Dundee, Oregon’s favorite daughter looks amazing in this risqué image. If the whole” fighting in a cage” thing doesn’t work out then the strawweight fighter could definitely model full time. The 23-year-old reminds us that a girl can still look a 10 while competing in a sport that is often unkind to one’s facial features.
Fun fact: The blonde fighter won her first three contests in the UFC. She defeated the likes of Kailin Curran, Felice Herrig, and Alex Chambers’s respectively. Her first loss on the big stage came at the hands of top strawweight contender Rose Namajunas. Overall, VanZant has a 4-2 record in the UFC and has managed to finish off three opponents before the final round.
8 Ronda: Tiger Suit
It’s fair to say Ronda Rousey has the “eye of the tiger” in this form fitting stylish one-piece bathing suit. According to the caption below the image, this shot was taken for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Her signature curves are on full display as she strikes a fierce pose, while standing near the shoreline of what looks to be a tropical paradise. One look at this shot and it’s clear why Rousey was an excellent person to feature in the prestigious publication.
Fun fact: Rousey suffered her first defeat as a professional mixed martial artist in a bout against former boxing champ Holly Holm, which took place back in November of 2015. Holm won the bout via KO in the early part of the 2nd round.
7 Paige: Paddle Board
Paige VanZant shows off both her balance and impressive bikini bod in this Instagram post. The 23-year-old blonde appears to be enjoying a leisurely day of paddle boarding in this particular image. The hills in the photo help create a pleasant backdrop for this memorable shot. There are likely more than a few fans out there who would love to spend a day on the lake with this pretty pugilist.
Fun fact: Many fight fans already know that Paige VanZant trained with Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male. However, many folks may not realize that she also trained at UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock’s gym known as The Lion’s Den. It was there that VanZant began to learn the finer points of mixed martial arts.
6 Ronda: Laying Out
Rousey manages to keep smiling, despite the fact that her top appears to have blown away in this particular photo. That being said the former Women’s Bantamweight Champion makes this tropical destination look even more appealing as she soaks up some rays in her gold bracelets and black bikini bottom. One would be hard pressed to find a photo of Rousey that's more flattering than this busty image.
Fun fact: Rousey won all of her first 8 fights by submission via armbar. Her opponents all likely knew the armbar was coming bet were unable to stop it. It wasn’t until her 9th professional fight against fellow Olympian Sara McMann that Rousey won a fight without using her signature move. She defeated McMann via TKO in the 1st round by utilizing a knee to the body.
5 Paige: Jump Kick
Here is a photo that Paige VanZant fans are sure to get a kick out of. The gorgeous fighter pulls off a well-executed jump kick in this photograph. She looks especially ripped in this instance while in her black shorts and Reebok top. The strawweight contender looks like 115 pounds of pure lean muscle in an image that likely got the attention of male MMA fans everywhere.
Fun fact: Believe it or not, Reebok offering Paige Van Zant an individual sponsorship deal was actually somewhat controversial since she had only competed in one fight in the UFC, prior to singing with the apparel company. UFC president Dana White came to her defense in an interview on UFC.com by stating, “"She has the personality. Some people have that ‘it factor' that you can't teach people, and Paige has it."
4 Ronda: Stunning Gown
Ronda Rousey looks every bit the Hollywood star at the red carpet premiere of the blockbuster film, The Expendables 3. The starlet’s dress shows off her fit lower half, while her smile and stylish hair help complete this stunning photograph. Her ability to shine at Hollywood premiers make it easy to see why she has been asked to star in several major motion pictures.
Fun fact: Ronda Rousey filmography features some pretty well-known movies. She was been featured in such films as Furious 7, Entourage, and of course the Expendables 3. At one point, Rousey was even slated to play the lead role in a remake of the 1989 cult classic Roadhouse. However, after her loss to Holly Holm back at UFC 193, the project got the ax.
3 Paige: Dancing Star
Paige VanZant appears to be getting the V.I.P. treatment as she steps off of a private jet in her flashy dress. The photo shows that the strawweight contender isn’t the type of girl who is afraid to get her feet dirty as she appears to be holding her shoes in hand. The 5-foot-4 VanZant looks every bit the dancing pro in her radiant Dancing with the Stars costume.
Fun fact: Paige VanZant was a contestant of Dancing with the Stars' 22nd season. She has paired with professional dancer Mark Ballas and performed very well on the show. In fact, she finished 2nd overall in a highly completive season. Dancing pro Peta Murgatroyd and celebrity partner (model) Nyle Dimarco wound up taking home the Mirrorball Trophy that season.
2 Ronda: Weighing In
Ronda Rousey looks great at weigh-ins while sporting her Reebok sports bra and black pants. The guy behind her appears to be admiring the former title holder’s athletic figure…or perhaps he is just really glad she made weight as is stated in the caption below the picture. Most women wouldn’t want to be photographed side-by-side with one of the UFC’s gorgeous octagon girls. However, Rousey more than holds her own with the model in this image.
Fun fact: Ronda Rousey appeared with none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at WrestleMania 31 back in March of 2015. During the show, the two stepped into the ring to face off with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Rousey even got physical as she hip tossed Triple H and also tossed Stephanie McMahon outside of the ring.
1 Paige: Strike A Pose
VanZant looks very relaxed while leaning against the graffiti covered wall. Her ripped jeans help to show off the former Chopped contestants more rugged side. The caption below the Instagram, “shine bright baby” is exactly what VanZant is doing in this lovely image. The blonde native of Dundee, Oregon show once again that she knows how to pose for the camera. Its images like this one that demonstrate why Paige VanZant has such a loyal social media following.
Fun fact: VanZant used to date the current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody "No Love" Garbrandt. The couple met while training together as members of Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male. However, the two decided to call it quits in order to focus on their career aspirations.