Over the last decade, the sport of mixed martial arts has grown at a seemingly rapid pace. The increase in the sport's popularity has spawned a new generation of women who are ready and willing to step inside the Octagon. Many of these female athletes have quickly become stars in a relatively short period of time. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC as isn't also known, has already created three separate women's divisions. In many cases, these women are not only great fighters but also some of the most beautiful women in the world.
One might suppose a beautiful woman would want nothing to do with fighting inside a cage. After all, mixed martial arts isn't known to make folks any prettier. However, many of these females are willing to risk their movie star looks for a chance at glory inside the Octagon. The training involved in getting ready to compete at the highest level has the nice side effect of creating some amazing physiques. Developing a list that would include every gorgeous woman in MMA could take weeks.
With that in mind, let's stick with a group that features some of MMA's hottest women, blondes. This list features 15 of the best looking blonde females that have ever been inside (or around) the cage. Here is your list of the top 15 hottest blondes in MMA history.
15 Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee is one of the rising stars in Invicta FC. She is off to a great start in 2017, having already captured two victories. Despite having the nickname "KGB", Lee is not Russian. She was born in Atlanta, Texas and currently resides in Louisiana. The Texas native has a professional record of 6-2. She has shared the cage with former UFC fighter Roxanne Modafferi, though she ended up losing the highly competitive contest via split decision. Lee has captured multiple Gold Gloves championships and has also fought in Muay Thai tournaments. Andrea Lee is arguably the hottest woman currently fighting in Invicta FC. She has a fan-friendly fighting style and marketable look that's sure to make the UFC take notice at some point.
14 Ronda Rousey
She is no longer the UFC Bantamweight Champion. However, Ronda Rousey is still the most recognized name in all of women's mixed martial arts. Following her recent defeat at the hands of the current champion, Amanda Nunes, her future in the sport has been in question. If Rousey does decide to call it a career, she deserves a ton of credit for helping to bring women's MMA to the UFC. Her combination of being able to produce quick finishes combined with her good looks are likely what compelled UFC president Dana White to create a women's division. That being said, Rousey made the most of the opportunity and made herself a household name. One could argue that Rousey's beauty helped take women's MMA to where it is today. If you would like to learn more about Rousey and her personal life, check out 15 MMA Couples You Didn’t Know Were An Item.
13 Felice Herrig
After her stunning upset victory over the highly touted prospect, Alexa Grasso, Felice Herrig may only be a fight or two away from a title shot. The "Lil Bulldog" was introduced to a national television audience during her time on the reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. She has a record of 3-1 since debuting in the UFC, with her only loss coming against fellow hottie Paige VanZant. Herrig competed in kickboxing prior to transitioning to MMA. Photos like this indicate the Crystal Lake, Illinois product is well aware of her sex appeal and isn't afraid to use it to market herself. She also appeared as a contestant on the television series American Ninja Warrior. When it comes to hot blondes in MMA, Herrig is near the top of the list.
12 Valentina Shevchenko
It's possible you may be looking at the next UFC Women's Bantamweight champion. Valentina Shevchenko had a star-making performance back in July of 2016 when she defeated Holly Holm. The Russian went on to beat Julianna Pena this past January and now finds herself in line for a title shot. She has already faced the current champ Amanda Nunes once and lost a competitive fight via unanimous decision in early 2016. Schevchenko has been involved in combat sports since the age of five but certainly doesn't look like someone who has been taking shots to the face for over two decades. In fact, it is fair to say that she cleans up quite nicely. Valentina Shevchenko was one of the breakout stars of 2016, and is one the best looking women in MMA.
11 Holly Holm
After her stunning upset victory over Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm has become one of the biggest names in all of mixed martial arts. However, the former boxing champ has hit a bit of a rough patch, since the Rousey win. In fact, she has lost her last three fights, including a controversial decision loss to Germaine de Randamine, for the Featherweight Championship. Despite these setbacks, Holm still remains the only woman to hold world titles in both MMA and boxing. She is also looks nothing short of amazing. It would be extremely difficult to find an ounce of fat on the former bantamweight champ. Her long flowing blonde hair and inviting smile, only add to her charm. A list of hot blondes wouldn't be complete without Holly Holm.
10 Anastasia Yankova
If you have never seen Anastasia Yankova before...well, you're welcome. She is quite literally the hottest female prospect in Bellator MMA. The native of Moscow, Russia is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0. Yankova was taken to the limit in her last fight against Veta Artega. However, she was still able to escape with a split decision victory. Bellator may have found the perfect woman to build a division around. The Russian fighter looks amazing and having an undefeated record will only make her that much more marketable. Don't be surprised Anastasia Yankova goes on to become a major star in Women's mixed martial arts. That being said, if cage fighting doesn't work out, a career in modeling certainly would not be out of the question.
9 Laura Sanko
Most MMA fans may know Laura Sanko as the post-fight interviewer for the all-female MMA promotion, Invicta FC. However, Sanko was also a fighter at one point in time, having gone 4-1 as an amateur. Moreover, she went undefeated as a pro, though she only fought once. Sanko made headlines recently when she was kissed during a post-fight interview by Tonya Evinger. Sanko did not appear to be expecting the kiss but was a good sport about it, none the less. The incident sparked some outrage on social media, but Sanko reiterated that the incident was "all good". Her knowledge of the sport, combined with a face that is clearly made for television, make Sanko's interviews a must watch. Hopefully, she will be involved with the sport for years to come.
8 Rachel Wray
Rachel Wray is easily the least accomplished fighter on this list. She has yet to turn pro and is 2-2 as an amateur. Furthermore, she has lost her last 2 fights and hasn't competed since July of 2014. Wray is a former NFL cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs and has a degree in political science. Despite her limited experience in mixed martial arts, she is most certainly a gorgeous woman. In fact, if not her physical appearance it's unlikely she would have received any notoriety. That being said, she is an educated woman who looks like that probably doesn't need to step into the cage, so you have to give her credit in that regard. It's unclear if Wray intends to fight again, but she is definitely someone MMA fans wouldn't mind seeing on a regular basis.
7 Kailin Curran
Truthfully, Kailin Curran has had many different hair colors over the span of her career, but she has been a blonde and she's hot, so let's go with it. The native of Hawaii currently competes in the UFC strawweight division. She won her first three pro fights in Pacific Extreme Combat, a promotion based in Guam, before being called up to the UFC. Unfortunately, Curran has struggled in the UFC, losing 4 out of her last 5 fights, her only win in that span coming against Emily Kagan. Yet she still did win "fight of the night" honors in her bout against Paige Van Zant. It's quite possible that if she loses her next fight, she may be cut from the UFC. It would be a shame if we weren't able to see this stunner compete in the Octagon any longer.
6 Cindy Dandois
The former Invicta FC standout recently signed with the UFC, and is expected to make her Octagon debut in April against Alexis Davis. The Belgian-born blonde is riding a three-ight win streak and has beaten top female fighters such as Marloes Coenen and Megan Anderson. It was rumored that Dandois was going to face Gina Carano back in 2011, but she became pregnant and was unable to fight. She has been competing in both wrestling and judo since she was a small child and has a very solid ground game. Dandois is also friends with fellow fighter Miesha Tate and the two appear on each other's Twitter accounts from time to time. Her piercing eyes and signature blonde hair make Cindy Dandois the best thing to come out of Belgium...since waffles.
5 Julie Kedzie
Today, Julie Kedzie acts as the commentator and matchmaker for Invicta FC, an all-female fighting organization. However, prior to that, she had a solid career as a competitor inside the cage. She has faced some of the biggest names in the sport of women's MMA. Kedzie fought in competitive bouts against both Gina Carano and Miesha Tate, despite ultimately losing both matchups. She also lost a very close split decision to current UFC Featherweight champ, Germaine de Randamie. After losing four consecutive fights, Kedzie would go on to retire from active competition. Julie Kedzie fought some of the very best women in the sport but always seemed to come up just a little short. However, when it came to being one of the hottest blondes of her era, Kedzie certainly delivered.
4 Jhenny Andrade
In 2016, Jhenny Andrade became the first woman not named Arianny Celeste or Brittney Palmer to win "Ringcard Girl of the Year." The award was created back in 2008 and prior to last year only Palmer and Celeste had won it. It's easy to see why this Brazilian bombshell is considered one the hottest women in all of MMA. When asked about being involved with MMA, for her UFC profile, Andrade stated; “In the beginning it was all new and different. Today I am part of the delicious adrenaline and I am in love with fighting." When Andrade isn't carrying numbers around the ring, she enjoys practicing Muay-Thai. Jhenny Andrade might be the hottest Octagon girl in MMA and that is really saying something.
3 Amanda Cooper
Amanda Bobby Cooper is one of the toughest female fighters to ever come out of Michigan. She first gained national attention when she competed on the UFC's reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter. In fact, Copper nearly won The Ultimate Fighter tournament, before being defeated in the finals by Tatiana Suarez. She has been involved in boxing since she was 11 years old and is an amateur Golden Gloves Champion. The former waitress currently holds a professional record of 2-3 but is still only 25 years old. She has also won 2 exhibition bouts while on The Ultimate Fighter, but they don't count toward her official record. Cooper remains one of the hot young stars in the strawweight division and could have a very bright future ahead of her.
2 Yana Kunitskaya
Yana Kunitskaya recently shocked the MMA world when she defeated Tonya Evinger for the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship. However, the outcome was eventually overturned as a result of the referee not allowing Evinger to use a legal tactic to defend herself from Kunitskaya's submission attempt. The two women are scheduled to face each other again on March 25, 2017. Kunitskaya hails from Saint Petersburg, Russia and is 27 years old. She has a professional record of 9 wins and 2 loses. Her most high-profile victory came against Cindy Dandois, who she finished early in the first round. Yana Kunitkaya is another example of a beautiful blonde woman who hails from Russia. If she is able to beat Evinger and claim the Invicta FC title, she will be one step closer to debuting in the UFC.
1 Paige VanZant
The Dancing with the Stars finalist has already gained a ton of publicity for the sport. She trains with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male and has beat some big names in her division, such as Felice Herrig and Bec Rawlings. But while VanZant may look like a delicate flower, she is actually a little bit of a tomboy. She enjoys hunting and shooting, which is how she got the nickname "12 Gauge". She is arguably the best known female fighter with the exception of Ronda Rousey, and while she is an exceptional fighter, her appearance has likely helped elevate her profile. If you take a look at the photo, it's fairly easy to figure out why. VanZant is without question one of the hottest women in MMA.
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