In all kinds of different realms of pro sports, women are beginning to dominate a scene that was once all about the men. It’s happening in the world of pro wrestling and it is also starting to take shape in the UFC, with the rise and dominance of Ronda Rousey starting it all. Now, the division is must watch television and a clash between the current champion, Amanda Nunes, and the returning Ronda Rousey has the entire MMA world buzzing on to their big match to end the year in late December.
In this article, however, we take things in a different direction and look at some of the better looking UFC stars of today on the current roster. Some names you'll recognize like Holly Holm and Miesha Tate. While others will have you searching Google for fighters you may not be too familiar with such, as Valentina Shevchenko and Veronica Macedo. The article will also give the reader a brief overview on their current standing in the UFC.
So without further ado, let us begin. Here are 15 of the hottest stars in the UFC today, enjoy!
15 Katlyn Chookagian
Nope, that is not a model UFC ring girl, but instead, the new MMA fighter Katlyn Chookagian. The self-proclaimed “blonde fighter” is off to a great start in UFC, winning her debut match with the UFC this past July in a unanimous decision, defeating Lauren Murphy. Overall in MMA, she is currently undefeated with a perfect record of eight wins and zero loses. She is set to put that perfect record on the line shortly at UFC 205, which will see Katlyn take on Liz Carmouche, who is sporting a record of ten wins and five loses.
The Renzo Gracie brown belt is still relatively new to the UFC scene. With more wins to come, you can expect this all American beauty to climb up the ranks of the UFC and gain some serious popularity.
14 Raquel Pennington
UFC 205 will also a feature another women’s matchup with two more experienced fighters. The bout on November 12th sees UFC legend Miesha Tate taking on the hard-nosed Raquel Pennington. On top of her 8-5 overall MMA record, Raquel is on quite the hot streak as of late, winning four out of her last five UFC bouts. Her only loss came in February of 2015, falling victim to a split decision against UFC fan favorite Holly Holm. Her next bout against Tate will be pretty crucial for the 28 year old, as if she can muster up a victory, you can expect her to receive a title shot rather shortly against the winner of the Ronda Rousey/Amanda Nunes bout.
Asides from her UFC accomplishments, Raquel is looking quite conditioned these days and is in the best shape of her life.
13 Anna Elmose
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When you take a first glance at Anna Elmose, you’d figure she was a nutritionist or maybe even like a really hot scientist (she wears glasses at times), but instead, she’s an all out MMA fighter and a pretty good one at that. The moral of the story? Don’t judge a book by its cover folks!
The Copenhagen native made her UFC debut just recently in May of 2016. She came into the bout undefeated in MMA, with a 3-0 record, but fell victim to her first loss losing by KO to Germaine de Randamie. Although she lost her first bout, the fighter will be out for some redemption when she takes on Amanda Bobby Cooper in her second UFC match, set to take place at UFC Fight Night 99 on November 19th.
12 Milana Dudieva
Judging by her beautifully exotic name, and look, you’d figure she was a Russian model. Milana Dudieva is in fact Russian, but instead a pretty dangerous fighter. You wouldn’t think it by looking at her, as she's quite stunning and seems like a character from a James Bond film.
She currently holds a great record of 11-4, although in her last bout, she came out of it with her first professional UFC loss, going down to Julianna Pena via TKO. Going into that bout, she was on a three fight win streak. Dudieva is finally set to return after more than a year away from the MMA scene, as her next bout will take place at UFC Fight Night 99 against Marion Reneau.
11 Alexis Davis
Known as “Ally-Gator,” the Canadian fighter is a seasoned veteran in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, as Alexis Davis holds a remarkable record of 17-6. Before she gave birth to her child, Davis was on an extraordinary run, winning six out her last seven bouts. The only loss she suffered in that time period was against Ronda Rousey in July of 2014 when she lost the bout 16 seconds into the first round via KO. After an extended hiatus, she bounced back nicely, defeating Sarah Kaufman via submission in the second round in 2015.
She was ranked in the top three of the division following her victory, but Davis left after the win for a maternity leave. She is currently set to return on December 3rd taking on Sara McMann.
10 Jessica Eye
Jessica Eye is a huge fitness freak outside of the octagon and looks pretty great at that. In the cage, she has been on the opposite end of some tough loses as of late, despite a blazing start which saw her win ten out of her first eleven fights. However, the 30 year old fighter is currently on a tough spell losing five out of her last six fights, leaving her with an overall record of 11-16. In her defense, every loss she sustained throughout the losing streak was via decision, meaning they really could've gone either way. In her last encounter this past September, Jessica lost via a controversial split decision against Bethe Correia. For the time being, she has no fights coming up, but look for her to step back into the cage in 2017.
9 Holly Holm
UFC 193 was a night Holly Holm will never forget. The fighter came into the bout with an undefeated record, but, despite that, she was still a massive underdog against the dominant champion, Ronda Rousey. On November 14th, 2015, almost a year ago, Holm set the MMA world on fire with an improbable KO victory in the second round. She rose to superstardom following the victory, appearing on various talk shows around the globe discussing her story. She truly became America’s sweetheart.
Maybe because of her recent fame, and the lack of concentration that can come with it, Holm dropped her next two bouts, ruining her unblemished record. She lost her title to veteran Miesha Tate via rear-naked choke and would drop her next bout to Valentina Shevchenko this past July by unanimous decision.
We hope to see Holm avenge these loses sooner rather than later.
8 Julianna Pena
Looking at some of her pictures, the young 27 year old MMA star looks more like a model than an actual fighter, although, once she steps foot into the octagon, that all changes as "The Venezuelan Vixen” is all business.
Pena is currently on a hot streak, winning her last four UFC bouts and moving up the rankings of the company. She has yet to lose a bout in the UFC, as her only two career loses came outside of the UFC octagon. Her previous fight went down in July, as the MMA beauty was victorious via unanimous decision in her bout against Cat Zingano. Her other three victories included wins over Jessica Eye, Milana Dudieva and Jessica Rakoczy. The fighter currently holds a strong 8-2 professional record.
7 Ashlee Evans-Smith
If you’re a tattoo lover, this is the girl for you. Ashlee Evans-Smith loves tattoos and has various on her body. Her man is also literally covered from head to toe with tattoos ,having a variety of them covering his face. A little much? Meh, who are we to judge?
Inside the octagon, the 29 year old fighter holds an impressive 5-1 record. Her only loss came against Raquel Pennington in her UFC debut. Ashlee lost the fight via bulldog choke with a second left in the first round, ouch. In her defense, however, Evans-Smith took the fight on very short notice when it was declared that Holly Holm wouldn’t be able to fight.
Following the loss in 2014, she took her time and came back stronger than ever in 2016, picking up two victories. Her most recent in September was a TKO win against Veronica Macedo.
6 Cat Zingano
You wouldn’t think it by looking at her kind face, but Cat Zingano has one hell of a mean streak when she enters the octagon, providing some of the most vicious knees in the entire division. Just ask Miesha Tate who fell victim to those knees in a brutal TKO in 2013.
Zingano is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC today, as she won her first two bouts in the UFC against Tate and the current champion Amanda Nunes. Cat handed the champ her first and only loss in the UFC. Her impressive streak was finally derailed following a loss to Ronda Rousey in a wild 14 second affair. She just recently lost her second straight bout in a close decision to Julianna Pena. You can expect the veteran to avenge these loses very soon.
Fun fact, she was the first ever mother to compete inside the UFC octagon.
5 Valentina Shevchenko
In just three UFC fights, Valentina Shevchenko has made quite the impact. She won her UFC debut despite the fact she was a replacement for the fight, beating Sarah Kaufman at UFC on Fox 17. At that point, she boosted her MMA record to an impressive 12-1. Her second bout really tested her skills, as she was put up against the current champion Amanda Nunes. Valentina fought a tremendous last round, but lost the match via decision because of the first two rounds.
Shevchenko’s third and most recent victory was a huge win against Holly Holm, improving her record to 13-2. The 28 year old won the bout via unanimous decision. The win bolstered her status and she is now one of the top women heading into 2017 for the UFC.
4 Ronda Rousey
Before her December 30th bout against champion Amanda Nunes, Ronda made a quick pit stop on the Ellen Show. Rousey looked great and seemed to be in good spirits about her upcoming bout. Ronda also revealed some interesting information, claiming she didn’t have many fights left in her. Yet to hit her 30s, Ronda is planning on pursuing other things with her massive rise in popularity. Will her next bout be her last? Probably not, but many are speculating that she only has a handful of matches left at this point.
Whether you love Rousey or not, you cannot discredit her tremendous accomplishments, as Ronda is the highest paid UFC fighter and a role model for fans around the globe. ESPN voted the UFC star as the Best Female Athlete Ever.
Along with her various endorsements deals, Ronda has turned into a main stream media machine. Her image has also been altered from a dominant fighter in the cage to a damn hot woman outside of it.
3 Miesha Tate
In terms of female popularity in the world of MMA, after Ronda Rousey comes Miesha Tate. The beloved fighter is all about heart and soul when she steps into the octagon. The fighter is very experienced and holds a record of 18-6. After winning the championship against Holly Holm, Miesha was quickly dethroned, losing the belt to Amanda Nunes three minutes into the first round.
Despite the loss, Tate remains popular. Like Rousey, Tate has various sponsorship deals with the likes of Budweiser because of her connections to NASCAR. She also posed nude for the 2013 ESPN Body Issue which went viral at the time of its release.
At the age of 30, despite all her MMA bouts, Tate still looks fantastic and is one of the hottest UFC stars of not only of today, but in the history of the sport.
2 Paige VanZant
By taking one look at the 22 year old, you’d think she was trying to become Miss America or competing in some type of beauty pageant. Paige VanZant looks nothing like your typical MMA star, but she's a pretty damn good one nonetheless.
The future star already holds a record of 7-2. She’s fought in the UFC five times, winning four of her bouts in impressive fashion, which includes a couple of KO victories along with a submission win via rear-naked choke. Her look, along with the fact that she’s pretty darn good, has driven popularity upwards. This would lead to an appearance on the popular celebrity show, Dancing with the Stars. She actually reached the finals of the contest but ultimately had to settle for second place. She is now set to return to the octagon with her next bout set for December 17th against Michelle Waterson.
1 Veronica Macedo
The winner by unanimous decision, the stunning 21 year old Venezuelan bombshell, Veronica Macedo! If you haven’t seen her yet, Google her ASAP or just take a look and marvel at the picture above.
Still only 21 years old, the international fighter has a huge future. Aside from her fantastic look, the fighter has a pretty great MMA record of 5-1. Unfortunately, that loss came in her first and only UFC bout, losing to another fighter from this list of hotties, Ashlee Evans-Smith. The Venezuelan lost the fight via TKO in the final round sustaining some nasty elbows from her opponent. Since her loss in September, her next opponent hasn’t been revealed, but you can bet she’ll be on a UFC card for a match in 2017. For now, we’ll enjoy some her fantastic pictures via various social media outlets.