Women's Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has come a long way since the early days of Ronda Rousey making women fighters look like rag dolls. In fact, in just a short period of time, a new generation of fighters emerged who have since been able to expose Rousey as somewhat of a fraud - someone who could overpower women with her wrestling abilities, but severely lacked the toughness to stand toe-to-toe with another woman and throw bombs. These women are just as beautiful as they are tough - and we have to include Rousey in that grouping, because, let's face it, she's still tougher than just about every dude reading this list.
As exciting as the actual fight in the Octagon can be, the weigh-in is often one of the more entertaining aspects of the lead up to a fight, whether it's between men or women. There are a limited number of ways in which a fight end can in the Octagon, but the weigh-in has unlimited possibilities. There could be words or punches exchanged, or, as you'll see in one photo on this list, a dance-off. The women can also get just as intense as the men in the weigh-in, but one thing is for certain: whether it's an intense or playful stare or a dance-off, these women weigh-ins will leave you breathless.
14 Claudia Gadelha
Way too much is made of the Big 3 in women's MMA - Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Paige VanZant - and while we're guilty of hyping them ourselves (as you'll see later), there are several other ass-kicking hotties worthy of our collective praise. Let's start with Claudia Gadelha, a 28 year old Brazilian who competes in the Strawweight Division and has a career record of 15-3, which includes wins over Jessica Aguilar and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
13 Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate
Combined, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate have been in some memorable battles, most notably Holm's surprise victory over Ronda Rousey, which earned her the UFC Featherweight Championship. Her reign as champion was short-lived, however, as she suffered the first loss of her career just a few months later via submission in the championship match against Tate.
Okay, maybe we shouldn't have used the word "intense" to describe the previous weigh-in staredown, because if there was ever an intense stare down it was between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, who had quite a rivalry leading up to their first bout in the UFC at UFC 168 - Weidman vs. Silva 2. Tate had previously lost in the first round via armbar to Rousey in Strikeforce and eventually suffered the same result at UFC 168, except in the third round.
12 Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson
Paige VanZant looks amazing in just about every setting and in every outfit. She's a blonde bombshell with a fantastic face whose positive spirit seems infectious. And apparently it is. The 23 year old Strawweight has a career record of 7-3, including a 4-2 record in the UFC, but lost her most recent fight, a December 17, 2016 bout against Michelle Waterson, via rear-naked choke in the first round. While it's refreshing to see two women - or two competitors for that matter - relax and have a little fun with the weigh-in, perhaps it's proof that VanZant wasn't focused enough. Although, Waterson, who is quite the looker herself, the bout clearly had enough fun for both athletes.
11 Jessica Eye vs. Juliana Pena
It's really too bad Paige VanZant didn't meet Jessica Eye in the Octagon, because not only is VanZant an incredibly beautiful woman, Eye is a natural knockout herself, as you can see for yourself. The 31 year old Ohio native is a Bantamweight with a career record of 11-6, but has lost her last four fights in the UFC, all of which via decision. Her only win in the UFC came against Leslie Smith at UFC 180 via doctor stoppage.
10 Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Like many of the women fighters not named Rousey, VanZant, or Tate, Holly Holm doesn't get enough credit for her incredible body and pleasant face. "The Preacher's Daughter" has an incredible six-pack that most of us could only dream about, while her opponent at UFC on Fox 20, Valentina Shevchenko, is quite the looker herself. While there's nothing exotic about the weigh-in photo itself, it's hard not to include two beautiful women staring into each other's soul, not to mention the fact that Shevchenko has the sexy Russian villain vibe about her (we know, she's not from Russia).
9 Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano
Ronda Rousey was at the height of her fame when she met Cat Zingano at UFC 184. Unfortunately for Zingano as well as fans who wanted to see an impressive, back-and-forth fight, the Colorado native was nearing the end of her career. She had an undefeated 9-0 record, including a win over Amanda Nunes, but was simply unprepared for Rousey's explosive attack, although you wouldn't have guessed so by their expressions at the weigh-in.
8 Sara McMann vs. Jessica Eye
Sara McMann isn't necessarily the woman UFC fans associate with hot female fighters (the curly hair doesn't really do it for some), but she's definitely an attractive woman, relatively speaking. In a realm where there are several other hotter women, she doesn't necessarily deserve mention, but she does in this photo, as does her opponent Jessica Eye, who she defeated via decision at UFC Fight Night 88 - Almeida vs. Garbrandt on May 29, 2016.
7 Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
We already expressed how beautiful we think Claudia Gadelha is, and make no mistake, she's an underrated beauty in the UFC, whether she's in the Octagon or outside of it, and regardless of what she's wearing or her hairstyle. At the UFC 212 weigh-in prior to her match against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, she sported the half-shaved look, which is a risky one if you're not a stunning beauty to begin with. Let's just say it worked for Gadelha, not only in regard to her looks, but it was an apparent good-luck charm as she defeated Kowalkiewicz with a first-round rear-naked choke.
6 Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Amanda Nunes is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC these days and, regardless of her sexuality (she's a role model to young LGBT youth and is dating fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff), she's easily one of the most beautiful women in the company. While it might not be evident in the Octagon, it certainly is during the weigh-ins, particularly in the one above, in which we get a glimpse of her sexy smirk. Oh, and there's also Miesha Tate, who is undoubtedly one of the hottest women in the UFC.
5 Paige VanZant vs. Kailin Curran
Paige VanZant has done some modeling work outside the Octagon and it's easy to see why in some of these photos. Not only does she have the body of a goddess, she has the face to match. Her first ever fight in the UFC was in 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57 - Edgar vs. Swanson against Kailin Curran. She won the fight in the middle of the third round via TKO, which set her on a path of three consecutive wins before her momentum was halted by Ros Namajunas.
4 Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig
As previously mentioned, Paige VanZant could wear just about anything and look as though she's one of the hottest women in not only the UFC, but the sporting world. Here, she's rocking a hot pink bikini and zebra strap which showcases her Alexa Bliss-esque "biscuit butt," and a sexy smirk that indicates she might not be taking her opponent, Felice Herrig, all that serious.
3 Ronda Rousey
If you hadn't known any better, you might have figured the Ronda Rousey photo above was from either the Holly Holm or Amanda Nunes weigh-in, because she doesn't exactly look as though she's as focused and intense as she was in previous fights. However, it was actually during the lead up to her final win against Bethe Correia, who she beat in just 34 seconds in the first round via TKO. Make no mistake, she had her way with Correia, but that's hard to gather from the photo above, given she seems more focused on putting forth her sexuality.
2 Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
You might expect one of the top entries on this list would have one of the Big three hotties in the UFC, but it's hard to ignore this picture during the weigh-in for the Cat Zingano and Julianna Pena fight. "The Venezuelan Vixen" is aptly named as she's an incredible beauty worthy of being on this list to begin with, but the highlight of the photo is Zingano's beautiul backside, which might be one of the best in the UFC.
1 Miesha Tate
For our money, Miesha Tate might be the hottest woman ever to compete in the UFC, though Paige VanZant could certainly give her a run for her money. That's why we feel it's only appropriate that she deserves the top spot all to herself. And what is more steamy than a weigh-in photo of Tate removing her pants in a bent-down motion, giving us a good glimpse of cleavage as well? It's strange because the women in all of these pictures already have their pants removed, but there's something sexy and suggestive about a photo of them in the act of doing so.
And then there's Joe Rogan, who is all of us in the above photo. Really, what are you supposed to do in that situation? It's normal to look ahead, but you don't want to come across as a pervert, so rather than doing the weigh-in equivalent of staring into the sun, Rogan makes a point to look as far off in the distance as possible.
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