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.
15. 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.
Gadelha’s three losses have all come in the UFC and two of which have been against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, so they almost don’t even count. In the Octagon, she’s a natural beauty even with her hair up, but when she lets it loose, as seen above, she’s an absolute stunner who deserves plenty more attention – both for her skills and beauty.
14. 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.
The fight was entertaining to say the least, and the loss started a three-fight losing streak for Holm, while Tate immediately lost the belt to Amanda Nunes. The weigh-in, however, produced just as many saveable screenshots, including the photo above in which we’re blessed with a look at both women’s bountiful backsides. Add in the fact that there’s few things hotter than an intense stare down and we’ve got one steamy weigh-in.
13. Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey
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.
The fight was as advertised, especially if you tuned into the weigh-in, where, as seen above, Rousey leaned in close enough to make any man quiver. Tate, however, held her ground, producing the now-iconic photo that is one step away from every male UFC fan’s dreams.
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.
VanZant was scheduled to make her return to the Octagon to fight Jessica Eye at UFC 216, but pulled out due to injury, while Waterson lost her last fight in the second round against Rose Namajunas at UFC on Fox 24 – Johnson vs. Reis.
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.
Eye could have used a win over someone like VanZant to revitalize her career, which has been on the downward slope particularly since her lost to Julianna Pena, who is pictured above. Both women look incredible at the weigh-in, but we can’t help but be captivated by the Octagon girl seemingly lost in a trance looking upward.
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).
The fight was a big one for the career of both ladies as Holm needed a win coming off losing the UFC Featherweight Championship to Tate, while Shevchenko, with the win, vaulted herself into the title picture, but would later lose to Amanda Nunes at UFC 215.
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.
Give credit to Zingano for going with the full bathing suit as opposed to the top and shorts as most women do, but if her game plan was to shake Rousey it definitely didn’t work. As you now know, Rousey won in an impressive 14 seconds. It was the third of four consecutive fights that she would win within the first minute and six seconds of the first round.
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.
Eye employed an interesting tactic in which she bent down, exposing her “assets” to the crowd and looked up at McMann, who clearly didn’t take her too serious. That’s because the two were – and presumably still are – good friends. Eye had even held McMann’s daughter and the two had shared dinner together at her house prior to the fight.
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.
However, let’s not forget about Kowalkiewicz, who looks as good as anyone can draped in the Polish flag. The 32 year old Strawweight is just as hot in her own right, but her presence in the above picture amplifies it to another level.
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.
Nunes defeated Tate to win the UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 200 via first-round rear-naked choke. It was a dominating performance for Nunes, and it’s not all that surprising looking at the weigh-in photo as she looks far more prepared than Tate, who looks a tad intimidated.
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.
As much as VanZant is the main draw in the photo above, we can’t forget about Curran, who is a beauty herself. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been much of a fighter since debuting in the UFC. Including the loss to VanZant, she has lost five of her six fights in the company, including a recent loss to Aleksanda Albu at UFC 214 – Cormier vs. Jones 2.
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.
Herrig, who looks equal parts intimidating and sexy in her leopard-print, Tarzan-esque outfit, did enough in the fight to go the distance, but lost via unanimous decision in the fight, which took place at UFC on Fox 15 – Machida vs. Rockhold. The loss was a motivator for Herrig, who has since won her past three fights against Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, and Justine Kish.
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.
But let’s not forget, Rousey has been the most popular fighter in both talent and sexuality for the better part of her career in the UFC. And, as you can gather from dude’s expression behind her, she’s got the “assets” worthy of holding the crown as the hottest female fighter.
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.
It was a decent fight too, although we might remember the weigh-in more than the fight given the above photo. It lasted three rounds before Pena won via unanimous decision at UFC 200 – Tate vs. Nunes. Pena lost her most recent fight, however, to Valentina Shevchenko, while Zingano hasn’t fought since.
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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