There’s something extremely captivating about a women’s MMA fight, as the idea of two females squaring off and throwing hands is still relatively taboo. One aspect of women’s MMA that’s winning fans over is the fact that their fights seem awfully personal. In many of the men’s fights, once the round begins, they do a calculated dance called“the feeling out process” or “finding their range.” Sometimes it takes a few minutes before the action truly commences. It’s certainly a very intelligent approach as they’re calculating their distances, so they don’t get tagged with a strike that comes out nowhere. The problem is that this process is not always visually pleasing for the fans. There’s no such apprehension in a women’s fight (if you don’t believe me, check out Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano). Their fights just seem very heated as oftentimes they meet in the center of the octagon and brawl. There’s also a certain “bromance” after a fight between two men as they usually hug it out when it’s over. After a women’s fight, they still look pissed off and want to go a few more rounds.
Let’s not make any illusions either, it certainly helps when the women that are competing are good looking. The UFC’s main audience is generally 18-35 year old males. When you walk into an arena for a live UFC event, you can almost feel the testosterone in the air. But there’s a respect factor for the female fighters, as people respect their skills along with their beauty. For example, when an “octagon girl” comes out and walks around in a circle, people are hooting and hollering as if they’re in a strip club. It’s a totally different reaction when a female fighter makes their walk to the octagon to throw-down.
Without further ado, let’s check out the top 20 hottest women in MMA!
(Quick note: we will not be including fighters that have only competed once in 3-4 years...unless your name is Gina Carano of course).
20 Julianna Pena
19 Cassie Robb
18 Maegan Goodwin
17 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
16 Aleksandra Albu
15 Lena Ovchynnikova
14 Tecia Torres
13 Jessica Penne
12 Angelica Chavez
11 Felice Herrig
10 Cat Zingano
Poor Cat has had it rough over the last two years. First, she blew out her knee and was forced to pull out of her title fight with Ronda Rousey and ultimately had to give up her coaching spot on The Ultimate Fighter to Miesha Tate. Her Husband (Mauricio Zingano) then committed suicide, which made her absence even more prolonged. When she finally got her title shot against Rousey, she was steamrolled in 14 seconds.
9 Jordan Nicole Gaza
8 Kyra Gracie
7 Rachael Cummins
6 Michelle Waterson
Everyone keep your eyes on the screen as the ravishing Michelle Waterson makes her first walk to the UFC octagon this Saturday night. But then avert your eyes to the beat down that will take place as poor Angela Magana has been selected to be the sacrificial lamb for Waterson's first bout.
5 Rose Namajunas
The general thought whenever an MMA fan sees Rose Namajunas is: "damn, good for you Pat Barry." Of course, Pat is Rose's boyfriend and ex-UFC Heavyweight. She's as cute as a button and he's just hilarious. They're very goofy together, the type of couple you'd want to play beer pong with at a party, but maybe not sit at the same table at a formal event.
4 Ronda Rousey
The face of women's MMA clocks in at #4 on our list. Rousey sports a natural "all-American" look and it's not just a look, as she actually represented the United States in Judo in two Olympics (2004 and 2008). It's hard to go see a movie nowadays without seeing Rousey make a cameo. Just this past year she appeared in The Expendables 3, Furious 7 and Entourage.
3 Gina Carano
Oh Gina, the one female fighter that Rousey looks up to...even on this list. Gina Carano is the first female fighter that went to Hollywood. She was gorgeous, personable (something Rousey is not, sometimes) and most importantly, a kick ass fighter. While Rousey was the driving force for getting women in the UFC, Carano was the one that put women's MMA on the map. Before her, women fighting was deemed as a cat fight.
2 Miesha Tate
The Ultimate Fighter 18, Team Rousey vs. Team Tate was the last season of that show that anyone cared about. Throughout the season, episode by episode, Tate slowly became the fan favorite because of the way she carried herself while Rousey's antics turned everyone off.
1 Paige VanZant
At only 21 years of age, VanZant is very young but still has already fought seven times (one of them was an amateur bout). She's garnered a lot of attention, particularly in her latest fight against Felice Herrig, where Felice seemed genuinely disappointed that she wasn't the token "hottie" that all the guys were gawking at. To make matters worse for Felice, VanZant beat the breaks off her in a very one-sided decision.
VanZant started training at Ken Shamrock's gym "The Lions Den" when the family moved to Sparx, Nevada. Random fact: she is the only UFC fighter sponsored by Reebok that doesn't have a UFC belt or that hasn't won one in the past. Dana White claims it's because she has that "it" factor and personality. Ok Dana, you can just say it's because she's hot.
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