On November 13th, 2015, there was a consensus among fans of mixed martial arts that there was a female fighter named Ronda Rousey that was nearly perfect and might not ever lose a single MMA match in her entire fighting career. Up until that point in her career, she was 12-0 with nine submissions and three knockouts dating back to her days with Strikeforce and KOTC. Once she joined the UFC, she was 6-0 and had only one match last beyond the first round. The rest of them ended after one round with her most recent three wins ending in less than 34 seconds.
But then UFC 193 happened and changed everything.
Whenever a monster is defeated, it is no longer immortal. It becomes vulnerable and susceptible to being taken down again, and again, and again.
So when Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey in the second round with a kick to the head, the world was shocked. No one expected her to lose, not ever. But then she became beatable and people started lining up to take shots at her. That led to her return at UFC 207 where she shocked us again, losing to Amanda Nunes in the first round, after just 48 seconds. Her immortality was gone and now it was time to start planning on the next steps.
But before she was beatable, as we mentioned earlier, she was a legendary female athlete that could not be taken down in the octagon. Because we enjoy doing this, let's take a look at 15 female wrestlers that could beat her up in a real fight.
From the moment she entered the world of pro wrestling, Jacqueline Moore was going to become a star. She got her start at Skandor Akbar's pro wrestling school and was the only female wrestler there at the time so she earned her stripes working with other men, learning the ropes the hard way. Those trainings and lessons turned her into a legitimate future female star in the WWE. Although it did take her two tries, once she finally settled into the WWE, she became a huge success, teaming up with Terri Runnels to form the duo of Pretty Mean Sisters, better known as PMS.
Jacqueline ended up winning the Women's Championship twice and also the WWE Cruiserweight title, becoming one of the only female's to ever hold the title. From her past accomplishments within the WWE, last year, she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Her toughness and training with men throughout her early pro wrestling career made her one of the strongest female pro wrestlers of all time.
15 Beth Phoenix
From 2006 to 2012, Beth Phoenix played an integral role in the development of the women's division in the WWE. She legitimized the entire division with her power and strength. She broke down the walls between Divas and female wrestlers by being a lovely combination of both. Not only was she a gorgeous woman, she was strong and powerful and not afraid to take a bump. She was more than just another long legged supermodel looking for a chance at stardom, she was there to wrestler first, model later.
Her move set was stacked with multiple moves of advanced difficulty including the Glam Slam, Flying Phoenix, Beth Valley Driver, and Down in Flames. She was able to lift just about anyone she wrestled and slam them down to the ground with ease. If you put her in a ring with Ronda Rousey, chances are she has a better shot at winning that fight than most other Divas in the WWE during her time.
14 Bull Nakano
If you did a quick search to find Bull Nakano today, you might come across the female golfer of the same name. Yes, that is the same one as the former female wrestler that became famous from her time in the All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling promotion but eventually found herself in the WWE by 1994. She then began to feud with Alundra Blayze before winning the WWE Women's Championship. She even spent some time in the WCW.
Her huge hair and painted face might be something out of a comic book but trust us folks, she is a beast if there ever was one in wrestling. Her power was showcased when she began to feud with Alundra Blayze an simply overpowered her at times, making it look as if this was a mismatch of epic proportions.
Ronda Rousey would be quicker and might end up stronger in the ground game. But all Bull needs is one good shot and it is done.
Many years ago, in 2006, Celeste Bonin started her career off in body building when she was just 19 years old. From that point on, she started winning competitions like they were nothing and even took the 2007 National Physique Committee John Sherman Classic Figure and Fitness Championship. She continued winning titles and awards over the next few years before finally signing a contract to work for the WWE under the ring name, Kaitlyn.
She quickly became a fan favorite because of the rare combination of beauty and power. Her physique makes her one of the strongest ladies in the world and yet she never seemed to look like it in the ring. Her body was quite possibly perfect and it was that reason that she stuck around the WWE for so long. Whether or not she could beat Ronda Rousey in a fight or not is up for debate but since we are already here, and talking about it, we mine as well address the elephant in the room. She could not only beat her in the octagon, Kaitlyn could, quite possibly, beat her in just about any scenario.
Because of her immense talent and incredible strength, Jazz had a quick rise to the top of the WWE Women's Division after a short stint with Extreme Championship Wrestling, the promotion she began her career with in 1999. Within two years of showing up on ECW, Jazz made her WWE debut at Survivor Series as one of the six ladies wrestling in the Six-Pack Challenge match, held for the WWE Women's Championship belt, which was eventually won by Trish Stratus. That match led to a rivalry between Jazz and Trish that is one of the better feuds in the WWE women's division in the past 25 years.
After becoming the WWE Women's Champion, her feud spread to another woman and included Victoria too. She was one of the best female wrestlers ever and her technical skills are still among the best ever, man or woman. Her ability to overpower any woman made the decision to crown her champion even easier. So just imagine what she can do to Ronda Rousey inside an octagon.
Speaking of Victoria, Lisa Marie Varon started bodybuilding and working as a physical trainer long before her WWE wrestling days. She even competed in the ESPN2 Fitness America Series back in 1997 and 1998, which was a very popular fitness competition held on cable television each year. But then she went on to participate in the 1998 Miss Galaxy Competition and wound up meeting someone that you might have heard of, Torrie Wilson. That friendship was the only reason Victoria decided to try the whole pro wrestling thing out.
Victoria even followed Torrie Wilson to Los Angeles and tried, but failed, to join the WCW so she went back to focusing on her training and placed second at the National Physique Committee Team Universe show. Once again, luck was on her side and during that competition she met another woman, Trish Stratus.
It only took this beautiful woman with a perfect body one attempt to impress WWE upper management and she went from Ultimate Pro Wrestling to the WWE almost overnight, taking the same route as Lisa Moretti, and working as one of The Godfather's lovely ladies.
Jessica Kresa came within a few spots of making the first season of the reality show WWE Tough Enough in 2001 but ended up finishing just outside the main cast and was never signed to the show. This was the moment she began working in pro wrestling and she wound up working the independent circuit for awhile before earning her a spot with TNA, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where she eventually would become a Women's Knockout Champion.
She is not very tall, standing only 5'6", and she is also not very big, weighing in around 130 pounds. But it is her power and strength that has us featuring her on our list today. She is one of the stronger, and underrated, female pro wrestlers of the past 50 years because of her size. But since we are doing a little dreaming, we wanted to give her the respect she deserves and tell you right here and now that she would beat Ronda Rousey in a fight.
9 Terri Poch
As you read this article, you might not have realized just how many of the WWE Women's division could actually beat up Ronda Rousey in a fight, did you? Well, here is another one for you to think about.
Tori, or maybe you can go by her birth name of Terri Poch, is 52 years old today and could still beat up just about anyone she felt she wanted to, which includes Ronda Rousey. During her time in the WWE, Tori earned herself a reputation for being a combination of beauty and braun, a combination that you are going to see is very rare these days in pro wrestling.
How do we know that she could beat Ronda Rousey in a fight? She was trained by one of the craziest and hardest hitting pro wrestlers ever, Roddy Piper. So it is safe to assume he taught her some tricks of the trade for the moment she ends up in an actual street fight.
7 Mae Young
Long before any of you were around, Mae Young was a professional wrestler traveling the globe, facing off against the sport's biggest female names. Her unofficial first year in the industry was 1939 and was eventually trained by Stu Hart in the 1940's. She fought under many different names and ended up training just about every big name female pro wrestler you have ever heard of including The Fabulous Moolah.
Don't let her age fool you, she could destroy Ronda Rousey in a fight if this were the 1950's, when she was starting to hit her prime years in the business. She was also not the biggest woman in the world but her toughness and strength is one of the key reasons she was able to wrestle for the number of years she did. If she started wrestling today, chances are she would be too small. But she was way ahead of her time and set the mold for what female wrestlers need to look like.
Sadly, we all miss Chyna as she was once the most popular female wrestlers in the world and remains one of the all time greats in the WWE yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Her lack of induction into the Hall of Fame is a controversial one following her porn career and death in April of 2016. One of the main reasons she was never inducted was because of the negative publicity that would occur when young fans of the sport would Google her name and find the porn links long before any of her wrestling performances.
Her death in April of 2016 was a very sad and tragic one for a woman that was widely considered one of the strongest women in the pro wrestling industry. She played a major role in the rise of the popularity of Degeneration-X and, also, Sable's popularity within the WWE. There were even times that Chyna took down male wrestlers, almost with ease.
If she was still around, chances are, a fight between Ronda Rousey and Chyna would not last very long before Chyna takes her down within minutes.
5 Nia Jax
Of all the women on this list, Nia Jax just might be the biggest of them all standing over six feet tall and weighing in at 272 pounds. If you watch her wrestle, then you would also know that the 272 pounds is about 80% muscle as her power in the ring is incredible. She can handle just about any woman in pro wrestling today, if she wanted to.
But how do you translate that into fighting in the UFC? You don't and you can't. But what you can do is focus on the fact that her arms are longer and her reach is further than Ronda Rousey, leaving a big gap between the two fighters if things were to ever go down between them. It would not take long for Rousey to get taken down as Nia can swing her fists like a hammer, plowing down towards the earth with all of her might, just as she slams it right into Ronda's head. This might even be the best matchup that people would pay to watch today, if the UFC was worried about setting this up.
Lisa Moretti was more commonly known by her WWE Diva name, Ivory, during her pro wrestling career which began in 1986, long before most of you were even born, and she continues to appear at various events and pay per views on a part-time basis for the WWE. She most recently was on a WWE Network show called, Table for 3, with two other fellow female wrestlers, Alundra Blayze and Molly Holly.
Of all the women on the list, Lisa is by far the most attractive and has been since her first day with the WWE, in 1999, when she appeared alongside another WWE legend, The Godfather, as one of his ladies that would accompany him to the ring. Her talents were evident and her charisma was undeniable, and she quickly went from being a random sidechick to a main star and love interest of Mark Henry. Her run with him led to her future stardom within the company as one of the biggest female wrestlers ever.
Regardless of her age, the one thing that Lisa Moretti has over Ronda Rousey, that none of the other women on this list has, is stamina. She could probably last 10 rounds in an octagon with Ronda due to her exceptional stamina. She could use the Muhammad Ali method called the Rope-a-dope.
One of the best things about some of the ladies on this list is that some of them are incredibly beautiful too. It is not always easy to be an attractive female bodybuilder because of the extra muscles that these women possess that most men are simply not used to seeing.
At one point, Asya was among the sexiest in the bodybuilding industry but that was early on in her career when she was also working as a bikini model for Hawaiian Tropic. She continued working on her form and just got bigger and bigger, until she became one of the strongest ladies in the world, with muscles as big as tree trunks.
She is one of the few female bodybuilders that holds titles in multiple tournaments from 1995 until 2001, which was also after her wrestling career got started too. Although we think Ronda Rousey would be able to hold her own against Asya, eventually, she will land one of her fists into the right cheek of Ronda, practically breaking her jaw in the process of a total knockout.
Kia Stevens, best known as Kharma in the WWE, is a smaller version of herself these days, having lost a ton of weight since her pro wrestling days. But that does not change the fact that her toughness was never in question. During the height of her WWE career, Kharma was a massively strong human being that smashed just about anyone that got her in way. In fact, she was even referred to as the Amazing Kong, or Awesome Kong, at one point throughout her career thanks to her massive size and power.
In case you were wondering, she is 5'11" tall and 272 pounds of muscle and strength. Ronda Rousey, in a street fight, would have an easier chance hitting her with a car than fighting her. But that would be something we would all love to watch. Kharma would take care of business quite possibly in the first few minutes outside of the octagon.
1 Nicole Bass
Although her time in the WWE was very short lived, Nicole Bass made an impact on the sport when she was Sable's bodyguard. She then ended up feuding with Debra McMichael and Ivory. But before she entered the WWE, she was an international star in the bodybuilding world, winning multiple titles and finishing with several top-10 finishes at the National Bodybuilding Championship just about every year between 1985 and 1997.
Her brief stint in the WWE was met with criticism years later when she filed a lawsuit against the company when she claimed Steve Lombardi sexually assaulted her backstage but the case was dismissed when it got to court in 2003. Since then, her name and all her accomplishments within the WWE have been hard to find, possibly due to the lawsuit but one thing is true, Ronda Rousey would not have been able to take her down, let alone fight her in the octagon.