This list is composed of female MMA fighters from around the world. They are ranked according to how many fight wins they have had as well as their best win to date. All of these women are extremely talented and their accomplishments, just like any other fighter, should be recognized and praised.
Table of Contents
- 1. Michelle Waterson
- 2. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
- 3. Rachael Ostovich
- 4. Mackenzie Dern
- 5. Miesha Tate
- 6. Amanda Ribas
- 7. Paige VanZant
- 8. Aleksandra Albu
- 9. Tecia Torres
- 10. Cheyanne Buys (Vlismas)
- 11. Randa Markos
- 12. Montana De La Rosa
- 13. Ashley Yoder
- 14. Tracy Cortez
- 15. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- 16. Alexa Grasso
- 17. Holly Holm
- 18. Angela Hill
- 19. Joanne Calderwood
- 20. Felice Herrig
- 21. Valentina Shevchenko
- 22. Jessica Eye
- 23. Carla Esparza
- 24. Claudia Gadelha
- 25. Andrea Lee
- 26. Cat Zingano
- 27. Ronda Rousey
- 28. Veronica Macedo
- 29. Rose Namajunas
- 30. Ariane Lipski
1. Michelle Waterson
Michelle Waterson has been a pro-MMA fighter since 2008. She is also a Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu expert. In 2010, she was ranked as the number 1 female lightweight in the world. In July 2008, Michelle won her first amateur fight against Savannah Chandelier by Unanimous Decision. In December of that year, she fought for the first time at a pro event and won by TKO against Elaina Maxwell.
2. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Joanna was born in Poland and has been fighting since 2008. She is the current number 1 female strawweight fighter in the world. Her biggest win is against Carla Esparza at UFC 185. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
3. Rachael Ostovich
Rachael Ostovich is a professional women’s mma fighter currently signed to Invicta FC. She most recently defeated Amanda Bobby Cooper via unanimous decision at Invicta FC 22 on January 14, 2017. She has previously fought for Bellator, with her last fight being a unanimous decision loss to Julia Budd at Bellator 136 on June 26, 2014
4. Mackenzie Dern
Mackenzie Dern is an American fighter who competes in the strawweight division. She trains out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California under coach Duane Ludwig. She is known for her extensive use of Muay Thai and boxing skills which she utilizes to overcome her opponents with high-level grappling and striking with numerous knockouts. Mackenzie is also a professional model who has traveled the world appearing on the cover of magazines under different aliases.
5. Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate (Born October 24, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Tate was the twentieth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) coaching opposite Ronda Rousey. She won her first six fights in the UFC, including victories over Julie Kedzie, Cat Zingano and Bryan Caraway.
6. Amanda Ribas
Ribas is a Brazilian fighter who has made a lot of noise in her short time in the sport. The athletic and incredibly well-rounded Ribas has an MMA record of 4-2 and is currently riding a two-fight win streak. Recently, she compiled one of the most impressive highlight reels ever seen when she defeated another up-and-coming fighter named Miriam Nakamoto.
7. Paige VanZant
Ranked in the top 10 in the world, VanZant is one of the most popular faces in MMA right now. With her good looks and confidence, she’s the perfect candidate to be a role model for young children entering into martial arts or combat sports. Paige will fight for the flyweight title on December 30th against Rose Namajunas, about that is sure to be one of the biggest of 2016.
8. Aleksandra Albu
Aleksandra Albu is a female fighter that trains out of the Bloody Angels MMA gym in Russia. Albu has fought many times in her career, including five amateur fights and thirteen professional matches. She currently holds a record of seven wins with six losses. Aleksandra garnered some attention when she took on former UFC champion in her last match, which she lost by submission in the second round.
9. Tecia Torres
Tecia Torres is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She was born on May 31, 1989 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She began her training in martial arts when she was only 13 years old at the Mike Valle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts under the legendary Mike Valle and Jorge Rivera. At this academy she trained and competed with her two brothers.
10. Cheyanne Buys (Vlismas)
10–0, #1 ranked female featherweight fighter in the world, 100% of her wins have come by way of stoppage. She has gone against some of the toughest female bantamweights and featherweights in the world. Cheyanne is a black belt mma fighter with a boxing background.
11. Randa Markos
Randa Markos is a Canadian-born fighter who fights out of Ontario, Canada. She is 5 ft 4 inches tall and weighs in at 115 lbs. Her record stands at 21-5 and her best win was over Aisling Daly, which she won by unanimous decision.
12. Montana De La Rosa
Montana De La Rosa is a 31-year-old bantamweight fighter from the United States, who’s currently signed with Invicta FC. She’s been fighting professionally since 2012 and has an impressive record of 4-2. De La Rosa has won both of her last two fights via submission, one being a rear-naked choke and the other being a triangle choke. Her only loss was to current undefeated atomweight world champion Ayaka Hamasaki.
13. Ashley Yoder
Ashley Yoder is a fighter out of the state of Oregon. She currently has a record of 0-1 in her mma career. Her MMA record is 5-7 overall. She was born on October 19, 1985 in the city of Beaverton, Oregon. She is not only an accomplished amateur fighter, but an accomplished jiu jitsu player as well.
14. Tracy Cortez
Tracy Cortez is a professional fighter in the women’s flyweight division. She has an overall record of 1 victory and 0 losses. Tracy Cortez’s best victory was against Jaymee Grigsby at XFC 6 where she got to score that win with one of the most spectacular knockouts you will ever see. She is currently 6-0 in her professional career. Rounding out the list are some of the toughest women on earth.
15. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Karolina Kowalkiewicz is a Polish mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s flyweight division. She is the former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. She was born on October 28, 1991, in Olsztyn, Poland. She has an amateur record of 6-0 with all six victories coming by way of stoppage. At age 20 she won her first professional fight via armbar submission at Cage Force 18: Codys vs Lutter.
16. Alexa Grasso
Alexa Grasso was born on June 6, 1992 in Guadalajara, Mexico. She practices at the gym owned by her mother, Patricia. Her mother is also her manager, she has helped Alexa to gain many of her early fights. Alexa began fighting professionally in 2011 and she won all of them until 2014 when she was signed with the UFC. She had one loss in the UFC before being released in 2017. She is known for her speed and movement around the cage.
17. Holly Holm
Holly Holm was the second female fighter to compete in a championship mma bout. She was brought into the UFC as an exciting and exciting first round knockout of Ronda Rousey. After this win she became a significantly popular fighter among fans of mma. She is a great fighter that has great potential to be a champion on the highest level of mma.
18. Angela Hill
Angela Hill Started her MMA career pretty late-aged at 27-years-old. Hill is currently the only female competitor to have competed in the UFC. She became the first woman to beat Ronda Rousey at bantamweight but lost her next fight to Miesha Tate.
19. Joanne Calderwood
Calderwood is an Irish female mma fighter. She has won 36 fights, all by knock out or submission. She is currently ranked #8 in the world. Her best win to date is over Sarah D’Alelio by submission (guillotine choke). Her best pro fight was against Denise Kielholtz at Invicta FC 5.
20. Felice Herrig
Felice‘s first fight was on November 27, 2008 and she has gone 10-4 ever since. Herrig has had a total of five submissions and three TKO’s over the course of her career. She has won eight fight of the night honors and one knockout of the night award. Herrig’s most recent win was on March 17, 2014 as she beat Rosi Sexton by TKO. Herrig is currently ranked as the fourth best female strawweight fighter in the world by sherdog.
21. Valentina Shevchenko
This beautiful mma fighter is from Kyrgyzstan and currently fights for the M-1 Global promotion. Valentina Shevchenko has a record of 10-1 and she’s only 24 years of age. Her best win to date was against Diana Rael at MFC-72 where she used her muay thai to dominate the fight and earn herself the victory via TKO.
22. Jessica Eye
Jessica Eye is a women’s mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC. She is a fighter from Arizona and she makes her debut in the octagon at UFC on Fox 5, on April 19 2012. At wrestlemaniacs showcase she defeated her opponent by TKO. In August 2012 she was announced as a participant of Smackdown vs Raw event, which took place on August 17th at the US Airways Center, Phoenix Arizona.
23. Carla Esparza
Coming to the UFC in 2013, Carla Esparza has become one of the most popular fighters in the sport of MMA because she has shown just how much she is willing to sacrifice for her chance to be in the top league. Carla Esparza took a fight against Tecia Torres at UFC 170. This was her debut under the Zuffa LLC banner and it did not go well for her. She lost by knockout after being knocked down early in round 1.
24. Claudia Gadelha
Claudia Gadelha was born in Recife, Brazil. She is a very accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu player. She is a former UFC Women’s Strawweight champion after defeating Joanna Jędrzejczyk in 2015. Gadelha has been competing in the UFC since 2011. She currently has a 13-2 record in MMA including wins over fighters such as Jessica Aguilar and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
25. Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee is a mixed martial artist who currently fights in the strawweight division in the UFC. She has been with the UFC since 2017 and has been very successful throughout her career. Her biggest win was when she beat Kalindra Faria by submission in the first round at Dana White’s Contender Series 14. She is a talented MMA fighter and will surely continue to proceed with her MMA career.
26. Cat Zingano
Cat Zingano is one of the top female fighters that have come into popularity in recent years. She has only lost three fights in her career, two of them have been to Ronda Rousey, both by submission. Those were her first two professional fights ever. The only other loss she has had was to Amanda Nunes for the Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship. Cat is now signed with the UFC and ready to start an exciting career there.
27. Ronda Rousey
Rousey is the current and most dominant female MMA fighter of all time. She is a former Olympic Judo medalist and amateur boxing champion. After an uneventful career in Olympic Judo, she began her transition into MMA in 2008. She was undefeated in her first 10 amateur fights before reaching the UFC in 2011. Since joining the UFC, Rousey is 11-0 with 9 straight first-round knockouts.
28. Veronica Macedo
A powerhouse, Veronica Macedo is a Brazilian fighter who recently turned pro in the Japanese promotion, Deep. Macedo is a very hard hitting fighter with legitimate striking skills. She has won 10 fights in a row while going undefeated with her only losses coming from extended bouts with two-time BJJ champ Zanessa Gracie and the always dominant Amanda Serrano. Veronica De Souza: Another powerhouse, De Souza joined the promotion Maximum Fighting Championships last year and is currently competing under the MFC Heavyweight banner.
29. Rose Namajunas
Rose Namajunas holds the record for most wins in the strawweight class. She has an extremely impressive record of 6 fight wins and 0 losses. Her most recent win was also her biggest win to date, against Paige VanZant, who was undefeated at the time. Rose’s next fight will be against Michelle Waterson at UFC on Fox 24 on April 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.
30. Ariane Lipski
Born in France, the only woman to break into this list has already cemented herself as one of the world’s best women fighters. She was trained by Jean-Charles Hubert, who helped teach other greats such as Georges St. Pierre and Jon Fitch. She currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where she trains at Tristar Gym with her husband ‘The Spartan’ Matthew Frincu. Lipski holds a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu and is seriously talented on the ground.