The 5 Best Female MMA Fighters of All Time
The debate of who stands atop the GOAT list is an on-going one, but one that we think is worth having. After all, how can we understand the sport if we never think about who has helped to shape it?
Here’s our list- who is on yours?
1. Cris Cyborg
With her sole loss coming from her pro-debut, Cris Cyborg has been on a winning streak that’s lasted for over a decade. Plus, with her impressive resume of wins over MMA pioneers like Gina Carano, Marloes Coenen, and Shanya Baszler, as well as her titles in both Strikefore and Invicta FC, have solidified her legacy as one of the GOAT’s. She’s also the current and only UFC featherweight champ, with one title defense to her name thus far (a UD win over Holly Holm). Cyborg’s KO power makes her one of the most feared women walking the planet, also adding to her mystique as an unbeatable contender.
2. Ronda Rousey
The legacy of Ronda Rousey is one that is still being debated, but her impact in the sport is one that will last far beyond her time in the fight game. Rousey was the woman who broke open the glass ceiling of women fighting in the UFC and that’s just the beginning of her list of accomplishments. She was the champion at bantamweight in Strikeforce, defended her UFC belt successfully 6 times, and also fought the best of the best names in women’s fighting, which include victories over Julia Budd, Miesha Tate, Alexis Davis, Sarah Kaufman, and Cat Zingano. Did we forget to mention that she’s finished every fight she’s won, most in the first round by armbar? Impressive to say the least.
3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
With 5 successful title defenses to her name, Joanna is second in line to Rousey for holding the most consecutive title defenses in the women’s divisions of the UFC. Although she just lost her belt in a shocking round 1 KO to Rose Namajunas, the impressive resume she’s built in the sport can’t be denied.
4. Amanda Nunes
The current bantamweight champ, Amanda Nunes is the only woman other than Ronda Rousey to successfully defend this division’s belt. With wins over top contenders like Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, Sara McMann, and of course Rousey, she’s built a solid resume for herself at 135.
5. Rose Namajunas
This list wouldn’t be complete without Thug Rose! Namajunas is currently the only woman to ever beat Jedrzejczyk, after she knocked out the former champ in a near flawless performance that shocked the world. Not only does she now hold the strawweight title, but she’s also racked up a list of impressive wins over her career, with stoppage victories over fighters like Michelle Waterson, Angela Hill, and Paige VanZant. She will be facing Joanna once again in a rematch at UFC 223, so stay tuned to see if she remains on top in April.