28 Hottest Female MMA Fighters (2024) Top Pics Ranked

Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Published by Christiana Mikesch, CPT | Senior Coach
Last updated: May 10, 2024
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I don’t think our team has had such a heated debate as we did about the top spots on our list of hottest female MMA fighters. We’re all fans of mixed martial arts, and some of us have even taken up Brazilian jiu-jitsu. But being an MMA fan seems to have also clouded judgments.

So, we contacted readers and decided to put it to a vote and see how they would decide on the hottest female MMA fighters.

It was a very tight race for the top spots, and keep in mind that this list is not a reflection of these amazing women’s MMA career results.

It’s all down to hotness!

Top Hottest Female MMA Fighters

28 - Veronica Macedo

Veronica Macedo, a Venezuelan fighter born in 1995, has made her mark in the UFC's women's bantamweight division.

Despite a challenging journey, she's now a commentator for ARES Fighting Championship.

 

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27 - Julianna Peña

Not just a pretty face, she's a force in the UFC as the first woman to both win The Ultimate Fighter and clinch the UFC champion title.

Beyond the ring, she's been championing genuine beauty with No B.S. Skincare since 2018, promoting vegan, cruelty-free, and USA-made products.

 

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26 - Cat Zingano

Cat Zingano, who began her MMA career in 2008, has risen through the ranks, competing in organizations like Invicta FC and Strikeforce before joining the UFC's Bantamweight division.

 

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25 - Claudia Gadelha

Not sure if we have a huge following from Brazil, or it just speaks for how hot these women are, but Claudia is one hell of a fighter with an amazing smile, radiating a unique charm that's hard to ignore.

Most of her skills are in grappling and forcing submission, and it seems that whenever she gets close to an opponent, she manages to do some serious damage.

 

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24 - Randa Markos

We were surprised to find a mixed martial artist from Iraq on this list, but Randa certainly deserves a spot here.

The 36-year old from Baghdad might not have the greatest MMA record, but she is a force to be reckoned with, displaying a tenacity and resilience that's truly inspiring.

23 - Aleksandra Albu

Aleksandra has been voted one of the sexiest MMA fighters to represent Russia, and she has also impressed fans with her MMA style.

She often poses in quite suggestive ways, and the bikinis she often shows off don't leave much to the imagination, showcasing her confidence and comfort in her own skin.

 

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22 - Jessica Eye

Jessica Eye was a formidable fighter.

From huge cuts and swollen eyes, she’s a tough woman and one of the best fighters of her generation, embodying the spirit of resilience and determination.

 

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21 - Felice Herrig

Felice Herrig, initially a Muay Thai fighter, now ranks 15th in the UFC's women's strawweight division.

Her vibrant social media presence showcases her zest for life.

 

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20 - Amanda Ribas

Here’s another Brazilian mixed martial artist with great success in the strawweight division.

With over 1 million followers on Instagram, Amanda is becoming an ever-greater social media influencer, using her platform to inspire and motivate her followers.

 

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19 - Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna is a mixed martial arts star who is also the former champion in the strawweight division of the UFC.

Away from the limelight, Joanna is known to be a prankster in her training camp. Her playful nature, combined with her fierce determination, makes her a favorite both inside and outside the cage.

At last count, she has almost 2 million followers, and it’s the mix of honest post-fight images along with the odd bikini modeling career that seems to have worked.

18 - Tracy Cortez

Tracy Cortez might be one of the smaller fighters in the world, but that hasn’t stopped her from going up against tough competitors in the flyweight division.

She’s also one of the hottest MMA stars around with a body that is the envy of many of her co-stars.

 

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17 - Gina Carano

The former UFC star was a great American mixed martial artist and mainly works as an actress and model now.

Not surprisingly, Gina Carano has chosen to show off her fighting skills in movies and TV shows, so you still get to enjoy her skills on the big screen [1].

16 - Alexa Grasso

Alexa is one of the best female fighters from Mexico and is currently ranked number 10 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.

At 28, she still has a long career ahead of her, and with a pro-MMA record of 13-3-0, we can expect a lot more success from her in the flyweight division.

 

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15 - Alejandra Lara

Alejandra Lara is our top mixed martial artist pick from Colombia, and she’s currently signed with the Bellator MMA promotion.

Her Instagram feed tends to share more of her training photos, and she does that to inspire other women not to be afraid of the hard work and great rewards that MMA can give them.

14 - Lena Ovchynnikova

Now, you might think that a fighter from the featherweight division wouldn't be as vicious, but Lena, aka The Hunter, has proven many times that she’s the real deal [2].

She holds the world title for the WBC Muaythai featherweight division and has black belts in both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

The Ukrainian star has had a successful pro career since 2009 with a 12-6-0 MMA record.

13 - Ariane Lipski

We’re on a Brazilian role here, as Ariane is a mixed martial artist from Curitiba.

What MMA fight fans love about her is that along with the bikini photoshoot images, she also shares pictures of her injuries.

 

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12 - Bruna Ellen

Bruna is a mixed martial artist from Brazil, and this blond bombshell has gained a lot of following over the past couple of years.

With a 5-3-0 MMA record in the flyweight division, she has some serious fighting talents.

 

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11 - Rachael Ostovich

The MMA fighter started her career in 2010 and is now fully signed up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

She has also broken into the top 10 UFC women's flyweight rankings on several occasions and has managed to build up an Instagram following of almost 1 million.

 

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10 - Cynthia Arceo

Here is another mixed martial artist that would not look out of place on a professional cheerleading squad.

Unlike other competitors, she has focused on fighting and not social media, but her appearance, smile, and striking good looks are pretty sure to get her set up as a social media influencer at some time.

 

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9 - Andrea Lee

You could be fooled into thinking that Andrea Lee is just a pretty cheerleader, but this female MMA star can pack quite a serious punch.

And that amazing physique and smile have struck a chord with so many fans around the world.

 

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8 - Grace Cleveland

Grace is quite a controversial mixed martial artist and is known as the Thai Kitten.

Some of her social media pics include her in full fighting gear, with an amazing body and a snake wrapped around her neck.

7 - Jinh Yu Frey

Jinh is possibly one of the most inspirational Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA fighters alive [3].

She’s an active fighter in the atomweight division of Invicta FC, and you’ll also recognize her from advertisements for Onnit Nutrition and Hyper Sportswear.

6 - Bruna Vargas

Bruna is a Brazilian MMA fighter in the flyweight division, and she brings that South American flair to every fight.

She loves showing off her bikini body to fans and even looks amazing on the red carpet.

5 - Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie is an amazingly professional mixed martial artist and possibly one of the strongest competitors in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

With that hourglass figure and an amazing smile, it’s hard to believe that she’s the ultimate fighter.

4 - Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson has those cute and innocent looks that are unbelievably deceiving.

As a former Invicta FC atomweight champion, Michelle Waterson is also known as “Karate Hottie” and has achieved a lot of success in the UFC women's strawweight rankings.

She often emphasize the importance of mental strength, stating that victories are as much a result of a strong mind as they are of a trained body.

 

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“I fight because it allows me to face my fears head-on and conquer those fears one by one.”

- Michelle Waterson

3 - Miesha Tate

Miesha is another one of the hottest female fighters and probably made this list because she recently came out of retirement and wowed the world with an even more amazing body and beautiful face.

As a bantamweight competitor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, she doesn’t look like she’s slowing down at age 35.

 

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2 - Anastasia Yankova

In true Rocky-style, this list has a flyweight division competitor of Paige VanZant in second place from Russia.

Anastasia has competed as a Muay Thai fighter and in Karate, but it’s as a mixed martial artist that she’s made the biggest impact.

1 - Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant ended up being the clear winner, and I think a lot of that has to do with some pretty revealing photos that she hasn’t been shy to share on social media.

She has almost 3 million followers on Instagram, and I’d say they all eagerly anticipate the latest photos Paige VanZant has to share. Her peak physique makes her an inspiring figure for women aspiring to achieve more with their figures.

The American MMA fighter has also had a good bit of success in the flyweight division and has even taken the brave step into bare-knuckle fighting [4].

Showcasing the indomitable spirit of a fighter, she has undergone multiple surgeries but has always returned with the same vigor.

From her struggles in the early days to her rise to fame, she often shares those snippets of her life on social media, giving fans a glimpse into her world beyond the fights.

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“I strictly want to beat every opponent I face, whether it's for a title or for a small show. The only thing for me is winning my fights and being the best athlete I can be.“

- Paige VanZant

References:

  1. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2442289/
  2. https://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Lena-Ovchynnikova-45740
  3. https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/32655-jinh-yu
  4. https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/8/14/22624907/paige-vanzant-reveals-mental-health-struggles-loss-everyone-expects-me-lose-everyone-expects-me-fail
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT is a personal trainer and author with contributions to publications like the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. She emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining an energy-fueling diet, goal-oriented workouts, and daily habits. Her approach avoids short-term goals and fosters a lifelong commitment to health and well-being.
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