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28 Hottest Female MMA Fighters 2023 [+Pictures]

Isaac Robertson
Published by Isaac Robertson | Co-Founder & Chief Editor
Last updated: September 3, 2023

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

The captivating Venezuelan fighter, Veronica Macedo, born in 1995, stands at a poised 5 feet 4 inches.

At 27, this MMA dynamo boasts a stint in the UFC's women's bantamweight division.

While her fighting journey might have seen some storms with a 1-4 record, her charisma now shines through as a commentator for the renowned ARES Fighting Championship.


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27 - Julianna Peña

The dazzling Julianna Peña, born in Spokane, Washington in 1989, stands tall at 5 ft 7 in.

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 competes in the Bantamweight division of the UFC.

Beginning her professional career in 2008, she climbed the ranks through organizations like Invicta FC and Strikeforce, eventually joining the UFC.

Today, even though she is a bit older than most fighters, she is still amazingly beautiful.


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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.

And with the flexibility of a gymnast, she doesn't stop amazing us.


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22 - Jessica Eye

Jessica currently holds the number 8 spot as a flyweight mixed martial artist.

And while she hasn’t won a world championship fight yet, that could just be a matter of time.

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 started as a Muay Thai fighter, but she now competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where she currently is in 15th place of the UFC women's strawweight rankings.

Looking at her social media feed, you’d never think that she’s 36 years old, especially when you look at the bikini photos she loves to share, which exude her youthful energy and 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.

And it seems that’s why so many Brazilian women are following in the footsteps of these great fighters.


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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.

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.

It seems like that innocent smile is very misplaced, and it completely disappears once she starts throwing punches.


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17 - Gina Carano

While Gina Carano doesn’t actively fight anymore, she hasn’t stopped advancing her career based on her talent and incredible good looks.

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 [4].

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.

That’s where she has achieved a number 5 Bellator MMA world ranking in the flyweight division.

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 [3].

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.

She wears a black eye with honor, and people love her for keeping it real like that.

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.

A lot of her style is based on Muay Thai, and it should only be a matter of time before she becomes a flyweight champion.


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11 - Rachael Ostovich

Rachel is probably the closest you’ll come to a real-life Wonder Woman.

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.

But it only takes a few seconds in a strawweight division fight to realize that she’s a serious female MMA athlete.

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.

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.

Ironically, Andrea Lee became an MMA fighter after watching martial arts fights on TV as a waitress.

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.

But don’t let that nickname fool you; there is nothing kitten-like about Grace.

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

And obviously, that makes her one of the hottest fighters for many of her fans.

7 - Jinh Yu Frey

Jinh is possibly one of the most inspirational Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA fighters alive [2].

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.

And if that’s not enough, she has an MBA that she got while working at a cancer facility in Texas.

6 - Bruna Vargas

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

While she hasn’t had the same kind of straight KO runs as others on this list, her photoshoots are something else.

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.

Unfortunately for our readers, Mackenzie is also married to professional surfer Wesley Santos, and she has put her MMA career on hold to have children.

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 regularly ranks in the top 10 for the women’s Ultimate Fighting Championship and is the star of many UFC fights.

“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.

Nicknamed the “Russian Valkyrie,” she is one of the best MMA fighters to come out of Russia.

1 - Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant ended up being the clear winner, and I think a lot of that has had 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 figure.

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 [1].


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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

Who Would You Add To This List Of Hottest Female MMA Fighters?

We were surprised how many MMA fans we had and how many of you were more than willing to share your vote on the hottest female MMA fighters.

Now, I imagine, if we have this vote again in a few months' time, it could completely change.

But for now, we’re happy that we found the sexiest fighters in the world, and we hope your top pick is on the list.

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