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Who Are the Hottest Female UFC Fighters of All Time?

Isaac Robertson
Published by Isaac Robertson
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: November 6, 2021

Some of the highest-paid female celebrities today started their careers as combat sports athletes.

Besides showing great strength in mixed martial arts, female MMA fighters have displayed exceptional beauty, making them extremely popular on social media.

To know more about them, I created a list of the 20 hottest UFC fighters of all time, with interesting highlights in and outside the ring.

Let's check them out.

Summary of the Key Findings

  • The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has opened doors for many young women who wanted a life shift by setting a stage to show their talents and skills in the field of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). 
  • These women dedicated their tender age to being experts and masters at the skill they are passionate about. 
  • Over time, these female fighters have proved to become the most in-demand celebrities, admired and loved by the masses.

Hottest UFC Female Fighters of All Time

1. Paige VanZant - "12 Gauge"

  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height: 5 ft 4 in
  • Nationality: American

Paige Michelle VanZant is a green-eyed goddess who, for many MMA fans, is a smoking hot sensation, with almost 3 million social media followers.

At an early age, she trained for boxing and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which led her to fight her first amateur match with Invicta FC at 18.

In 2013, UFC signed her and eventually became one of the top-ranked warriors in the women's flyweight division.

Her striking looks and physique earned her several modeling careers and television appearances, namely in 'Chopped' and Dancing with the Stars.

Her striking looks and physique earned her several modeling careers and television appearances, namely in 'Chopped' and Dancing with the Stars.

Also, she was privileged to cover for the 2019 issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition.

Paige VanZant may have decided to shift to bare-knuckle boxing with BKFC, but she remains one of the hottest female MMA fighters today.

2. Michelle Waterson - "The Karate Hottie"

  • Age: 35 years
  • Height: 5 ft 3 in
  • Nationality: American

Michelle Eileen Waterson juggles her life as a fighter, an athlete, a model, and a mom, capturing the hearts of almost 2 million followers on Instagram.

At 10, she fell in love with karate and trained her best to become a black belt holder.

At 10, she fell in love with karate and trained her best to become a black belt holder.

She later became known in 2007 by appearing in a reality show, Fight Girls, which was followed by kickboxing and winning world championships as a competitive UFC mixed martial artist.

Not to mention being a former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion [1].

All her MMA commitments didn't stop her from appearing in numerous TV shows and modeling for ESPN's "The Body Issue."

The Karate Hottie is not just one of the hottest UFC female fighters but also a multi-rounded person in general.

3. Miesha Tate - "Cupcake"

  • Age: 34 years
  • Height: 5 ft 6 in
  • Nationality: American

Miesha Theresa Tate is a former UFC champion with a sweet byname. She represents a strong and fierce female MMA fighter with a kind and cheerful personality, inspiring more than 2 million followers.

She remains undoubtedly one of the hottest female mixed martial artists of all time, as she managed to maintain her stunning looks and gorgeous physique despite being a mom of two.

Her experience as an MMA fighter started as an avid wrestler in Franklin Pierce High School, where she won the state championship in 2004. That led her to pursue an MMA career in 2007.

Today, Miesha Tate lives with her family in Singapore and takes the vice-presidential seat for ONE Championship.

4. Rachael Ostovich

  • Age: 30 years
  • Height: 5 ft 3 in
  • Nationality: American

Rachael Ostovich may not be considered as one of the best MMA female warriors but is regarded as one of the sexiest and most beautiful in UFC.

Her MMA career started as an amateur in 2010, and she had four pro fights with Invicta FC.

She had several losses in fights, but she retained her fighting spirit, which gave her a spot on the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

She eventually entered the women's flyweight division as a UFC fighter.a

But in early 2020, Rachael Ostovich was given an eight-month suspension from the UFC for testing positive for Ostarine [2].

5. Ronda Rousey

  • Age: 34 years
  • Height: 5 ft 7 in
  • Nationality: American

Ronda Jean Rousey may be the most popular female MMA fighter ever.

She guested on television shows like Entourage and covered for magazines like Maxim due to her classic barefaced, natural alluring look.

It is undeniable that she is one of the most alluring female MMA warriors of all time.

"She changed the world. She put female fighting on the map. She's been part of the biggest fights in the history of women fighting, and I hope those records can be broken. I don't know if they can, but I hope they can." - Dana White, current UFC President.

Inside the Octagon, the women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was ruthless and intense.

But outside the ring, she was good-natured and friendly.

Her experience and exposure from UFC paved her way to pursuing a career in Hollywood and WWE.

Today, Rousey remains the face of the UFC, captivating millions of hearts with her greatness and beauty.

6. Mackenzie Dern

  • Age: 28 years
  • Height: 5 ft 4 in
  • Nationality: Brazilian-American

Mackenzie Lynne Dern Santos is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt holder who earned ADCC and IBJJF World Championship titles.

She started her MMA career in 2016, followed by the UFC in 2018, where she made numerous successful fights, including that of Ashley Yoder.

Dern now holds an impressive MMA record of 8-1.

Today, Mackenzie Dern is among the most sought-after hottest female MMA fighters. The Brazilian native charm has enchanted nearly a million followers, especially because she managed to keep fit even after giving birth.

7. Tracy Cortez

  • Age: 27 years
  • Height: 5 ft 5 in
  • Nationality: Mexican-American

Tracy Cortez showed interest in becoming a mixed martial artist and started training at 14. Her MMA career continued to blossom, and at age 26, she won eight pro fights.

Tracy Cortez is undoubtedly one of the most provocative and sexiest MMA warriors ever to enter the Octagon, with almost half a million followers on Instagram.

Today, she might not have captured the heart of the advertising media yet. But sure enough, her beguiling looks and competitive MMA fighting skills will earn her a spot on television and magazines.

8. Andrea Lee - "KGB"

  • Age: 32 years
  • Height: 5 ft 7 in
  • Nationality: American

Andrea Lee is a female fighter whose blonde hair and pioneering spirit make her one of the prettiest women in UFC, not to mention her wide beaming smile.

While working as a waitress, she watched MMA on TV and thought she should try.

She went to the nearest gym and started training regularly.

Her dedication and determination made her signed by the UFC in 2009 and became one of the most active and competitive MMA fighters in the world today.

As of March 2021, Lee was ranked 11th in the women's flyweight rankings.

9. Alexandra Albu

  • Age: 31 years
  • Height: 5 ft 3 in
  • Nationality: Moldovan-Russian

Alexandra or Aleksandra Albu is a former UFC mixed martial artist with a fascinating face and impressive curves.

She doesn't shy away from posting sexy pictures and showing her twerks on social media platforms.

In 2013, she had her first professional fight in Octagon Fight Club in Moscow.

After winning her debut fight, she signed to fight with UFC in the strawweight division and has remained undefeated in three fights since turning pro.

10. Claudia Gadelha - “Claudinha”

  • Age: 32 years
  • Height: 5 ft 4 in
  • Nationality: Brazilian

Ana Claudia Dantas Gadelha is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu expert who made it to the UFC's strawweight division and has a great MMA story to tell.

In 2008, she started her MMA career and won her first 12 fights to enter the UFC and become one of the best female fighters in the world.

As of January 2021, the energetic Brazilian ranks 7th and 15th in the UFC women's strawweight and pound-for-pound rankings, respectively.

Not only is she good at MMA skills, but she also possesses a beautiful face, a well-fit body, and a large tattoo on her body.

Today, she is one of the hottest female fighters in the Octagon, with almost a million Instagram followers.

11. Valentina Shevchenko - "Bullet"

  • Age: 33 years
  • Height: 5 ft 5 in
  • Nationality: Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian

Valentina Anatolievna Shevchenko is well-loved and hailed as one of UFC's best and hottest female pro fighters today.

Her strong MMA skills and beautiful personality made her one of the best contenders in UFC history.

She is a sensational Muay Thai fighter, having successful bouts in that sport before becoming a mixed martial artist.Without a doubt, Valentina Shevchenko now holds the current title as the UFC Women's Flyweight Champion [3], and who knows what's more in store for her soon.

12. Holly Holm

  • Age: 39
  • Height: 5 feet 8 in
  • Nationality: American

Holly Rene Holm-Kirkpatrick is one of the most famous, incredibly appealing female MMA fighters in history, with over 2 million Instagram followers.

Holly Holm is a seasoned kickboxing expert, most particularly noted for knocking out Ronda Rousey with a ferocious head kick to become the UFC champion.

Also, she ranked number 2 in the World Boxing Council (WBC), and out of 19 MMA fights, she made 13 wins, with eight losses.

Holly doesn't share too many inviting posts on Instagram, attributed to her being a preacher's daughter, unlike many other UFC women.

13. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

  • Age: 34
  • Height: 5 ft 6 in
  • Nationality: Polish

UFC Women's Strawweight legend Joanna Jedrzejczyk is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, amassing almost 2 million followers on Instagram.

Jedrzejczyk, a former Muay Thai kickboxer, became a world kickboxing champion in amateur and professional ranks.

At 21, she entered MMA and became one of the UFC's elite fighters.

She won the UFC Strawweight Championship in 2015 and defended this belt five consecutive times. But Rose Namajunas coveted the title at UFC 217, which was Joanna's first professional MMA loss. It was seconded when she set out on MMA's 2020 Fight of the Year with a final result in favor of Zhang Weili [4].

14. Amanda Ribas

  • Age: 27 years
  • Height: 5 ft 5 in
  • Nationality: Brazilian

Amanda Ribas is one of the most beautiful and famous female contenders in the UFC.

And it is not surprising that she is a crowd favorite.

Amanda has a fascinating giggly personality to top up her fantastic figure and bright smile.

Amanda has a fascinating giggly personality to top up her fantastic figure and bright smile. That is why she is appreciated by billions of followers on Instagram.

As an MMA fighter, she has been trained by her father, Marcelo Ribas, to become a spirited fighter, which led her to defeat Paige VanZant with a first-round armbar at UFC 251.

Amanda Ribas is a black belt holder in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Judo and is considered a title threat at flyweight with 10-1 and 7 finishes.

15. Felice Herrig - "Lil Bulldog"

  • Age: 36 years
  • Height: 5 ft 4 in
  • Nationality: American

Felice Nicole Herrig is another celebrity among the most beautiful martial arts fighters.

Felice is a Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist who started pro-fighting in 2009 and continued inside the UFC in 2014.

Aside from her pretty face and excellent MMA skills, she has a hot body to show.

So who can say she can't turn the tables on her MMA career?

She may have had her brief taste of success, but her captivating smile and a stunning body, even at 36, puts her among the hottest female fighters ever to fight for UFC.

16. Ariane Lipski - "The Queen of Violence"

  • Age: 27 years
  • Height: 5 ft 6 in
  • Nationality: Brazilian

Ariane Lipski has this fresh aura of a beautiful face and a well-toned physique.

She won the 2017 KSW Women flyweight championship, which paved the way to UFC, and is now considered one of the hottest fighters in the promotion today.

She bagged the name "Queen of Violence" by finishing 9 of her 13 wins. A star in the making currently holds a 52-5 KO record in the UFC women's featherweight division.

She has earned a balanced reputation of fierceness and ingenuity by carrying an actual professional MMA fighter image.

17. Gina Carano

  • Age: 39 years
  • Height: 5 ft 8 in
  • Nationality: American

Gina "Crush" Carano exudes a gorgeous face inside the Octagon, setting the stage for her Hollywood career.

Although she never battled for the UFC, Carano's beauty and accomplishments as an MMA fighter put her on the list of the hottest female fighters.

She began her fights in Muay Thai, amassing an impressive 12-1-1 record, before going into MMA in 2006. She had a 7-0 standing before the first high-profile, televised MMA fight in 2009 with Cris Cyborg.

The unfortunate loss cleared the way for her early retirement, opening the doors to acting careers in Hollywood, namely in Deadpool, Fast and the Furious 6, and Star Wars: The Mandalorian Episode 5.

18. Alexa Grasso

  • Age: 28 years
  • Height: 5 ft 5 in
  • Nationality: Mexican

The Mexican strawweight Alexa Grasso is another pretty face that attracts almost half a million Instagram followers.

But if you get in a fight with her, don't be fooled by her sweet looks because she can be as fierce as she is in the Octagon.

In 2012, she started her mixed martial arts career and signed to Invicta FC, which laid the foundation for Grasso to sign to the UFC in 2016.

She won her promotional debut against Heather Jo Clark, making her one of the most beloved fighters in the promotion.

19. Ashley Yoder - "Spidey Monkey"

  • Age: 34 years
  • Height: 5 ft 7 in
  • Nationality: American

Ashley Elizabeth Yoder is a UFC strawweight fighter making a few successes in the Octagon.

Although she didn't win on The Ultimate Fighter back in 2016, the UFC asked her to sign up for the promotion.

Her love for dogs radiates her lively personality. Topped with stunning looks and a gorgeous physique makes her one of the hottest, most beautiful female UFC fighters ever.

20. Rose Namajunas - “Thug Rose”

  • Age: 29 years
  • Height: 5 ft 5 in
  • Nationality: American

Rose Gertrude Namajunas is a UFC pro fighter who currently holds the Women's Strawweight World Championship title [5].

Her change in hairstyle sparked a debate among many fans. Some raving fans didn’t support the skinny hairstyle and preferred her long hair.

As far as I am concerned, she still looks just as pretty and exceptional.

Indeed, Rose is a remarkable fighter and a beautiful person inside out.

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Final Thoughts on the Hottest Female MMA Fighters

Getting public recognition and approval takes more than just a talent or skill.

These women have come to conquer the world of mixed martial arts and they have earned themselves a rightful place on television and social media.

Stunning looks and an appealing personality with constant media and online presence are necessary to create significant new opportunities.

Millions of raving fans and followers have also opened their hearts to appreciate the celebrities' true selves behind their most beautiful faces.


REFERENCES:

  1. https://www.onnit.com/pro-team/michelle-waterson/
  2. https://www.khon2.com/sports/ufcs-rachael-ostovich-accepts-usada-sanction-after-proving-that-she-ingested-tainted-supplements/

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