When you hear the term “mixed martial arts”, you get the idea of perfectly chiseled specimens fighting their hearts out. However, as in any kind of sport, even MMA has opened its doors to women. The female side of the competition is just as fierce; the competitors are every bit as focused as their male counterparts.
Here is a list of the best female fighters out there. These are a versatile mix composed of both champions and challengers.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino
Cris “Cyborg” has always been in the discussion for best fighters in this list. However, the lack of competition in her division has not been a friend; she hasn’t been as active as she should be. Her last victory was an impressive one, however, disposing of Tonya Evinger via knockout to win the title.
Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes
Amanda Nunes’ resume includes a lot of high profile names: twice locking horns with Valentina Shevchenko and winning, she went on to face off against Shayna Baszler, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, and Ronda Wousey. She even managed to win a belt in the process. Her glaring weakness, her stamina, wasn’t seen in her most recent bout against Shevchenko, indicating she managed to solve it somehow.
More known as a clinical striker, Jedrzejczyk seems to know the drill. Knowing that her tactics, by itself, won’t be enough to blow away the competition, she has added more tools to her arsenal; hence, she is more known for her striking than her grappling. Despite her loss to Rose Namajunas in November, she is still one of the best to ever fight in the game.
Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko
Here is a testament to how volatile the fight game can become. Amanda Nunes won against her, true, but she was in line to fight Miesha Tate if she managed to won. However, she took the path less traveled—she fought Nunes again after victories against Julianna Pena and Holly Holm. She did lose again, though, but she still could take that belt in another time, another opponent, because of her skills.
Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha
Claudia Gadelha has always been touted as a great fighter, even after her two losses to the same fighter—Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, she has since created waves with her victory against rank-2 contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz. It’s an indication of how far she’s willing to go to get to the top of the rankings and to the belt.
There’s no sign how long they can keep their rankings and results. If there’s anything certain, though, it’s that these girls won’t give up the pursuit for excellence, no matter how long it may take.