Female MMA Fighters
MMA Female Fighters with Gina Carano, Cristiane Santos, Ronda Rousey and more.
Female MMA is still in it's beginning stages.
But it has already pretty much overtaken female boxing as the number one female combat sport.
(Okay, I'm not counting womens pro wrestling).
Although there is a lot of division among fans on the sport, the Gina Carano vs Cristiane Santos bout at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg got both fighters and the sport a lot of press.
Here are a few of the best known and most promising female MMA fighters in the sport.
Former MMA fighter Gina Carano is in a category all her own.
I think it's called "Hot beats everything else".
She hasn't had a fight since Cris "Cyborg" Santos destroyed her at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg back on August 15th, 2009.
But she is still the most popular female mma fighter on this list.
Gina was born on April 16th, 1982, in Dallas County, Texas.
The woman that was once the "Face of Women's MMA." played basketball, volleyball and softball before getting into MMA. She even led the Trinity Christian High School in Las Vegas to a state title.
Gina started out in Muay Thai where she had a record of 12-1-1.
She appeared in the first ever sanctioned female MMA bout in Nevada against Leiticia Pestova.
Part of Gina's popularity is her good looks that have enabled her to branch out and draw in more fans for female MMA.
Besides fighting in the steel cage, Gina has appeared in "American Gladiators"as Crush, the Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 video game as Natasha Volkova, and she was in the fight film Blood and Bone starring Michael Jai White.
Gina also appeared in the 2005 cult film "Ring Girls" along with fellow female MMA fighters LaTasha Marzolla, Ardra Hernandez, Lisa King and Christine Toledo.
Along with Lisa King, she appeared as a mentor in the 2007 Oxygen series "Fight Girls".
In 2009, Gina Carano was ranked number 16 in Maxim's Hot 100 list.
Her current MMA record is 7-1-0.
There were rumors that she would be returning to the steel cage in 2011, but that didn't pan out.
She focused all her concentration on her role in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" with Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender.
Coming up for Gina is not a trip to the steel cage, but a role in John Stockwell's film "In The Blood" which will be (from what I understand) a feminine version of "Taken".
And it's possible she will show up in Fast & Furious 6 with Dwayne Johnson...aka The Rock.
In September 2012, Producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey, Machine Gun Preacher) announced that Gina had signed on for the lead role in a film that is supposed to be the female version of The Expendables.
Is it possible that Gina may return to the cage?
There are rumors that UFC President Dana White wants Gina to come back and fight Ronda Rousey.
Again in the category of "Hot beats everything else", we have MMA fighter Miesha "Cupcake" Tate.
Now that's not to say Miesha isn't talented...not at all.
She has a MMA record of 18-6-0 that shows she is no slouch.
This five foot six 134 pound female MMA fighter was born on August 18th, 1986, in Tacoma, Washington.
She is trained in Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu and her last fight was a loss to Cat Zingano at UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13th, 2013 via TKO (Knees and Elbow).
UPDATE: On March 5th, 2016, Miesha beat Holly Holm to win the UFC title.
UPDATE: On July 9, 2016, she lost the UFC's Women's Bantamweight Champion after submitting to Amanda Nunes.
Female MMA Fighter Marloes "Rumina" Coenen was born on March 31st, 1981 in Olst, Netherlands.
This one one of the ladies that people thought could possibly put an end to Cristiane Santos' reign of terror.
Cris beat her, but Marloes turned around and beat Liz Carmouche and Sarah Kaufman back to back.
But she was stopped by Miesha Tate at the Strikeforce event I mentioned above.
Her current MMA record is 21-5-0 with her last fight being a win over Fiona Muxlow (via submission) at Dream 18 - Special NYE 2012 on December 31st, 2012.
Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey was born on February 1st, 1987 in Riverside County, California.
Before entering MMA, Ronda was an experienced Judoka (Judo practitioner).
She was the youngest Judo player at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, she won a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships, in 2006 she won a gold medal at the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain and then the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships.
Her current MMA record is 7-0-0 with all seven wins via submission.
Ronda's last fight was a win over Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce - Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18th, 2012 via Submission (Armbar) at 0:54 of the first round.
On February 23, 2013, Ronda and Liz Carmouche will became the first two women ever to fight in the UFC.
Ronda won the match via submission in 4:49 of the first round, which is her longest MMA fight to date.
And here we go back to "Hot beats everything else".
Erin Toughill is a great female martial artist to be sure.
She's got a 10-3-1 MMA record.
The problem is that Erin waited almost two years between fights, then lost to Ashley Sanchez via Unanimous Decision at FCF - Freestyle Cage Fighting 46 on April 9th, 2011 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Yet she is still the fifth most popular female fighter.
Amanda "Lioness of the Ring" Nunes was born on May 30th, 1988 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Her MMA record is 7-3-0 with her last fight was a loss to Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta FC 4 - Esparza vs. Hyatt on January 5th, 2013 via Decision (Unanimous).
Again the "Hot beats everything else" factor figures in because at times I think she resembles Rosario Dawson.
But even with that this lady has the cred.
She started out boxing at the age of sixteen and then began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
UPDATE: Amanda defeated Miesha Tate for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200
This five foot one, 145 pound powerhouse was born on October 22nd, 1986 in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
She started training in judo at the age of three.
Before going full into MMA, Rin was a female grappler with a 2-2-0 record.
In MMA, her current record is 13-0-1 with her last fight being a win over Danielle West at Pancrase - Progress Tour 14 on December 1st, 2012 via Unanimous Decision.
Sarah Kaufman was born on September 20th, 1985 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
She started out in dance, went to aerobics kickboxing and finally wound up in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Sarah's current MMA record is 16-2-0 with her last bout being a win over Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5 - Penne vs. Waterson on April 5th, 2013 via Decision (Split).
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos is now known as Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.
At one time the most dominant force in female MMA, Cris has had to fight back from January 6, 2012, when she tested positive for stanozolol, which is an anabolic steroid.
As a result of the banned substance, the fight she had with Hiroko Yamanaka was changed to a no contest and Cris had her license suspended for one year and was fined $2,500.
She was also stripped of the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship.
Cris returned to the steel cage on April 5th, 2013 and defeated Fiona Muxlow at Invicta FC 5 - Penne vs. Waterson.
She beat her in 3:46 of the first round via TKO (Knees and Punches).
Cindy "Battlecat" Dandois was born on October 26th, 19?? in Borgerhout, Antwerpen, Belgium.
She's five foot seven, 145 pounds and her MMA record is 5-1-0.
Her last fight was a win over Jorina Baars via TKO (Punches) at SD - Staredown on March 19th, 2011 at the Expo Hall in her hometown.
What makes this fight unusual is that she won this fight when she was two months pregnant!
Don't try this at home.
Since then Cindy has given birth to a healthy baby daughter that she has nicknamed "Battlekitten".
Germaine de Randamie
Germaine de Randamie
Germaine de Randamie was born on April 24th, 1984 in Utrecht, Netherlands.
She is a Dutch kickboxer and female mma fighter who competes in Strikeforce's women's featherweight division.
She made her debut on January 29th, 2011 at RFC - Revolution Fight Club 2 with a loss to Vanessa Porto via submission (armbar).
Germaine has gone on to a 3-2-0 MMA record.
Featherweight female MMA fighter Fiona Muxlow is five foot four and weighs 143 pounds.
She made her MMA debut on June 2nd, 2007 at Princesses of Pain - Australasian Knockouts with a win over Justine Kalauni.
Since then she has a 6-3-0 MMA record, with her last fight being a loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino at Invicta FC 5 - Penne vs. Waterson on April 5th, 2013 via TKO.
Julianna Pena aka "The Venezuelan Vixen" was born on August 19, 1989 in Spokane, Washington.
This five foot six, 135 pound bantamweight is trained in Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Her current MMA record is 8-2-0 and she has beaten some of the best in the bantamweight class like Cat Zingano, Jessica Eye, Milana Dudieva and Jessica Rakoczy.
Rachael "The Panther" Cummins is a female MMA fighter AND a model.
She is five foot nine, 125 pounds and is of German, Swedish and Russian heritage.
Her current MMA record stands at 3-2-0 following a win over Slavka Vitaly at Venator FC - Guerrieri Italiani Finals on May 30th, 2015 via Decision (Unanimous)
One of the best current runs in MMA is 155 pound Mexican strawweight Alexa Grasso.
Alexa is currently 8-0-0.
4 of those 8 wins were by knockout.
Alexa was born on August 9th, 1993 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and fights in the UFC,