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The Top MMA Female Fighters

Updated on May 4, 2018

The Top MMA Female Fighters

I do a lot of write ups on the female fighters in mixed martial arts.

Except for the Cris Santos/Gina Carano fight awhile back, female MMA really doesn't get as much coverage as the MMA guys do.

But these ladies train and work just as hard as their male counterparts.

In Japan you have the Valkyrie and JEWELS (formerly Smackgirl) promotions that showcase women, but in the US, it's just not as popular.

The old EliteXC MMA promotion had female fighters, and now Strikeforce seems to be trying to give the ladies a chance.

But the UFC (back when this was written) still seems to be resistant.

Here are a few of the most talented and most popular female MMA stars today.

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Cristiane Justino (Cristiane Santos)

Cristiane Justino (Cristiane Santos) - MMA
Cristiane Justino (Cristiane Santos) - MMA

Featherweight Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (nee Santos) (17-1-1) was born on July 9th, 1985 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.

At five foot eight, 144 pounds, she is pretty much an unstoppable force in the ring.

But after defeating Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17th, 2011 in sixteen seconds of the first round, Cris tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.

She was stripped of the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship, had her license suspended for one year and was fined $2,500.

Since then she has returned to MMA and defeated Marloes Coenen and Fiona Muxlow, winning the Invicta FC World Featherweight Championship.

The infamous Cris Cyborg vs Gina Carano fight
The infamous Cris Cyborg vs Gina Carano fight

Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate - Women's MMA
Miesha Tate - Women's MMA

Moving back to Bantamweight, we have Miesha "Cupcake" Tate (18-6-0).
Miesha was born on August 18th, 1986 in Tacoma, Washington, United States.
This five foot six 134 pound female MMA fighter could be the next "Female Face of MMA".
She is trained in Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu.
Miesha retired from MMA in 2016.

Tate vs Rousey - MMA Fighters
Tate vs Rousey - MMA Fighters

Miesha Tate Chokes Out Holly Holm - UFC 196

Marloes Coenen

Marloes Coenen - Top MMA Female Fighters
Marloes Coenen - Top MMA Female Fighters

Here is a lady that several people thought might put an end to Cris's domination, Dutch born MMA fighter Marloes "Rumina" Coenen (23-7-0).
Marloes was born on March 31st, 1981 in Olst, Netherlands.
This five foot nine, 145 pound Dutch Style Submission Grappling expert fell to Santos at Strikeforce Miami on January 30th, 2010.
But don't count her out yet.
She dropped some weight and took out Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: San Jose on October 9th, 2010 for the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Championship.

Erin Toughill vs Marloes Coenen

Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman - Top MMA Fighters
Sarah Kaufman - Top MMA Fighters

Sarah Kaufman was born on September 20th,1985 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Sarah is five foot five, 135 pounds and is trained in Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

So far in her career she has held the Hardcore Championship Fighting Women's Bantamweight Championship and the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Championship (which she lost to Marloes Coenen).

Her current MMA record is 17-4-1

Ronda Rousey vs Sarah Kaufman

Megumi Fujii

Megumi Fujii - Top MMA Female Fighters
Megumi Fujii - Top MMA Female Fighters

Megumi "Mega Megu" Fujii (26-3-0) was born on April 26th, 1974 in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

She is five foot three, 115 pounds and is trained in Boxing, Kickboxing, Sambo, Judo, Jujutsu and Catch Wrestling.

Megumi had her 22 and 0 winning streak broken by Zoila "Warrior Princess" Frausto at BFC - Bellator Fighting Championships 34 on October 28th, 2010.

Megumi retired in 2013.

Zoila Frausto (Zoila Gurgel)

Zoila Frausto - MMA Fighter
Zoila Frausto - MMA Fighter

The woman that handed Megumi her first loss, Zoila "Warrior Princess" Frausto was born on September 10th, 1983 in Fresno, California.

Zoila married Jorge Gurgel (also a MMA fighter) on February 19,2011.

She is a Flyweight, and her current MMA record is 13-5-0.

Zoila is five foot four and weighs 115 pounds.

Of course on October 28th, 2010, she defeated Megumi Fujii to become the first Bellator 115 lbs Women's Champion.

Lisa Ellis (Lisa Ward)

Lisa Ellis - MMA
Lisa Ellis - MMA

Standing five foot four and weighing 115 pounds, you wouldn't think much about taking Lisa Ellis-Ward (15-10-0) on.

But this young lady is trained in wrestling and jiu-jitsu, and 10 out of those 14 wins have been via submission.

She is the sixth highest rated Flyweight (107-115 pounds) in the world.

Roxanne Modafferi

Roxanne Modafferi - Women's MMA
Roxanne Modafferi - Women's MMA

Moving back to Bantamweight fighters, we have Roxanne "The Happy Warrior" Modafferi (19-12-0).

She was born on September 24th, 1982 in Wilmington, Delaware, and is five foot seven and weighs in at 135.

Roxanne is trained in Kempo, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Jessica Aguilar

Jessica Aguilar - Top MMA Female Fighters
Jessica Aguilar - Top MMA Female Fighters

Flyweight, Jessica "Jag" Aguilar has a MMA record of 19-5-0.

She was born on May 8th, 1982 in Houston Texas, and is five foot four, 113 pounds.

Jessica is one of the few openly gay fighters in MMA.

Jessica Eye

Jessica Eye - Top MMA Fighters
Jessica Eye - Top MMA Fighters

Jessica "Evil" Eye was born on July 27th, 1986 in Parma, Ohio.

She is a Super Flyweight (116-125 pounds) and has a MMA record of 11-5-0.

Jessica was undefeated until she ran into Aisling Daly at NAAFS - Fight Night in the Flats 7 on June 4th, 2011 at the Nautica Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio.

She lost to Aisling via submission in the 2nd round of a 5 round fight.

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey - Top MMA Female Fighters
Ronda Rousey - Top MMA Female Fighters

I'm not gonna say a whole lot about Ronda Rousey here because I have whole Lens devoted to her.

Let's leave it at the woman looks fantastic in the ring and has earned the title of "Submission Queen" although no one calls her that.

Five pro MMA fights, all ended in submission and only one went over 49 seconds.

You can read more about her here...

Ronda Rousey

Elaina Maxwell

Elaina Maxwell - MMA Fighter
Elaina Maxwell - MMA Fighter

This lovely lady has a ring name that really doesn't seem to fit her...Elaina "Beef" Maxwell.


Anyway...Elaina first came to everyone's attention when she took on (and lost to) Gina Carano on December 8th, 2006 in Strikeforce's very first female MMA fight.

Elaina lost that fight via Unanimous Decision, but she has gone on to a 7-4-0 record and is currently on a three in a row winning streak and she is rated seventh in the Unified Women's MMA Rankings 145-pound female MMA fighter category.

Her last fight was a win over Ashley Sanchez at RFA 2 - Yvel vs. Alexander on March 30th, 2012 at the United States Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Nebraska.

Amanda "Lioness" Nunes

Amanda "Lioness" Nunes
Amanda "Lioness" Nunes

Brazilian MMA Fighter Amanda Nunes was born on May 30, 1988 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
She is five foot eight, 135 pounds and is trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.
Her current MMA record is 13-4-0.
As of this writing, she is the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.

Arlene Blencowe

Arlene "Angelfist" Blencowe
Arlene "Angelfist" Blencowe

Arlene "Angelfist" Blencowe was born on April 11, 1983 in New South Wales, Australia.
Like a lot of other current MMA fighters, Arlene started out in boxing.
She held championships in the World Boxing Federation and the Women’s International Boxing Association.
Her boxing record was 4-4-0.
Arlene switched over to MMA in 2014 and now has a 7-5-0 record.
I wonder if her ring name comes from the 1993 film, "Angelfist"?

Megan Anderson

MMA Fighter Megan Anderson
MMA Fighter Megan Anderson

Currently ranked the number 7 female mixed martial artist in the world by the WMMA, Megan Anderson is an Australian fighter who competes in Invicta.
She is six feet tall and weighs 145 pounds.
Her current MMA record is 7-2-0 with three KOs or TKOs, two submissions and two decisions.

Lina ‘Elbow Queen’ Lansberg (7-2-0)

Lina "Elbow Queen" Lansberg (7-2-0) - MMA
Lina "Elbow Queen" Lansberg (7-2-0) - MMA


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    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      doesn't the mma woman breast become smaller? I heard that their muscle pop out instead

    • AmbitiousSquid profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice lens, surely these women deserve some more attention then they currently get.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Your lenses always make me want to get back into my martial arts training and sparring. Too bad I'm not 20 years younger anymore.

    • WhiteTigerKungFu profile image


      6 years ago from 1990 Westwood Blvd Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      whether its boxing or MMA, the ladies still don't get the same exposure in the media as the men.

    • WhiteTigerKungFu profile image


      6 years ago from 1990 Westwood Blvd Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      cool lens. the ladies still don't get the same exposure as the men in boxing.

    • ny-kickboxing profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      female mma has long been ignored, needs ever bit of help it can get!

    • bensen32 lm profile image

      bensen32 lm 

      6 years ago

      I have to say when I first heard about female MMA I was like this is stupid, I figured it was just going to be some hotties with no talent thrown out there to draw attention to the sport. well shows you what I know, these ladies have talent. Thanks for the lens, very good.

      Oh and you were my 300th poll taken, nice.

    • Timewarp profile image


      7 years ago from Montreal

      Yeah Ronda Rousey is coming up strong, her finish of Julida Budd was nasty!

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      7 years ago

      I'm a huge supporter of Women's MMA. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Charmaine Tweet before her fight with Ronda Rousey. I then interviewed Ronda after her win over Charmaine. Ronda is the real deal and should go far in the sport.

    • GoodinDevelopme profile image


      7 years ago

      Curious to see what happens to womens MMA in the US after Zuffa bought out Strikeforce. Enjoyed your lens.

    • Sabre1000 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Yes, Cris trained with all the Silvas at Chute Boxe in Brazil.

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      7 years ago

      I'm a huge MMA fan, it's about time the ladies are being taken seriously. I've seen some great fights with women MMA competitors. Christiane Santos is from Curitiba in Brazil, the same place as Anderson Silva (my absolute favorite MMA fighter) I wonder if they train together


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