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15 Greatest Female MMA Fighter of All Time

The first female MMA fight took place in the USA in 1997. Since then, many females have taken part in MMA.

There are some incredible female MMA fighters. They have successfully created names for themselves. 

Are you excited about our list of the 15 greatest female MMA fighters? Then hang on with us.

15 Greatest Female MMA Fighter of All Time

15. Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman (born September 20, 1985) was a dancer since two and is now the greatest and most formidable female MMA fighter.

Canadian mixed martial artist Kaufman is in the Women’s Bantamweight Division.

Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Sarah has played 27 professional matches.

Further, the fighter has won 21 matches and lost 5 games, with 1 as no contest as of 2021.

Sara Kaufman flexing her muscles
Sara Kaufman flexing her muscles

On June 1, 2007, she won Valérie Létourneau via TKO in the second round, the first female MMA fight in the promotion’s history.

Furthermore, Kaufman won the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship on 2010 February 26, defeating Takayo Hashi. 

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14. Rose Namajunas “Thug Rose”

Rose Namajunas (born June 29, 1992) is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States.

She competes in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)’s strawweight division.

At age five, Namajunas started learning taekwondo and earned a junior black belt at nine. Then she began to learn both karate and BJJ.

Later, she started training kickboxing and mixed martial arts in high school. 

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She competed in an amateur MMA competition in 2010 and went 4-0, with two victories by TKO and two wins by decision.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, Rose is noted for her technically advanced striking and footwork.

Also, she uses a wide range of angles and inventive tweaks to crush her opponent.

She is number 1 in the UFC Women’s Strawweight as of December 2020, with 10 wins and 4 losses.

Moreover, she has 4 Amateur record breakdowns where her opponent couldn’t defeat her.

13. Xiong Jing Nan “The Panda”

A professional Chinese mixed martial artist, Xiong Jing Nan (born January 12, 1988), is one of the greatest female MMA fighters.

Jing Nan originally trained to board the weightlifting career. However, she found her passion in boxing instead.

First Chinese World Champion in MMA history, Jing Nan competes in the strawweight division of UFC.

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Xiong Jing Nan after winning a fight.

Jing Nan is the first and only woman to win the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.

Also, Jing Nan has a professional MMA record of 15 wins and 2 losses out of 17 matches.

Furthermore, she has defended the belt multiple times with aplomb, including defeating ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee for the first time.

12. Tara LaRosa

Tara LaRosa (born January 8, 1978) is a professional mixed martial artist from America who is also a grappler.

She found most of her success while competing for the BodogFight.

She was the first and only Bodog Fight Women’s Bantamweight Champion (135lbs). 

After dominating the bantamweight division for seven years, she started to fight in the flyweight division in 2009.

She was number 1 at flyweight between 2010 and 2012.

In addition, Tara was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame of New Jersey in 2013.

Also, LaRosa is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Judo. She has a professional MMA record of 22 wins and 5 losses.

Moreover, she won DaMMage Fight League Women’s Super Flyweight Champion in 2010 and  2009 and Locked in the Cage Women’s Flyweight Champion.

In addition, the fighter has also won UCW Women’s Bantamweight Champion 2006.

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11. Holly Holm’s “The Preacher’s Daughter.”

The professional mixed martial artist from America, Holly Holm (born October 17, 1981), is number 11 of our greatest female MMA fighters.

Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly successfully defended her belts 18 times in three weight classes.

While hitting the opponent’s head with solid jabs, Holm uses a lot of lateral movement.

She frequently waits within the pocket to attack with counter-strikes, usually with a straight left hand.

Such fighting style might be why she became the first and only female fighter to win both UFC and boxing.

Moreover, she has been awarded 2015 Female Fighter of the Year and 2015 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year.

The fighter has also won Ring magazine Fighter of the Year (2005, 2006) and many more.

Also, she is currently ranked 2 in the UFC women’s bantamweight and eighth in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound as of October 19, 2020.

Furthermore, Holm has an MMA record of 33 wins, 3 losses, and 3 draws.

10. Claudia Gedelha

The professional female MMA fighter from Brazil, Claudia Gedelha (born December 7, 1988), is competing in the strawweight division of UFC.

Three times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, Gedelha made her debut in pro-MMA on June 5, 2008.

Furthermore, Gedelha is ranked number 8 in UFC female strawweight division. Also, she is a second-degree black belt in BJJ.

Likewise, Claudia has a professional MMA record of 18 wins and 5 losses.

Claudia has conquered the Fans Favourite Fighter of the Year Award 2013, Fight of the Night award two times, and many more.

9. Marloes Coenen

A retired Dutch professional MMA fighter, Marloes Coenen (born March 31, 1981) debuted in November 2000 in MMA with eight consecutive victories.

She began martial arts training because she had to bike alone to and from school through a lonely portion of the forest.

Also, she had heard legends about “filthy men in the forest” who preyed on females. So, learning martial arts was for her protection.

Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion has a record of 8 losses and 23 wins.

Likewise, Coenen won the first female MMA Championship, ReMix World Cup, in 2000.

Additionally, she has accomplished different grappling championships like Dutch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion and 2007 ADCC Bronze – Women’s Under 67 kg.

8. Zhang Weili

Zhang Weili (born 13th August 1989) is a professional Chinese MMA fighter currently competing in the strawweight division of UFC.

She the first-ever East Asian or Chinese to hold any title in UFC.

Fans even considered her the best fighter to compete in the KLF competition.

Moreover, she is ranked number 1 in UFC women’s strawweight and 4 in UFC women’s pound-for-pound as of April 26, 2021.

Also, the fighter is a former Kunlun Fight Strawweight Champion and UFC Women’s Strawweight World Champion.

In addition, Weili has a record of 21 wins and 2 losses out of 23 matches till now.

 7. Jennifer Maia

Jennifer Maia (August 13, 1989) is a female MMA fighter from Brazil.

Maia currently competes for the women’s flyweight division of UFC and is ranked number 4 in the UFC women’s flyweight as of December 14, 2020.

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Jennifer Maia is posing for the photo.

On December 5, 2009, Maia made her first MMA debut and conquered all the first four fights in the first round. 

Former Invicta FC Flyweight World Champion Maia has won the Performance of the Night Award against Joanne Calderwood in UFC.

Furthermore, she has once accomplished the Invicta FC Fight of the Night award and the Invicta FC Performance of the Night award.

Out of 27 matches, Maia has a record of 19 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw.

6. Satoko Shinashi

The Japanese professional female MMA fighter Satoko Shinashi (born January 29, 1977) is Japan’s all-time best female MMA fighter.

Fans call her a submission expert as she has won most of her fights with a submission.

Moreover, Shinashi specializes in judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and sambo, which might be a plus point for maintaining such an impressive professional MMA record.

Out of 38 matches, Shinashi has won 34 games, lost 2, and had 2 draws.

On February 22, 2008, she won the DEEP Women’s Flyweight (99 lbs) Championship in a one-night DEEP: 34 Impact tournament.

5. Valentina Shevchenko’s “Bullet.”

Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian professional female MMA fighter Valentina Shevchenko (born March 7, 1988) is currently competing in the Flyweight division of UFC.

Former Muay Thai Fighter Shevchenko is the present UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion.

And the fighter is currently ranked #2 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound as of November 23, 2020.

Shevchenko is widely known for her uncanny ability to judge an opponent’s attack range and return various counterattacks.

In addition to her striking, she is a black belt in Judo and a highly proficient grappler.

She has a professional MMA record of 21 wins and 3 losses.

Furthermore, Shevchenko has won the I.F.M.A World Championship gold medal eight times.

Also, she has accomplished UFC Performance of the Night (Three times) and Most wins in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division.

The MMA fighter has also won the Most consecutive wins in UFC Women’s Flyweight division, the Most knockout wins in UFC Flyweight division history, and many more.\

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4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (born on 18th August 1987) is a professional MMA fighter from Poland.

Currently, Joanna is competing in the women’s strawweight and flyweight division of UFC.

Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Jedrzejczyk is considered one of the best female fighters. Jdrzejczyk is recognized for her controlled and precise striking.

Jedrzejczyk is currently ranked 2 in the UFC women’s strawweight as of October 19, 2020.

And she is ranked fifth in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound as of April 26, 2021.

Furthermore, she is a former Muay Thai kickboxer with a professional MMA record of 16 wins and 4 losses.

Her significant accomplishments are UFC Most title fights in UFC women’s divisions and UFC Performance of the Night (once).

The female MMA fighter has also won the Fight of the Night (three times), the Most wins in UFC women’s strawweight history, and many more.

3. Ronda Rousey “Rowdy.”

Number 3 on our most excellent female MMA fighters list is Ronda Rousey (born February 1, 1987).

Ronda Rousey is a former American fighter well-known for her grappling prowess, particularly for her armbar victories.

Rousey began her MMA career after winning bronze in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics, making her the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport.

She made her MMA appearance for King of the Cage before joining Strikeforce.

The fighter became the final Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion before the UFC purchased Strikeforce in 2011.

Also, she won the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship and the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship in the same year.

Additionally, she was the first female fighter elected into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018.

Likewise, Ronda Rousey has a professional MMA record of 12 wins and 2 losses.

In addition, the talented female MMA fighter has also acted in the movies such as The Expendables 3, Furious 7, Mile 22, Mortal Kombat, etc.

2. Cristiane Justino

Cristiane Justino (born July 9, 1985), also named Cris Cyborg, is a Brazilian-American professional MMA fighter.

In addition, She currently competes in Bellator MMA as of January 2021.

Former Strikeforce, UFC, and Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion, Cyborg has held the Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion title since January 2020.

Moreover, male or female, she is the only MMA competitor in history to achieve Grand Slam status, winning world titles in four different mixed martial arts promotions.

Cyborg is also former Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai fighter. Likewise, she has a professional MMA record of 24 wins, 2 losses, and 1 no contest.

Furthermore, she conquered many MMA awards like (2010, 2009) Female Fighter of the Year and 2013, Featherweight of the Year.

In addition, the fighter also conquered 2011 Female Fan Favorite of the Year (2010, 2009), Female Featherweight of the Year, and many more.

1. Amanda Nunes “The Lioness.”

Amanda Nunes (born on 30th May 1988) is a professional MMA fighter from Brazil who is currently a dominating champion of the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions.

She is the first woman in UFC history to win two divisions. Nunes is primarily recognized as the all-time most superb female MMA fighter.

Amanda Nunes is currently ranked number 1 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound as of June 2, 2020.

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Amanda Nunes is posing for the picture.

Moreover, Amanda Nunes was a blackbelt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a brown belt in Judo.

Nunes has conquered many MMA accolades and awards like Female Fighter of the Year (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020), Performance of the Night (five times), and 2018 Knockout, ETC.

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