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30 Hottest UFC Female Fighters

We’ve seen some amazing female fighters enter the Octagon and even though they compete in such an aggressive, heavy-hitting sport, we’ve also seen some of the most beautiful female athletes in the world.

Here’s a list of the 30 hottest UFC female fighters in history.

I’ll focus mostly on active fighters, with a few exceptions of beauties that competed in the promotion earlier but aren’t active anymore.

Many of them made a bigger name for themselves with modeling and being influencers, but hey, who can blame them?

The list is not ranked in any way.

Paige VanZant

We’re kicking things off with the obvious. Paige VanZant is probably even more popular as a model and an Instagram influencer rather than a fighter. Don’t let her looks fool you, though – she would probably kick your butt in a fight.

VanZant was one of the UFC’s biggest names at one point in her career. The combination of her attractive appearance and MMA skills were the perfect combination for many MMA fans.

The beautiful blonde now has almost 3 million followers on Instagram and has stated numerous times that she makes a lot more money on Instagram than fighting.

Still, it seems that she enjoys the thrill because she’s still an active fighter. PVZ is no longer a member of the UFC as she transitioned to bare-knuckle boxing. Oh, did I mention she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019 edition?

Amanda Ribas

She might not have the popularity that Paige VanZant has, but Amanda Ribas is just as beautiful. She was also the one to send PVZ out of UFC, as she submitted her with an armbar in their 2020 matchup.

She has that casual girl charm, an amazing body, and a beautiful smile, making her one of the most beloved women fighters in the UFC. She also has a million Instagram followers, and as much as she’s known for her incredible jiu-jitsu skills and her stunning looks, her positive, quirky personality is what makes her so hot.

Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson isn’t just one of the hottest UFC female fighters. She’s one of the most beautiful athletes in general. Nicknamed “The Karate Hottie,” Waterson wanted to be a model before falling in love with MMA. She trained karate since she was ten, later transitioning to kickboxing and ultimately mixed martial arts.

She’s quickly reaching 2 million followers on Instagram and is doing modeling parallel to her MMA career. She’s had multiple photoshoots, TV shows, and other gigs, and she promotes several brands on social media. Michelle is known as a kind person but a ferocious fighter.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

If Joanna Jedrzejczyk isn’t in your top five best female MMA fighters of all time, you’re crazy. The Polish fighter is the former UFC strawweight champion who defended her belt five times before losing it to Rose Namajunas. She had a prolific kickboxing/Muay Thai career before transitioning to MMA.

Known for her prolific striking, she went to war and fought in a couple of best women MMA fights in history, most notably a five-round war against Zhang Weili. If you saw Joanna for the first time in the viral photos after that fight, you probably have no idea just how beautiful she really is. She’s very popular on Instagram, too, amassing almost 2 million followers.

Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie Dern is one of the most decorated BJJ woman fighters globally, training since she was just three years old. The beautiful Brazilian-American got her BJJ black belt at age 19. After a successful grappling career, she decided to get into MMA, where she’s almost as successful as in BJJ but with less experience.

Mackenzie is also one of the few – if not the only UFC fighters that had to take maternity leave. She gave birth and returned to MMA action much quicker than anybody anticipated, though, and only lost once so far in her career. It’s only a matter of time before she gets a shot at the title. 

And hey, if she ever gives MMA up, she probably earns quite enough as a social media influencer, having nearly a million followers.

Rachael Ostovich

In all honesty, Rachael Ostovich isn’t one of the best MMA female fighters ever. However, she’s one of the hottest to ever step into the UFC. Even though she lost most of her fights in the octagon (including three consecutive losses leading to being cut for the UFC roster), a lot of people were watching them just because of her staggering appearance.

Her fight against Paige VanZant is dubbed the “prettiest” fight ever, and I can’t argue with that. Rachael is a beauty and isn’t afraid to show it. Judging by her appearance only, you would never assume she could beat you silly.

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate is yet another former UFC champion and one of the toughest women in the octagon ever. Her nickname “Cupcake” might fool you into thinking she’s this sweet, innocent girl, but Tate is a strong, beautiful woman with gorgeously long legs and a background in modeling.

Even though she went to war on numerous occasions inside the octagon and was never afraid to slug it out, Miesha got her nickname because of her cheerful, kind personality outside. She is a true representation of a strong, kind, and beautiful woman.

Tracy Cortez

You heard it here first – Tracy Cortez will become a UFC champion sooner rather than later. The young American of Mexican descent fell in love with MMA because of her older brother Jose, who was a pro fighter too. He never got to the UFC but paved the way for his baby sister.

Tracy’s only loss came in her professional debut, and she’s undefeated ever since. She still isn’t a huge name like some other women on this list, but she is definitely one of the hottest girls ever to enter the octagon. She is making it a career on social media as well, with almost 400 000 followers. 

Alexa Grasso

Alexa Grasso is yet another beauty on the UFC roster that you would never know is a successful MMA fighter if you didn’t know it already. She has this sweet appearance and an incredibly kind attitude, making her one of the most beloved fighters in the promotion ever since she signed a contract in 2016.

The Mexican cutie had her ups and downs in the octagon, but she is as dangerous in the octagon as anybody. She has around 420k Instagram followers, where you can see her in her hottest moments, not just bruised and mouth-guarded in the octagon.

Felice Herrig

Felice Herrig is one of the veteran fighters on this list, but one of the hottest, too. Her nickname “Lil Bulldog” doesn’t do her justice when it comes to her stunning appearance and a body many professional models would die for. She had her dose of success in the UFC before stumbling on a couple of string losses.

Her beautiful smile and stunning body are still there, even though she’s 36 years old. She’s still an active fighter, too, so maybe she’ll find a way to turn things around in her MMA career, too.

Jessica Eye

A lot of people thought that Jessica Eye would have more success in the UFC than she actually had so far. After sweeping the competition in Bellator, she had difficulty finding her rhythm in the UFC. Still, she’s an amazing fighter and has the appearance to be a model if she wanted to.

Unlike most women on this list, she doesn’t boast that sweet, innocent girl style. Instead, she has this strong, badass attitude that makes her even hotter. Her nickname Evil supports that attitude, too.

Aleksandra Albu

Aleksandra Albu might not have that much UFC experience, but the fans surely remembered her. The stunning Moldovan-Russian fighter has this natural cute face and a stunning body, making her one of the hottest female fighters in the UFC ever.

And, she isn’t afraid to show off her curves, too. She’s an aspiring model, and you can easily find videos of her twerking and proving she isn’t shy when it comes to her body. When you put in that much work into looking that good, can you blame her?

Randa Markos

Who doesn’t love redheads, right? Randa Markos is one of the most gorgeous redheads in the UFC, and she isn’t a bad fighter, either. Markos was born in Iraq but moved to Canada when she was still very young. Meeting her husband, also an MMA fighter, made her fall in love with the sport and transitioned from wrestling, which she had trained in high school.

She has gorgeous hair, a stunning body, and a skill set to be feared. She’s one of the most active UFC fighters, too, averaging almost four fights a year. Her several losses in a row put her at risk of being cut from the roster, but with her looks, I’m sure she’ll get offers outside the octagon in no time.

Claudia Gadelha

It feels like Claudia has been in the UFC forever. She fights in the UFC’s strawweight division and is definitely one of the hottest girls on the roster. What makes her even more unique is her large tattoo over the left side of her torso, but her MMA story is even more interesting.

Her parents didn’t allow her to train in martial arts because they saw them as too violent for a girl, but Claudia continued her training in secret. When they saw how good she is, they eventually gave her the green light, and she became one of the women fighters in the UFC. She’d probably be a champion at some point if it weren’t for Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who stopped her two times.

Holly Holm

Holly Holm is a veteran of the sport, and she’s one of the most famous female fighters ever. The incredible blonde has a kickboxing background, which she used time and time again inside the octagon, most notably knocking out Ronda Rousey with a brutal head kick to become the UFC champion.

Apart from being one of the best MMA female fighters in history, Holm is also incredibly beautiful and not afraid to show it. The 39-year old always looks incredibly natural, even on her social media, where she has over 2 million followers.

Tecia Torres

If you saw a photo of Tecia Torres and somebody asked you if she was a model or a fighter, you wouldn’t be wrong answering any of the two. Torres is one of the toughest women on the planet, yet she’s one of the most beautiful women on the planet, too. After a nice start to her UFC career, she strung a couple of losses but bounced back with a couple of wins, too.

She only lost to the toughest competition, such as Rose Namajunas, Jessica Andrade, Joanny Jedrzejczyk, and Zhang Weili, and if she decides to give up MMA, she’ll probably pursue a modeling career. She already had some underwear modeling gigs, and the photos are just stunning.

Andrea Lee

It’s funny how life takes us on paths we never even dreamed of. Andrea Lee worked as a waitress, where she watched some MMA on TV and got interested in it. She found a gym, started training and ended up being a fairly successful UFC fighter.

Lee is quite stunning, too. With her blonde hair and cowgirl attitude, the only thing making her even hotter is her gorgeous smile. She’s done some modeling along with MMA, even going topless for a ringside photoshoot at one point.

Valentina Shevchenko

Not only is Valentina Shevchenko a beautiful woman, but she’s one of the best female fighters in UFC and MMA history. She is a spectacular Muay Thai fighter, having a prolific career in that sport before transitioning to MMA.

She became the UFC flyweight champion and dominated the division for years, and it’s hard to see anybody but Amanda Nunes stopping her.

Ashley Yoder

Ashley Yoder is a UFC strawweight fighter with mediocre success in the Octagon. However, her beautiful personality makes her so radiant, while her stunning body definitely puts her among the most beautiful female UFC fighters ever. She kind of looks like a soccer mom, but ten times more hot.

Also, she sports one of the weirdest nicknames I’ve heard in the sport, as they call her Spider Monkey. I’ve never heard of spider monkeys before, but at least we know they are hot.

Cat Zingano

Cat is one of the most well-known female fighters to ever compete in the Octagon. Although she transitioned to Bellator, she had a lot of success in the UFC. She’s one of the rare fighters to defeat Amanda Nunes, and she did it with a huge TKO.

It’s incredible that Zingano has over 15 professional MMA fights and is 38 years old but still looks that incredible. She has well over half a million followers on Instagram and does a lot of modeling as of late.

Angela Hill

Angela Hill has been around in the UFC for quite some time, and she’s best known for her peculiar alien cosplays on weigh-ins and face-offs. Her recognizable hairstyle and stunning body are her biggest attributes that landed her a spot on this list.

She’s not a bad fighter either, and she has some nice UFC wins, although she never really got any real momentum. She also has two UFC stints behind her, in between which she became the Invicta FC strawweight champion.

Ronda Rousey

Is Ronda Rousey the most popular female MMA fighter ever? Probably. But is she the fighter that put women MMA on the map? Definitely. Rousey was the face of the UFC for years while she was the bantamweight champion. She retired from MMA even though she’s still in her mid-30s, but she’s as beautiful as ever.

She was cold-blooded and ruthless in the Octagon but kind and cute outside. She made a great career for herself after the UFC, though, starring in Hollywood movies and taking part in WWE pro-wrestling.

Ariane Lipski

Ariane Lipski is one of my favorites on this list, and I consider her the hottest fighter in the UFC right now. But, that’s just my opinion. She’s beautiful, but so much more than that. She was the KSW Flyweight champion at one point before transitioning to the UFC, and she well deserved her nickname “Queen of Violence,” finishing 9 of her 13 wins so far.

You’d never say that pretty face is so deadly with her fists, and she’s just 27. Her time is yet to come.

Cheyanne Buys (Vlismas)

Cheyanne Vlismas-Buys just became a member of the UFC in 2021. While her performance wasn’t that eye-popping, her appearance certainly is. She has a great upside to her game, and she’s only 25, meaning there’s a lot of progress yet to be made. She’s a beautiful woman but a genuinely sweet person, too.

Her Instagram has only 53 thousand followers, but I’m sure that number will explode after a few UFC fights.

Carla Esparza

Carla Esparza was the first UFC strawweight champion. Apart from being a fantastic fighter, Carla is also a beautiful lady, always with a smile on her face. She never got to defend her title, though, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk took her down on her first title defense.

Although she had some ups and downs in the promotion, Esparza found her footing again, stringing five wins and counting. It’s probably a matter of a moment before she gets a new shot at the title.

Joanne Calderwood

Joanne Calderwood has one of the sweetest faces in the game. She has a peculiar hairstyle and beautiful, big blue eyes. But, she’s not just a pretty face. She also has some skills and has been in the UFC ever since it introduced the women divisions.

JoJo, as she’s nicknamed, became a gatekeeper that every fighter has to go through if they want to get to the title. She’s also quite a funny girl, and her 172 000 Instagram followers would agree.

Rose Namajunas

Many folks don’t like her super-short hairstyle and prefer the long-haired Rose Namajunas. I think she looks just as beautiful and special as she ever did. Thug Rose is not only a wonderful woman and person but one of the best ever to wear UFC gloves.

She’s a striking virtuoso that became a champion two times, making her one of the few fighters to ever achieve that, especially in the women’s divisions.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Karolina Kowalkiewicz is a Polish MMA star that’s been in the UFC for a long time. She’s a gorgeous woman that hasn’t competed in a while after four consecutive losses and most likely won’t compete in the UFC again.

She left a mark, though, not only with her looks but with awesome fights and big wins against fighters like Felice Herrig, Rose Namajunas, Randa Markos, and others.

Montana De La Rosa

You probably haven’t heard of Montana De La Rosa before, but she is an incredibly talented and resilient fighter. She’s been in the UFC since 2017 and is still just 26 years old. De La Rosa fights in the flyweight division and garners much attention with her greatly entertaining fights and gorgeous looks.

Veronica Macedo

Finally, Veronica Macedo might not be one of the best fighters on this list, but in the end, it’s not a list about the best but the hottest fighters in the UFC. And, she certainly fits that bill. Aged just 25, the Venezuela-native is absolutely gorgeous.

She showed some promising skills that just aren’t mature enough yet, but she might get better with time. If not, we’ll enjoy watching her fights nevertheless.

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