MMA is known for its vicious and powerful competitors, but nothing is fiercer - and more fun to watch - than a gorgeous lady who knows how to kick some serious butt. Here are 50 female MMA fighters who are proof that you can be both a beauty and a beast in the ring. They're solid masses of muscle and spend years training for their craft - which we're here to celebrate them for. Not only do these women maintain 'bodies of art,' but they are also a thing of beauty in the cage. #1 and #7 will definitely raise your blood pressure.
50. Cassie Crisano
Cassie Crisano is a US-based MMA fighter. She is currently 37 years old (her birthday is on July 27), and she was born in Prince George's County, Maryland. She weighs 145 pounds (that is 65 kg for our international readers). Her MMA fighting class is "featherweight," which means she is on the light side of things. Her MMA team association is with "Team Predator" from the US, a team which has seen plenty of success in the past few years.
Cassie is a former police officer, who is currently having some legal problems due to an alleged arson attempt. Apart from that, she is also facing another multitude of charges, including fraud and identity theft. Some of these charges are connected to the attempted arson attack, which was done in regards to the residence of her child's father in Fairfax County. It seems the former MMA star had a difficult fall from grace in the past few months.
49. Gazzy Parman
Gazzy Parman is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, and an active member of the female-only BJJ club called "Dirty Dozen." The team started with the first 12 women outside of Brazil to achieve a black belt in the sport. This was because, in previous years, the sport was mainly dominated by men, and not a lot of women had reached the status of being a black belt (which takes years of training).
She is best known for her grappling moves, which have made her a semi-celebrity on YouTube. She started back in the early 2000s, which means her career is spanning for almost two decades now. She has an outspoken demeanor, which has granted her a fair share of fans across the globe, including in places like Europe and Asia. Gazzy is also one of the first female gym owners in the USA, which was a remarkable feat at the time when it happened.
48. Alyse Anderson
Alyse Anderson is one of the youngest girls to be featured on today's list. She was only 23-years old at the time of writing of this list (she was born on January 13, 1995), and like most other female MMA fighters, she is from the continental US. She was born in the small town of Mason, Michigan, and she is 5'5", which is about 165 cm. She weighs 105 lbs, placing her firmly in the atmoweight fighting category - the lightest one possible.
Her MMA team association is with the "Scorpion Fighting System," and her latest results show her winning 3 out of her 4 last fights. Despite her youthful and diminutive stature, she has seen plenty of success, which is why many experts speculate that her fighting records are only going to grow as time goes on. During an interview, she was asked to describe herself with a single word, and this was her reply: "mom, how would you best describe me?". Her mom said, "tenacious, you are absolutely tenacious sweetheart".
47. Alejandra Lara
Alejandra Lara is one of the only MMA stars to be featured on today's list that is from the South American country of Colombia. Just like Alyse, she is also 23 years old, and she was born on 4 August 1994. She is slightly taller than Alyse, at 5'7" and weighs 125 pounds (which is about 170 cm and 56 kg, respectively). Her fighting class is flyweight, which is on the medium side in terms of female body weight. Her fighting association is the Combat Training Club.
She has an amazing pro fighting record, winning 7 out of her last 8 fights (she lost the other fight, and has 0 draws). That's one of the longest winning streaks in her category. Her fans gave her the nickname "Azul." She is originally from the city of Medellin in Colombia, but spends a lot of time in the states due to her MMA schedule (although her primary residence is still in Colombia).
46. Jessamyn Duke
Jessamyn Duke is a 31-year old MMA fighter from Richmond, Kentucky. She is one of the tallest fighters on this list, measuring at 5'11" (which is 180 cm) and weighing 136 pounds (or 61.6 kg). She is a part of the bantamweight MMA fighting category, which is on the heavier side of things. Her team association is with UWF USA, a team with which she has worked with during the past several years.
Although she is a good and experienced MMA fighter, her past several fights weren't good - she is on a losing streak, meaning she has lost the past five fights. Before that, she had several wins and a single draw. Fans are hoping that her performance is going to pick up in the future, but time will tell if that is going to happen. For now, her fans need to get used to her losing streak.
45. LaTasha Marzolla
There is not a lot of publicly available information regarding LaTasha's weight, although one important fact is well-known - apart from being a successful MMA fighter, she has also appeared in several Playboy Special Edition magazines. In 2004, she was chosen as Model of the Year, an award which she was very proud of. LaTasha was born on August 21, 1979, making her one of the older women to be featured in this article.
She was born in the US and has attended high school in Las Vegas, where she first started participating in the junior varsity wrestling team. She is also a kickboxer, and is currently competing for the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Fighting Championship. Before she became a professional MMA fighter, she decided to learn self-defense because her house was robbed. After that event, she enrolled for Muay Thai classes with the well-known Master Toddy.
44. Mackenzie Dern
Mackenzie Dern is one of the most celebrated MMA fighters in the history of the sport. During some periods she has even been ranked as the #1 female fighter, according to her fighting streaks, which sometimes amounted to even doing 6 fights without losing or coming to a draw. She is currently 25-years old and was born on 24 March 1993. She is 5'4", making her one of the shortest female fighters to be featured in this list.
Her weight is 115 lbs (which is about 52.16 kg), making her a part of one of the most competitive MMA classes - the strawweight category. She is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and her team association stands with MMA Lab. Her last fight happened on March 3, 2018, which was just a few weeks ago. Her next fight is scheduled to happen in the upcoming weeks. Apart from that, she is also an ADCC and BJJ (black belt) World Champion.
43. Ann Osman
Ann Osman is a 31-year old MMA fighter from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. She is 5'3" (which is about 160 cm) and weighs 125 pounds, which amounts to 56.7 kg. Her fighting class is flyweight, and her team association stands with the Borneo Tribal Squad. She is one of the only fighters from Malaysia to make it to the US MMA leagues, which means she must have been one of the better fighters in her home country.
Her fighting record is very hit and miss, as her current streak stands at 5 wins, 4 losses, and 0 draws. It seems she alternates between winning and losing on every other fight. Her nickname used by fans and commentators alike is Athena, named after the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare. Ann Osman is also known in Malaysia for being the first female athlete to become an MMA fighter.
42. Julia Berezikova
Julia Berezikova comes from Russia - more specifically, the city of Krasnokamensk. She is 34-years old, and she was born on 17 November 1983. She is 5'6" tall (which is about 167 cm), which is about average for female MMA fighters. She weighs 126 lbs, which is about 57 kg in the metric system. Her current fighting record stands at 9-4-0, meaning she has 9 wins (one of the largest margins in today's list), 4 losses and 0 draws. During her childhood, she injured her back, and doctors said she could never do any sports - however, her MMA stats show the doctors' opinion was not correct.
She was off to a great start, winning most of her fights, until she was knocked out by Rosy Duarte in October 2015. After that fight, Julia has not appeared in another MMA fight. Still, she holds many records, which is why she was ranked as the #7 female fighter in the world (for her weight category). The ranking was done the Unified Women's MMA Rankings organization.
41. Holly Holm
Holly Holm is a US-based MMA fighter. She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently 36-years old. She was born on 17 October 1981, and is 5'8" tall (which is about 172 cm). Her weight stands at 145 pounds (which is 65 kg in the metric system), lacing her in the featherweight fighting class. Her team association is with the Jackson-Wink MMA. She has a good fighting record, although she is currently fighting against a losing streak.
Her current record stands at 11 wins and 4 losses, although most of those losses happened in the past few months, which had a negative effect on her fans and her MMA ranking. In previous years, she was the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, while before joining UFC, she worked as a professional boxer and kickboxer. It seems that fighting and self-defense were always her favorite sport and pastime activities.
40. Kelly McGill
Kelly McGill is a US-based MMA fighter. She was born on May 25, 1995, making her 23-years old. She is currently fighting in the bantamweight division of the Invicta Fighting Championship - a lesser known variant league from the UFC. Her height is 5'9" (which is about 175 cm) and she weighs 136 pounds, which amounts to about 61.69 kg in the metric system. Her team association stands with the Last Stand Fight Team.
Her current fighting record is kind of a mixed bag - she lost her last two fights, while she won the previous two ones. Her last fight happened back on August 29, 2017, which means that she is almost going to spend a full year without going into the ring. It is now known whether she is going to come back to fighting, almost most of her fans are hopeful that that's going to happen.
39. Darla Harris
Darla Harris has an interesting nickname - she goes by the name of "Train Wreck," similar to the comedy film featuring Amy Schumer. Anyway, Darla's physical attributes are the following: she is 5'5" (which is about 165 cm) and she weighs 104 pounds, which amounts to 47.17 kg in the metric system. Her weight class is the lightest possible - she is a part of the atomweight fighting category. She was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Her team association is with the Pariah MMA, a team that is widely known for their recent successes. Darla, however, is not part of that winning streak - she has lost the last three fights, although before that she had a streak of three consecutive wins. Her most active years were in the period of 2012 and 2013, which means that she may be slowly coming to an end of her MMA fighting career. Time will tell if that is true or not.
38. Jinh Yu Frey
Jinh Yu Frey is an American born MMA fighter. She is originally from Arlington, Texas, and she is 32-years old, making her one of the oldest women to still be in the ring. Her physical stats are the following: she is 5'2" (which is 157.48 cm), making her one of the shortest fighters in the league. Due to her stature, her weight is also relatively light, hitting the scale at 106 pounds, which amounts to 48.08 kg in the metric system.
Her team association stands with the Mohler MMA team. Her current fighting record is a mixed bag, standing at 6 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws. She lost two of her last three fights. Her last fight happened on December 23, 2017, meaning that her next fight should happen relatively soon. There are a few other interesting stats regarding her fighting abilities - for example, she won 17% of her fights by giving a knockout to her opponents.
37. Kelsey DeSantis
Kelsey De Santis has an interesting life story. For one, she began her work life as part of the military, more precisely with the USMC. However, a few years down the line she quit in order to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a professional MMA fighter. She moved to South Florida, in order to begin her practice of Muay Thai and other similar skills. In the meantime, she also started a non-profit that helps other veterans pursue a better life and employment opportunities.
She is currently 29-years old, and she was born on 30 August, 1988. She is from San Diego, California, and she is 5'10" (which is 177.8 cm) and she weighs 145 pounds, which amounts to 65.77 kg in the metric system. Her fighting category is in the featherweight category, and her team association stands with the American Top Team. She hasn't had a fight since March 02, 2013, since it seems that she is busy with other professional endeavors (like being a fitness instructor).
36. Jessica Eye
Jessica Eye is one of the more active MMA fighters in the current season. She is 31-years old, and she was born on 27 July 1986. She is Ohio's second largest city, Cleveland. Her physical attributes are the following: she is 5'6" feet tall (which is about 167 cm) and she weighs 135 pounds, which amounts to 61.23 kg in the metric system. That places her in the bantamweight fighting class, and her team association is with the well-respected Strong Style Fight Team.
Due to her high level of activity, there are a lot of stats about her past few fights. For example, her current record sits at 12 wins, 6 losses and zero draws. She had a four losses streak, which she gladly ended by winning her last fight against Kalindra Faria (the fight took place on January 14, 2018). Due to the frequency of her fights, we can expect her to fight again in the next few months.
35. Carina Damm
Carina Damm is another fighter from the country that invented a lot of the moves and techniques featured in MMA - Brazil. She is 39-years old, making her one of the oldest female fighters to be featured in this list. She is still fighting, meaning she is showing no signs of wanting to retire anytime soon. Her stats are the following: she is 5'4" tall (which is 162.56 cm) and she weighs 135 pounds, which amounts to 61.23 kg in the metric system.
She is from the small village of Villa Velha in Brazil, which makes her rise to fame in the US even more of a spectacular success. She had to fight in local tournaments in Brazil for many years before she got invited to local championships abroad. She also has a long history of winning - she has 23 wins in total. Apart from that, she also has 14 losses and zero draws. She has scored a knockout in 30% of all of her winning fights.
34. Ginele Marquez
Ginele Marquez is an American-born MMA fighter. She is from Orange County, California. Her age and date of birth are not publicly available on the MMA statistics websites. Her physical attributes are the following: she is 5'3" feet tall (which is 160.02 cm) and she weighs 135 pounds, which amounts to 61.23 kg in the metric system. Her fighting class is the popular bantam weight category, and her team association is with the CSW team.
She has exactly won 50% of all of her fights, and she has scored zero draws. She is one of the few fighters to be featured in today's list that has never won a victory by scoring a knockout against her opponent - perhaps that is more a part of her technique, rather than some kind of disadvantage. She has also won two of her fights by a decision of the referee, rather than by scoring a submission (TKO) from her opponent.
33. Erin McDougall
Erin McDougall is another fighter that has missing publicly available information regarding her age and date of birth. Her physical attributes are available though, and here are the highlights: she is 5'6" (which is 167.64 cm) and she weighs 125 pounds, which is about 56.7 kg. Her fighting category is the flyweight category, and her team association stands with the 918 Factory.
She is not currently very active in the ring, and she has a total of three recorded fights according to Sherdog.com. She has won two fights, lost one, and has zero draws. She has scored zero knockouts against her opponents, and she has won all of her fights only by decisions from the referees. She has lost her last fight, which happened on April 23, 2015, which was against Anita Rodriquez.
32. Jenna Fox
Jenna Fox is a relative newcomer to the MMA scene. She is 26-years old (she was born on 15 January 1992) in the USA. Her physical attributes are the following: she is 5'7" (which is 170 cm) and she weighs 145 pounds, which is 65.77 kg in the metric system. Her fighting class is the featherweight category. She doesn't have a lot of fights recorded on the MMA tracking websites. Her last known fight is against Kim Woods, a fight which happened on October 8, 2016.
Her last fight lasted for one minute and six seconds, which is a lot less than how long a regular fight lasts. While Jenna didn't win with a knockout, she did win with a TKO (which means submission to punches). Apart from MMA, Jenna is also proficient in boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She is currently listed as an active fighter, although she hasn't had a fight in over a year.
31. Valentina Shevchenko
Valentina Shevchenko is originally from Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic, but she is currently registered as fighting out of the city of Lima, Peru. She is 30-years old, and she was born on 7 March 1988. She is 5'5" tall (which is about 165 cm) and she weighs 125 pounds, which is 56.7 kg in the metric system. Her fighting class is flyweight, and she is a part of the Tiger Muay Thai fighting association.
She is one of the more successful fighters to be listed in today's list, having won 15 out of her 18 registered fights according to the Sherdog MMA tracking website. She has won 27% of all of her fights with a knockout, which must have been entertaining to watch for her fans. She has also lost a single time from a knockout. Her last fight was against Priscila Cachoeira, which happened relatively recently, on February 3, 2018. According to the frequency of her fights, we can expect her to fight against during the next 12 months.
30. Carla Esparza
Carla Esparza has one of the more interesting nicknames of all female MMA fighters - she goes by the name "Cookie Monster." It is not entirely sure whether she got the name from her diet, or from her fighting style. Anyway, she is one of the shortest fighters to be featured in this list, measuring at 5'1" feet tall, which is 154.94 cm. She weighs 115 pounds, which is 52.16 kg in the metric system.
Her fighting category is strawweight, and her association is with Team Oyama. She is originally from the small town of Redondo Beach, California. She is 30 years old, and she was born on 10 October 1987. She has won 13 fights, and she also has 4 losses. She has won 23% of all of her fights with a knockout, while she has also lost 25% of her fights due to a knockout. She is currently fighting in the main UFC division, and is largely known for her extreme grappling abilities.
29. Kailin Curran
Kailin Curran is a US-based MMA fighter. She is originally from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, making her the only woman from Hawaii to be featured in this article. She is 26-years old, and she was born on 11 April, 1991. She is 5'4" feet tall, which is 162.56 cm. She weighs 113 pounds, which is 51.26 kg in the metric system. Her fighting class is strawweight, and her association is with the Reign MMA team.
She has 10 registered fights on the MMA tracking websites, which show that she has 4 wins, 6 losses, and zero draws. She is currently on a losing streak, having lost her four past fights. Her last fight was against Xiaonan Yan, which happened on November 25, 2017. She has had a fight in over 6 months, meaning that her fans can hope that a fight can be scheduled during the next 6 to 12 months.
28. Bridgette Batch
Bridgette Batch is a US-based MMA fighter, originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her date of birth and age are not publicly known, however, her physical attributes are available. She is 5'8" feet tall (which is 173 cm) and she weighs 142 pounds. She has five registered official MMA fights, which peg her record at 2 wins, 3 losses and zero draws. Her last fight was against Ashlee Evans-Smith, which happened on April 7, 2012, and resulted in Bridgette losing.
She hasn't had a fight in over five years, which means that she may not be active anymore, and may not join any future MMA championships. While she was active, her nickname was Black Wolf, and she was a part of the Wand Fight Team. Her current residence is listed as being in Austin Texas, meaning she has moved out of her native Nevada.
27. Tecia Torres
Tecia Torres goes by the nickname of "The Tiny Tornado." She is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and she is 28-years old. She was born on 16 August 1989. Her physical attributes are the following: she is 5'1" (which is 154.98 cm) and she weighs 115 pounds, which is 52.16 kg in the metric system. Her team association is with the American Top Team, and her fighting category is listed as strawweight.
She is one of the more successful MMA fighters in regards to her winning streaks. She has won 10 of her last 12 fights (the other two were losses, she has no draws). Interestingly, she has scored zero knockouts against her opponents, and she has won nine of her last ten fights by a referee decision, meaning she has a highly technical fighting style, which prioritizes saving her endurance instead of landing punches against the other fighters.
26. Cat Zingano
Cat Zingano goes by the name of "Alpha" in her MMA fights. She is 35-years old, and she was born on July 1, 1982. She is 5'6" feet tall, which is 167.64 cm. Her weight is 135 lbs, which is 61.23 kg in the metric system. She is originally from the small town of Broomfield, Colorado. Her fighting category is listed as a bantamweight, and her team association is with the Zingano Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team.
Her fighting stats are the following: she has 12 recorded fights on the various MMA tracking websites, which list her as winning 9 fights and losing 3. She has an extremely high knockout ratio, having won 56% of all of her fights with a knockout, meaning she has deserved the nickname fans have given her. She has also never lost from a knockout, which is a rare occurrence in the aggressive MMA scene.
25. Angelica Chavez
Angelica Chavez is another US-based mixed martial artist. She was born on 1987-07-20, making her 30 years old. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America, and due to her stats, she is a part of the atomweight MMA category. She is only 5'1 (or 154 cm tall) and she weighs 105 pounds, which amounts to about 47 kilograms in the metric measuring system.
Angelica tries to keep a clean and optimal diet, due to her low height, which means she can't afford to eat a lot of calories during the day. She keeps all of the simple carbs out of her food list (meaning bread, sugar, and pasta) and tries to incorporate a lot of free weight and full body compound exercises, with a few isolation exercises for good measure.
24. Kaitlin Young
Kaitlin Young is a US-based mixed martial artist. She was born on 1985-09-15, which makes her 32 years old - about the average of the featured fighters. She was born in Circle Pines, Minnesota, United States of America. Her height and weight stats are the following: she stands 5'9" (or 175cm tall), which is above average for her bantamweight category, and she weighs 136 pounds (or 62kg).
Kaitlin tries to eat a clean diet, especially before weigh-ins so she strikes the proper weight category. "When I'm in camp, I cut out all processed foods.That means anything on the label or ingredients list that I can't pronounce, don't know what it is, or know it's bad, I won't eat. Xyience Energy drinks are the exception. I love them and they keep me awake for my very busy schedule. I am finding out that I can't really handle processed food outside of fight camps either now," says Kaitlin.
23. Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee is an American mixed martial artist. She was born in Atlanta, Texas, United States of America, and she was born on 1989-02-11, which makes her 28 years old. She is firmly in the flyweight MMA category, due to her weight of just 126 pounds, which amounts to about 57kg. Her height is 5'7" (or 170cm), which is about average for fighters of her size.
Due to her flyweight MMA category, Andrea cannot consume a lot of calories on a daily basis. She has to watch her carb intake in order to stay in her category weight limit. The best way to limit her weight is by limiting the consumption of simple, high glycemic carbs, such as sugar, wheat, and pasta. All other proteins and fat food sources are okay for Andrea's diet.
22. Melanie Lacroix
Melania Lacroix was born on November 11, 1982, which makes her 34 years old (making her one of the oldest women to be featured in this list). She is originally from Hawthorne, California, United States of America, and she has the following height and weight stats: she is 5'7" (that's about 170cm) tall, and she weighs 135 pounds, which amounts to 61kg in the metric measuring system.
Since Melanie is at a heavier weight category than the other girls, it can be concluded that she must be incorporating a lot of mass building exercises. To achieve this mass building, she has to consume a lot of protein, which most athletes try to target at around 1 gram per pound of body weight. The best type of protein for these types of activities is whey protein.
21. Alexandra Albu
In comparison to most of the other fighters in this story, Alexandra is not originally from the US - she is in fact from Moscow, the capital of Russia. She was born on 1990-07-14, which makes her 27 years old. She is also one of the shortest of the featured fighters, standing at a minuscule 5'2" (that's 157cm) and weighing at 115 pounds (or 52kg). Her MMA category is strawweight.
Alexandra says that the psychological aspect is the most important thing behind all dieting and workout preparations. She said in an interview, "There were two particular aspects. First is the preparation. We had done great work with the coach in order to acquire a necessary form for that battle. I dedicated almost three months solely to this. The second thing was psychological."
20. Erin Toughill
Erin is one of the older female fighters listed in today's article. She was born on June 13, 1977, which makes her 40 years old. She keeps in excellent shape though (by doing regular exercises at the gym), which means she still wins a lot of fights (much more often than she losses). Her stats place her as 5'10 (or 177cm) tall, which is above average. Her weight is 161 pounds, or 73 kg, which is also on the heavy side of things.
Given Erin's awesome statistics (she is one of the tallest and heaviest fighters in the list), she must be consuming a lot of animal-based proteins, such as whey protein, in order to get her weight to the level it's at. Since she is also not carrying a lot of fat, that means that she incorporates a lot of high-intensity interval training types of cardio into her workouts.
19. Sarah McLeod
Sarah McLeod is another US-based mixed martial artist. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America.According to publicly available information, she was born on December 21, 1987, meaning she is 29 years old. Sarah is 5'7" (or 170 cm) tall, and she weighs 115 pounds, which amounts to 52kg in the metric measuring system, placing her in the strawweight category.
Given her awesome physique, it is obvious that Sarah does a lot of strength training, which includes lifting heavy weights and doing a lot of full-body compound exercises. The best compound exercises you can do to get in shape are the bench press, squat, deadlift, rows and military press. A lot of MMA fighters like Sarah recommend that you progressively increase the loads on the weights you lift at the gym.
18. Rachel Wray
Rachel Wray is another US-based mixed martial artist. She is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America. Her date of birth is not available on the publicly available MMA statistic pages, but her weight and height information is available. Rachel is 5'5" (which translates to 165 cm) and she weighs 135 pounds, which amounts to about 62kg in the metric measuring system.
Rachel originally started with gymnastics, which formed the basis for her future workouts. She says, "Gymnastics is at the root of everything I do, and was the first sport I did competitively, I competed for six years until I found dance." After her success with gymnastics, she focused on improving her nutrition, since she wanted to keep any excess fat by doing a lot of cardio sessions every week.
17. Jenae Noonan
Jenae Noonan is a US-based mixed martial artist, although apart from her sexy pictures, not much more information is available about her (regarding her date of birth or city of origin). Only the most essential information is available about for her, which are her weight and height. She stands 5'7" (that's 170 cm) tall and weighs 116 pounds, which amounts to 52kg in the metric measuring system.
Jenae's workout seems to be similar to the other girls on the list. She has to keep a clean diet, which means she tries to keep processed, fried and fast food to a minimum. The same goes for simple carbs such as sugar, bread, and pasta, which have no place in an MMA fighter's diet. For workouts, she prefers full body and free weight exercises.
16. Cheyanne Vlismas
Cheyanne Vlismas is one of the younger fighters to be featured on today's list. She is just 22-years old (born in 1995-06-25), in the city of Clearwater, Florida, United States of America. She is a part of the MMA strawweight category, due to her 115-pound weight (that's 52kg for our international readers). Her height sits at 5'4", which translates to 162cm in the metric measuring system, which is about the average female height in the US.
Since Cheyanne has to keep a low weight and high amount of mass for her MMA fights, she is obviously going to favor a similar type of diet and exercise regimen like the other girls. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is her obvious weapon of choice, combined with eating a lot of plant-based and animal-based sources of fat and protein.
15. Laura Marcusse (Sanko)
Laura Sanko is also 34-years old (just like the previously featured MMA fighter) and was born on 1982-12-07. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America. Her height is 5'5" (that is 165cm for our international readers), and she weighs 106 pounds, or 48 kg in the metric system, which is slightly less than the average of the fighters listed in this article.
Given her weight and low amount of body fat, Laura is obviously eating a clean diet, where she tries to eat an optimal amount of protein, carbs and fat, while also trying not to eat a lot of the fattening, simple carbs (such as sugar, bread, pasta and other similar food). For workouts, she seems to favor both free weight workouts and full body compound exercises.
14. Kristi Lopez
Kristi Lopez is a 34-year (born on 1983-02-04) old mixed martial artist based in the US. She is originally from Los Angeles, California, and has a pretty decent fighting record of 2-0-1 (that's for wins, draws, and losses). She is 5'5" (that is about 165 cm) and weighs 125 pounds, which amounts to 56.7 in kilograms. That places her firmly in the flyweight category of fighters.
Kristi tries to workout at least 3 to 5 times per week, depending on her schedule. She tries to balance cardio-based workouts with strength-based training, so that she adds muscle and strength, while also keeping off any unwanted fat gains. For diet, she tries to eat in a balanced way, which includes eating a lot of fruit, vegetables, and protein. For this diet, you can use both plant and animal-based sources of protein.
13. Amber Stautzenberger
Amber Stautzenberger is a 30-year (born on September 2, 1987) old MMA fighter from the small town of Farmers Branch, Texas, United States of America. She is 5'6" tall (that is 167cm), and she weighs 116 pounds, which amounts to around 52 kilograms in the metric measuring system. Her weight puts her in the strawweight MMA-fighting category. She has a great fighting record of 6-4-0 (win-draw-lose).
Amber tries to keep herself in top fighting form with a variety of diet and workout tricks and optimization. For dieting, she tries to eat a clean diet without any processed food, and she also seems to be keeping fried foods to a minimum. Consuming fried food, and especially food fried with vegetable oils is one the worst things you can do to your body's health.
12. Rachael Cummins
Rachael Cummins is a "bantamweight" MMA fighter, from the United States of America. She is 5'9" (or 175cm), which places her as one of the taller female MMA fighters. She weighs 135 lbs (or 61 kg in the metric system), which, considering her training and amount of muscle mass, means that she has an extremely low body fat percentage. Her MMA fighting record is 3-2-0 (win-loss-draw).
For training, Racheal prefers to keep it to the gym, where she tries to gain as much muscle mass as possible. For adding mass, compound exercises (such as the bench press, military press, squat, and deadlift), need to be combined with a high amount of carb and protein intake. Most fighters need at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body mass in order to gain muscle.
11. Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey is arguably one of the most famous female fighters on today's list - but she is also one of the sexiest fighters as well. Ronda is 30-years old and comes from California, United States of America. She works as a professional mixed martial artist and has also worked as an actor in a few movies. Her movie and TV credits include the Entourage, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, and The Expendables 3.
Ronda has to follow a rigorous diet in order to remain in her prime fighting shape. She doesn't care for the food's taste, as long as it makes her stomach feel full. When she drinks a Starbucks coffee, she only takes a few sips out of the cup before throwing it out, so that she doesn't consume too many carbs. For training, she tries to do a lot of free weight and full-body compound exercises.
10. Jordan Nicole Gaza
Jordan Nicole Gaza is a 24-year old mixed martial artist, born in the United States. She is currently fighting out of Corpus Christi, Texas, and carries a 1-win streak. She is 5'2" (or 157cm) tall and weighs 115 pounds, which is 52kg. That places her in the flyweight category, although a few more pounds and she could end up in the lower atomclass weight category.
While Jordan loves to train and exercise, she also has to watch out for her pounds due to the rigorous weight-ins before the fights. She recommends a 20-minute sauna session if you are looking for a fast way to drop a few pounds, although a long-term caloric deficit is the only way to go if you are looking for a complete and more stable type of weight loss.
9. Kyra Gracie
Kyra Gracie is 30-years old, and in comparison to the other female fighters in today's list, she's not from the US - she is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second most populous city. She was born on 1985-05-29, which makes her 32 years old. Her height and weight statistics are the following: she is 5'7" (that's 170cm) tall, and she weighs 130 pounds, which amounts to about 58kg.
Kyra uses a diet that shares the same name as her last name - the "Gracie diet," which she follows in order to have the form of her life. According to the label, "The "Gracie Diet" is a method of eating developed during 65 years of research and first-hand use by Grand Master Carlos Gracie." The diet has a lot of common-sense advice, such as avoiding processed food and trying not to eat as many fried foods.
8. Lena Ovchynnikova
Lena Ovchynnikova (full name Oléna "Lena" Serhíyivna Ovchýnnikova), is a Ukrainian kickboxer and mixed martial artist, born on April 22, 1987, meaning she is 30-years old. She participates in the featherweight category in kickboxing (although her exact weight is not known), and in the flyweight category in MMA (featherweight and flyweight are the same categories, they just carry a different naming convention depending on the competition).
Lena is big on weight lifting and mass gains, which is why she favors full-body compound exercises, such as the all-time favorites: bench press, deadlifts, squats and military press. These are all exercises that you have to do if you want to gain mass and increase your upper and lower body strength - which was essential for Lena in order to be able to compete in the MMA championships.
7. Felice Herrig
Felice Herrig is 31-years old and is from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States of America. She is currently fighting on "The Ultimate Fighter" show, which is a reality television series and an MMA competition at the same time. Apart from MMA, Felice is also skilled in Muay Thai, which is what she practiced (together with kickboxing) before starting her MMA career. Her weight and heigh info is not known.
For dieting, Felice has had a lot of problems in the past, which is why she recommends that you don't go too low on the calories, as that might push your mind and body towards depression. She recommends that you watch out on the macro-nutrient content of the food you consume so that you have a proper carb to fat and protein ratio in all of your meals.
6. Jordan McDonald
Jordan McDonald is a 36-years old mixed martial artist, born in the town of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, United States. She is currently fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and she is classified as an "atomweight," which is an even lighter class than the "flyweight" fighters. That puts her current weight at 110 pounds (or about 49.9 kilograms), which is a very low amount considering her 5'4" height.
Jordan has always been hyperactive, which is something she brings to her training - she always tries to exert the maximum amount of effort during her cardio and weight lifting sessions. Apart from weight lifting and cardio, Jordan is also an avid gymnastics fan, which has aided her in building a lot of upper and lower body agility, which has definitely helped during her fights.
5. Anastasia Yankova
Anastasia Yankova is a Russian mixed martial artist, who is currently participating in the flyweight division in Bellator MMA. She was originally born in Moscow, Russia, on March 1, 1991), and she started training for her future career in MMA, by learning karate from the age of 6 to 14. She took a few years off afterward to focus on school, after which she got into Muay Thai, which helped her compete in kickboxing tournaments.
Yankova is a firm believer in giving everything you've got in every training session. She told reporters during a press conference that "I'm in the middle of training camp and all I feel is soreness in my muscles and pains after sparring." Other than that, she tries to keep a clean diet, sticks to eating her vegetables and fruit, and supplements her high-intensity cardio workouts with weight lifting sessions.
4. Michelle Waterson
Michelle Waterson is 31-years old, and she is originally from the small town of Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America. Aside from her career as a martial artist, Michelle is an actor, whose career has spanned a lot of different movie genres, including a few Hollywood blockbusters. The most popular movie she has participated it is Thor, while some of her other movies are The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and MacGruber.
For her diet, Michelle says that she tried to always stay well hydrated and eat clean, unprocessed food. "I stay very hydrated and eat very clean. I try to stay away from processed, fried foods. Towards the end of my camp I stick to leaner meats and lots of green veggies," says Michelle. She also says that you should take your workout progress day by day, meaning try not to overwork yourself by trying to lift too much at the beginning.
3. Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate is 30-years old and is a professional mixed martial artist. Unlike the previous two girls in today's list, her career is specifically tied to MMA fights and championships, and she hasn't participated in other modeling and acting activities. Her birthplace is Tacoma, Washington, United States of America, and she is known for her participation in the Fighters Only Mixed Martial Arts Awards IV, The Ultimate Fighter, Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.
For training, first of all, Miesha recommends that you learn a martial art. "You won't just get sculpted; you'll pick up valuable self-defense skills as well," says Tate. For energy during her workouts, Tate takes a spoonful of coconut oil before her morning workout, which helps her have all the energy and stamina needed for her training session. Her favorite exercise is the push-kick, which is a workout that simulates striking an opponent in one fluid motion.
2. Gina Carano
Gina Carano is 34 years old (meaning she is 10 years older than the previously featured MMA fighter - Paige VanZant), but that didn't stop Gina from having not only a successful mixed martial arts career, but she has also worked as a model and as an actor. She has appeared in movies such as Haywire, Fast & Furious 6, Deadpool, and Ring Girls. She originally started her career in Texas, USA.
Gina has always embraced the more strenuous workouts, such as high-intensity cardio, weight lifting, and martial arts training. She recently switched her routine to a lighter and more holistic workout, part of which is yoga. She loves Bikram yoga most of all since she feels refreshed after every training session. For dieting, she recommends Vitamin D supplements if you are not getting enough sun (which is commonplace for a lot of people during the winter months).
1. Paige VanZant
Paige VanZant (full name Paige Michelle VanZant), is a US-based mixed martial artist, and a formal model. She is classified as a flyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the "flyweight" class is defined as a female under 125 pounds of 57 kg). Aside from her success as an MMA fighter, she has also appeared in the television series "Dancing with the Stars and Chopped."
Her first piece of advice is to seek out beautiful scenery (i.e., go outdoors) if you find working out at the gym to be a boring, tedious task. Mixing things up can help you from falling off the bandwagon, according to Paige. "To stay fit and lose weight you have to make sure you eat enough food, says VanZant. If you don't get enough calories, that can easily place your body into starvation mode, which is going to have the opposite effect.