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The Best Female MMA Fighters Of All Time

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Vote up the best female fighters to ever step into the octagon.

Who are the best female UFC fighters of all time? To be the best female MMA fighter, these mixed martial artists must know a myriad of disciplines like kickboxing, wrestling, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and even karate. The toughest women's UFC fighters can fight standing up or grapple on the mat, until they find themselves with the opportunity for a ground-and-pound in the Octagon. Who's the best female UFC fighter of all time? Which of the best UFC women fighters ever do you love?

When it comes to the pound-for-pound best women UFC fighters in history, Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes have to be near the top of the list of the best female UFC fighters of all time. The best woman UFC fighters like Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg have their claim to the best female fighter in UFC history as well. 

Vote up the all time best women's UFC fighters pound-for-pound. Or re-rank this list the way you think it should look!

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  • Valentina Anatolievna Shevchenko (born March 7, 1988) is a Kyrgyzstani professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai fighter. Shevchenko competes in the women's flyweight division of the ...more
  • Amanda Lourenço Nunes (born May 30, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in which she is the reigning champion of the Women's ...more
  • Gina Carano
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    Gina Joy Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American actress, television personality, fitness model and a former mixed martial artist. Carano began training in Muay Thai before transitioning to ...more
  • Holly Holm
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    Holly Rene Holm (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and a former ...more
  • Joanna Jędrzejczyk (born August 18, 1987) is a Polish mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the women's flyweight and women's strawweight division of the Ultimate ...more
  • Cristiane Justino Venâncio (born July 9, 1985), known professionally by her ring name Cris Cyborg (and formerly by her married name Cristiane Santos), is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist. ...more
  • Miesha Tate
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    Miesha Theresa Tate ( MEE-shə; born August 18, 1986) is an American mixed martial arts pundit and former mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is a former ...more
  • Ronda Rousey
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    Ronda Jean Rousey (; born February 1, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, actress, author, and former mixed martial artist and judoka. She is currently signed to WWE, and performs on the Raw ...more
  • Michelle Waterson (born January 6, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. Between ...more
  • Paige Michelle VanZant (née Sletten; born March 26, 1994), is an American mixed martial artist, boxer, author, and model. VanZant was signed to the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting ...more
  • Julianna Nicole Peña (born August 19, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where she is the current ...more
  • Cat Zingano
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    Cathilee Deborah "Cat" Zingano (née Albert; born July 1, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist, currently signed to Bellator MMA, competing in the Women's Featherweight division. Zingano also ...more
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (born 15 October 1985) is a Polish mixed martial artist. She currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former KSW Women's Flyweight Champion.
  • Felice Nicole Herrig (born September 18, 1984) is an American kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter, and mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the strawweight ...more
  • Jessica Penne is an Italian American mixed martial artist. She was the first Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. She also competed in the first women's bout in Bellator Fighting Championships. She ...more
  • Julia Budd
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    Julia Olivia Budd (born July 4, 1983) is a Canadian kickboxer and mixed martial artist competing in the Women's Lightweight division of Professional Fighters League (PFL). She has fought in MMA ...more
  • Tecia Torres
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    Tecia Lyn Torres Moncaio (born August 16, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of December ...more
  • Oléna "Lena" Serhíyivna Ovchýnnikova (born April 22, 1987) is a Ukrainian kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division in kickboxing and the flyweight division in ...more
  • Marianna Kheyfets is a female MMA fighter who trains at American Top Team, in Florida. She is a Muay Thai fighter with an amateur kickboxing record.
  • Joanne Wood (née Calderwood; born 23 December 1986) is a Scottish professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai champion who competes in the Women's Flyweight division of the Ultimate ...more
  • Carla Kristen Esparza (born October 10, 1987) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Largely known for ...more
  • Jordan Gaza
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  • Rose Gertrude Namajunas (born June 29, 1992) is a American professional mixed martial artist. She is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where she competes in the women's strawweight ...more
  • Jessica Eye
    24
    Jessica Eye is an American professional mixed martial artist. She currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the bantamweight division. Eye is currently the #8-ranked pound-for-pound ...more
  • Sara McMann
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    Sara McMann (born September 24, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist, who is currently fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the bantamweight division. McMann is former ...more