MMA and UFC have come a long way since their inhospitable beginnings during the early 90s. Back in the days fighting used to be always associated with two rugged men throwing punches at each other. However, the past few decades have witnessed women rising up to achieve an equal status in all sports across the world, and not just combat kinds.
During the 90s when women’s boxing started grabbing limelight in the United States and other parts of the world, female MMA fights also started happening in a different country which was willing to push the conventional boundaries – Japan. It wasn’t until March 28, 1997 that the first MMA fight happened in the US. But thereafter, it took them 12 more years to hold another female MMA event.
The present decade has a lot been about UFC, with a great multitude of punters throughout the world availing UFC odds and backing their favourite male/female fighters of different nationalities. Let’s look at some of the strongest female MMA fighters who have helped bring the female version of the sport into limelight.
An MMA fighter of Polish descent, Joanna Jedrzejczyk normally competes in the straw weight category of UFC. Joanna has been the Women’s Straw Weight Champion as well as the third European champion in the history of UFC, after Bas Rutten accomplished that feat back in 1999, and then Andrei Arlovski did it again in 2005.
She has been the unanimous number 1 female straw weight fighter in UFC for long time and also made a name for herself being the four-time European champion and six-time world champion in Muay Thai.
Amanda Nunes got the better of Ronda Rousey even more comprehensively than Holly Holm. This strong and sexy female MMA fighter grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Salvador, Brazil, known as Bahia. She started training in karate at a young age of 4, and began her boxing training when she turned 16. Having competed in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at a young age, after her own sister invited her to a dojo, there has been no looking back for this amazing fighter.
Considered one of the most widely recognised and popular female MMA fighter in the world, Ronda Jean Rousey is of American descent. Apart from being an expert judoka and mixed martial artist, Ronda is also a popular actress. She was the first American woman to win an Olympic bronze medal in judo for her country, which she did in the Summer Olympics held in 2008, in Beijing.
She is the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion as well as the last Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion. Being one of the most regularly searched people on Google, there is no other female MMA fighter that has gained as much popularity as Ronda Rousey. In fact, she is also widely credited for bringing women’s participation in this sport, into limelight.