Women's MMA has exploded since 2013, showing the grit and ferocity women are capable of. Among the women who have made names for themselves, two reign supreme, even being known as the best women MMA fighters in history. Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes and Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey show that the fairer sex doesn't have to be weaker than men, delivering explosive punches and dominating the ring.
Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes Rocks the Ring
Amanda Nunes is the picture of MMA: powerful, precise, focused, and aggressive. Despite appearing to be an average fighter after a rough KO by Cat Zingano at UFC 178, she caught the world by surprise when she dominated her next three fights. Nunes collected several awards, including the UFC gold at UFC 200 and 232, successfully defending her crown and becoming the Featherweight champion. As the first female UFC fighter to win and hold two simultaneous titles, she's even managed to defeat some notable former champions including Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, and Cris Cyborg.
Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey Paved the Way for Women in the Ring
It's hard to argue that Ronda Rousey isn't the best woman MMA fighter in history with her claim to fame as the first female UFC fighter and champion, and several awards recognizing her prowess in the ring under her belt. She began her career in Judo, winning the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and those skills transitioned beautifully into MMA. With absolute dominance and as a pioneer of women in the ring, she collected several Bantamweight titles, holds the record for the most consecutive armbar finishes in UFC history, and in 2014, was the first mixed martial artist to win the Best Female Athlete ESPY award.