Top 20 best UFC women fighters in the world 2022 | What are their records?

Top 20 best UFC women fighters in the world 2022 | What are their records?

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a violent game that may not have been created for feminine energy. However, many ladies in different fighting championships are rewriting the narrative. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has produced some of the best female MMA fighters globally. Keep reading to discover which UFC women fighters are considered invincible.

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Best Ultimate Fight Champions: women fighters
Juliana Peña (right) and Amanda Nunes (left) during a past women's Bantamweight Championship fight. Photo: @Chris Unger
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Bantamweight used to be the only division in women's UFC. After the Championship’s success following its debut in 2012, other female divisions were created, including strawweight, flyweight, and featherweight. The famous Rousey and Carmouche were the first women to participate in the female UFC fights.

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When Dana White introduced the women's division in the UFC in 2012, he may not have expected it to grow to the level it is today. The championship has seen a surge in the number of tough and talented ladies who are fascinating to watch.

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Below are the top 20 female UFC fighters. They are ranked according to MMA records and championships won. The statistics are sourced from the UFC STATS website.

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20. Raquel Pennington (Rocky)

Female MMA fighters
Raquel Pennington competes in the UFC Women's Featherweight division. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 33 years in 2022
  • Team: Triple Threat Gym
  • Years active: 2009 to present
  • MMA record: 14 wins and 9 losses (As of May 2022)

Raquel Pennington is an MMA athlete competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s featherweight division. Before joining UFC, she competed in the Invicta Fighting Championships.

19. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Polish Princess)

Women in UFC and MMA
Karolina competes in the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Photo: @Icon Sportswire
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  • Age: 36 years in 2022
  • Team: Shark Top Team Lódz
  • Years active: 2012 to present
  • MMA record: 12 wins and 7 losses (As of May 2022)

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz is a Polish Mixed Martial Artist competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She previously competed in the KSW Women’s Flyweight Championship, where she was a champion.

18. Tatiana Suarez

Fighters who are women in the UFC
Tatian previously played professional wrestling and currently competes in the UFC Women's Strawweight division. Photo: @Todd Lussier
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  • Age: 31 years in 2022
  • Team: Millennia MMA Gym
  • Years active: 2014 to present
  • Rank: Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 9 wins and 0 losses (As of May 2022)

Tatiana Yadira Suarez Padilla is an American mixed martial artist competing in the UFC Women’s Strawweight division. She participated in The Ultimate Fighter reality show season 23 and won the strawweight tournament. Before transitioning to UFC’s MMA, Tatiana was a professional wrestler.

17. Katlyn Chookagian (Blonde Fighter)

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Katlyn Chookan competes in the UFC Women's flyweight and bantamweight divisions. Photo: @Todd Lussier
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  • Age: 33 years in 2022
  • Team: Renzo Gracie Combat Team
  • Years active: 2012 to present
  • Rank: Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 17 wins and 4 losses (As of May 2022)

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Katlyn Chookagian is an American mixed martial artist competing in the UFC Women’s Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions. As of May 2022, she is number 1 in the UFC Women’s flyweight rankings.

16. Tecia Torres (The Tiny Tornado)

Women in the UFC
Tecia Torres competes in UFC Women's Strawweight division. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 32 years in 2022
  • Team: American Top Team
  • Years active: 2011 to present
  • Rank: Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Black belt in Karate and Jhoon-Rhee Taekwondo
  • MMA record: 13 wins and 6 losses (As of May 2022)

Tecia Lyn Torres Moncaio is an American mixed martial artist. She currently competes in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Tecia previously competed in The Ultimate Fighter and the Invicta Fighting Championship.

15. Jennifer Maia

UFC Women’s Flyweight
Jennifer Maia competes in the UFC's Flyweight division. Photo: @Josh Hedges
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  • Age: 33 years in 2022
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Team: Chute Boxe Academy
  • Years active: 2009 to present
  • Rank: Black belt in Muay Thai and Brazilia Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 19 wins, 9 losses, and 1 draw (As of May 2022)

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Jennifer Apreciada Goncalves de Maria from Brazil is a mixed martial artist competing in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division. She is a previous Invicta FC Flyweight World Champion.

14. Michelle Waterson (The Karate Hottie)

Michelle Waterson of the United States
Michelle Waterson is a former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 36 years in 2022
  • Team: Jackson Wink MMA Academy
  • Rank: Black belt in American Freestyle Karate, brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 18 wins and 9 losses (As of May 2022)

Michelle Eileen Waterson is a mixed martial artist competing in the UFC’s Strawweight division. She previously held the Invicta FC Atomweight Champion title and was the world’s number one Women’s Atomweight fighter between 2013 and 2014.

13. Julianna Peña (The Venezuelan Vixen)

Julianna Peña of the United States
Julianna Peña is the first woman ever to win The Ultimate Fighter. Photo: @Jeff Bottari
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  • Age: 32 years in 2022
  • Team: SikJitsu and Valle Flow Striking
  • Years active: 2009 to present
  • Rank: Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Julianna Peña's MMA record: 12 wins and 4 losses (As of May 2022)

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Julianna Nicole Peña of the United States competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighters Championship. She is the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and was the first woman ever to win The Ultimate Fighter.

12. Miesha Tate (Cupcake)

Miesha Tate of the United States
Miesha Tate is a former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 35 years in 2022
  • Team: Xtreme Couture
  • Years active: 2007 to 2016, 2021 to present
  • Rank: Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 19 wins and 8 losses (As of May 2022)

Miesha Theresa Tate is an American mixed martial artist and a former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She is also a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the 9th best woman in the bantamweight division as of May 2022.

11. Aspen Ladd

Aspen Ladd of the UFC
Aspen made her professional MMA debut in 2015. Photo: @mma21plus
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  • Age: 27 years in 2022
  • Team: MMAGOLD (2012 to present)
  • Years active: 2015 to present
  • Rank: Purple best in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 9 wins and 3 losses (As of May 2022)

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Aspen Kohl Ladd competes in the Bantamweight division of the UFC. She became a pro fighter in 2015. As of May 2022, she is 7th in the UFC women’s Bantamweight rankings and is 15th in the UFC women’s pound for pound rankings.

10. Marina Rodriguez

Marina Rodriguez's record
Marina Rodriguez is a Brazilian competing in the UFC women's strawweight division. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 35 years in 2022
  • Team: Thai Brasil
  • Years active: 2015 to present
  • Rank: Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, dark blue with black tip belt in Muay Thai
  • MMA record: 16 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws (As of May 2022)

Marina Alcalde Rodriguez is a Brazilian mixed martial artist competing in the UFC Women’s Strawweight division. She made her UFC debut in September 2018 against Randa Markos in a match that ended in a draw.

9. Carla Esparza (Cookie Monster)

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Carla Esparza is a two-time UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 34 years in 2022
  • Team: Team Oyama
  • Years active: 2010 to present
  • Rank: Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 19 wins and 6 losses (As of May 2022)

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Carla Kristen Esparza, also called Cookie Monster, competes in the UFC’s Strawweight division. She is a two-time UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and is one of the best all-time strawweight fighters in the world.

8. Holly Holm (The Preacher's Daughter)

The Preacher's Daughter
Holly Holm was a professional boxer and kickboxer before transitioning to mixed martial arts. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 40 years in 2022
  • Nationality: American
  • Team: Jackson Wink MMA Academy
  • Years active: 2011 to present
  • Rank: Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 33 wins, 2 losses, and 3 draws (As of May 2022)

Holly Rene Holm also called The Preacher's Daughter, is a former professional and multi-champion boxer and kickboxer. She made her MMA professional debut in 2015 and is currently one of the top women in Bantamweight and pound for pound rankings.

7. Germaine De Randamie (The Iron Lady)

Germaine De Randamie's record
The Iron Lady is an undefeated kickboxing champion and UFC Women's Featherweight Champion. Photo: @Chris Unger
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  • Age: 38 years in 2022
  • Team: CSA Holland
  • Years active: 2008 to present
  • MMA record: 10 wins, 4 losses (As of May 2022)

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Germaine Martha de Randamie, also called The Iron Lady, is a police officer in the Netherlands. She is an undefeated kickboxing champion and was the first UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion.

6. Rose Namajunas (Thug Rose)

Rose Namajunas record
Rose Namajunas is a two-time UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. Photo: @Chris Unger
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  • Age: 29 years in 2022
  • Team: 303 Training Center
  • Years active: 2010 to present
  • Rank: Black belt in Taekwondo and Karate, Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA record: 12 wins and 5 losses (As of May 2022)

Rose Gertrude Namajuna is an American athlete signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is a two-time UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and one of the top women on UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

5. Jessica Andrade (Bate Estaca)

Jessica Andrade's profile and record
Jessica Andrade competes in UFC's Strawweight division. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 30 years in 2022
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Years active: 2011 to present
  • Rank: Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
  • MMA record: 23 wins and 9 losses (As of May 2022)

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Jéssica Fernanda da Costa Andrade, also called Bate Estaca, has played in different UFC divisions. She previously competed in the Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions and is currently in the Strawweight division.

4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Jedrizejczyk's record
Joanna is a five-time UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. Photo: @Jeff Bottari
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  • Age: 34 years in 2022
  • Team: American Top Team
  • Years active: 2012 to present
  • Style: Muay Thai, Kickboxing
  • Rank: Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • MMA record: 16 wins and 4 losses (As of May 2022)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is a Polish professional mixed martial artist and retired Muay Thai kickboxer. She previously held the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship title five consecutive times.

3. Zhang Weili (Magnum)

Zhang Weili's fight
Zhang Weili is the first Chinese champion in UFC history. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 32 years in 2022
  • Team: Fight Ready
  • Years active: 2013 to present
  • Rank: Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Zhang Weili's MMA record: 21 wins and 3 losses (As of May 2022)

Zhang Weili is the first Chinese and East Asian champion in UFC history. She is a former UFC Women’s Strawweight World Champion and ranks highly on the women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

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2. Valentina Shevchenko (Bullet)

Valentina Shevchenko's record
Valentina is the current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. Photo: @Mike Roach
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  • Age: 34 years in 2022
  • Team: Tiger Muay Thai
  • Years active: 2003 to present
  • Valentina Shevchenko's record: 22 wins and 3 losses (As of May 2022)

Valentina Anatolievna Shevchenko is the current UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. Before becoming a professional mixed martial artist, Bullet was a pro-Muay Thai fighter.

1. Amanda Nunes (Lioness)

Amanda Nunes of Brazil
Amanda Nunes is considered one of the greatest female MMA fighters of all time. Photo: @Jeff Bottari
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  • Age: 33 years in 2022
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Team: American Top Team
  • Years active: 2008 to present
  • Rank: Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Amanda Nunes MMA record: 21 wins and 5 losses (As of May 2022)

Amanda ‘Lioness’ Nunes is the current Featherweight Champion and former Bantamweight champion. She is the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion and the only fighter to defend two UFC titles while holding both.

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Paige Vanzant's record
Paige Vanzant is considered the hottest UFC female fighter. Photo: @paigevanzant
Source: Instagram

Ultimate Fighting Championship fans rank Flyweight fighter Paige Vanzant as the most beautiful MMA female fighter in the UFC. She is a former model and dancer. Paige Vanzant's photos on her Instagram earn around 40k to 100k interactions from her fans as of May 2022.

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Amanda Nunes, also called the Lioness, is considered the best female UFC fighter. She has won 21 fights and lost 5. She is also the first female to become a two-division UFC champion.

From the list, it is clear that the UFC has some of the best female MMA fighters. The championship is mainly dominated by women MMA fighters from the United States, but other talented stars from Europe, Brazil, and China are cementing their legacy.

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