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Ranking the Top 10 Female UFC Fighters of All Time

Originally joining the UFC ranks just over a decade ago, women fighters now have four different weight classes with the promotion. Johnny Covers ranks the top ten female UFC fighters of all time. Read on to see who made his list.
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Ranking the Top 10 Female UFC Fighters of All Time

Originally joining the UFC ranks just over a decade ago, women fighters now have four different weight classes with the promotion. With all four getting better and better every year, let’s take a look at the top 10 female UFC fighters ever to put on the gloves. 

Ranking the Top 10 Female UFC Fighters of All Time

10. Jennifer Maia

An Invicta champion before coming over to the UFC, Maia also had a career as a boxer before joining the promotion. Despite never claiming the flyweight belt (yet, at least), Maia challenged it in 2020 and will almost certainly still have a shot. 

9. Holly Holm

A former bantamweight champion in the UFC, Holly Holm took the belt from Ronda Rousey in November 2015, losing it in the next fight with Meisha Tate. She’s struggled to string together wins in the time since, but in her prime, she was amongst the best the women have seen in the UFC. 

8. Jéssica Andrade

Also, a former champion that never successfully defended her belt, Andrade was the strawweight champ previously (2019), losing it to Zhang Weili in August of the same year. Still very much active, don’t be surprised if Andrade gets another shot at the belt. 

7. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

The second champion the strawweight division ever had, Joanna defended the belt successfully five times (T5 all-time men or women), to this day a record in the division. She also competed for the belt two other times, losing both (Weili and Rose Namajunas). 

6. Rose Namajunas

Fighting for the very first strawweight belt in December 2014 (loss to Carla Esparza), Namajunas eventually got it in 2017, defending it once before losing it to Andrade. She’d get it back in 2021, defending it successfully again, this time losing it back to Carla Esparza. 

5. Weili Zhang

The current strawweight champion, Weili, has had the belt twice, taking it from Andrade in 2019 and then Esparza in 2022. In what’s now considered the best the division has been, she’s got a firm hold of it. 

4. Valentina Shevchenko

With eight wins in title bouts, both as champion and becoming one, Shevchenko is seventh all-time across the promotion. Holding her flyweight belt for 1,547 days trails only Amanda Nuens in terms of women’s reigns with the promotion. 

3. Ronda Rousey

The clear most-popular name on this list, Rousey was also the real deal inside the octagon. The very first women’s champion (bantamweight), Rousey changed the game with six straight successful title defenses. 

2. Cris Cyborg

Though she only briefly fought in the UFC, winning the featherweight championship in 2017 and defending it twice before leaving, Cyborg was an absolute killer in her prime. Currently, over at Bellator, her record of 26-2-0 is hard to argue with in any promotion in any era. 

1. Amanda Nunes

The current featherweight and bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, is undoubtedly the best woman to wear the UFC gloves. Currently, in her second reign as the bantamweight champ, Nunes holds the women's records for most wins in title bouts (10), the longest reigning champion (1,981 days), and the longest combined reigns across multiple (3,912).

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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