Women fighters have a tendency to fly under the radar when it comes to MMA. The progression level of women’s fighting is steadily improving with companies like Invitca FC and Strikeforce, allowing women to headline their cards. This can only mean one thing. That it is here to stay and it can only get bigger and better.
As women’s MMA is still young and spread out across multiple promotions, fans might not be too familiar with all the players. To further give more exposure to women’s MMA and point out any possibly potential match ups in the future, below we have ranked the top 5 female MMA fighters.
5. Miesha Tate - After coming off a three round battle with Julie Kedzie, Miesha Tate still has a good shot at a rematch with Ronda Rousey. With her improved striking and ground game, Tate is a very impressive fighter but just ran into the freight train that is named Ronda Rousey (See Picture).
4. Megumi Fujii - Despite losing to Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 69, Fujii is still 25-2. Her specialization in submission fighting that allows her to get quick takedowns and submissions is still a force to be reckoned with in the 115lb division that will still bring excitement to the division when Zoila Gurgel returns.
3. Marloes Coenen - Coenen is a long-time veteran and pioneer in Women’s MMA. She captured the Strikeforce Women’s 135-pound title with an armbar submission of Sarah Kaufman and defended it once before losing to Miesha Tate. She then made her way to Invitca FC where she defeated Romy Ruyssen by unanimous decision. Coenen is definitely a candidate who can fight Rousey in the future if both Invicta and Showtime continue to work together.
2. Jessica Aguilar - After beating Megumi Fujii in May, Bellator’s Jessica Aguilar is now on a five-fight winning streak since her split decision loss to Gurgel in 2010. She is one of the top 115 lbs female fighters that should get a rematch fight with Zoila Gurgel for the title, when the champion gets back from injury after tearing her ACL.
1. Ronda Rousey - Arm bar after arm bar after arm bar, Ronda Rousey has specialized one aspect of the MMA game and is continuing to work on her striking which will only make her more dangerous and well-rounded, which leaves the question, who can defeat her?