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Top 10 Greatest Female Fighters of All Time

10. Miesha "Cupcake" Tate

Miesha Tate at the UFC 200 press conference before her main event bout against Amanda Nunes.

Miesha Tate at the UFC 200 press conference before her main event bout against Amanda Nunes.

At number 10 to begin the list is former UFC bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate. Tate became bantamweight champion by defeating Holly Holm by submission late in the 5th round despite evidently being behind on the scorecards. However, her bantamweight success was short-lived as she lost the belt in her first defence as a champion to Amanda Nunes. Tate holds notable wins against Holly Holm, Carmouche and Jessica Eye.

9. "The Preachers Daughter" Holly Holm

Holly Holm at her UFC 246 weigh-in.

Holly Holm at her UFC 246 weigh-in.

At number 9 is one of the greatest boxers and kickboxers in the history of women's sport. Holly is one of very few athletes to win major titles in boxing, kickboxing, and MMA. Holly won UFC gold at UFC 193 after defeating Ronda Rousey by head kick KO in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. However, Holly's bantamweight triumph was short-lived as she lost the belt in her next fight against Miesha Tate by submission late in the fifth round.

8. Jessica Andrade

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In 8th place is the former UFC straw-weight champion, Jessica Andrade. She won the belt of Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 by slam KO and lost the belt shortly after losing to Zhang Weili in the first round by KO. She holds notable wins against Namajunas, Kowalkiewicz, Gadelha, and Chookagian. She recently defeated Chookagian putting herself in line for the next UFC women's flyweight title shot against Valentina Shevchenko.

7. Zhang "Magnum" Weili

At number 7 is current UFC straw-weight champion Zhang Weili. She has lost just one fight in her career and is 4-0 in the UFC. She defeated Jessica Andrade by KO in the first round to win the belt and then defended her title in a highly controversial split decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk which, many believed the Pole won.

6. "Thug" Rose Namjunas

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In 6th place is former UFC straw-weight champion Rose Namajunas. Rose won the belt after a shock KO win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk is one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. She then rematched Joanna and once again won however, this time it was a much closer decision win. She lost her title to Andrade however, has since won a rematch against the Brazilian fighter.

5. Crystiane Justino "Cris Cyborg"

Cyborg with her Bellator belt.

Cyborg with her Bellator belt.

At number 5 is current Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. She first won UFC gold at UFC 214 when she defeated Tonya Evinger for the UFC featherweight belt. She defended the belt twice more defeating Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya before losing the belt to Amanda Nunes by first-round KO. Cyborg has since found success in Bellator after winning their featherweight championship and has just two losses on her record.

4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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At number 4 is probably the UFC straw-weight GOAT. She won the belt of Carla Esparza by second-round KO and defended the belt a record 5 times. She lost the belt in a shock defeat to Rose Namajunas and hasn't been able to regain her title. She came close after losing a close split decision to Zhang Weili in a fight where many people scored Joanna as the winner. She also challenged for the flyweight title and lost a clear unanimous decision on all judges score cards.

3. "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey

Rousey before her UFC 184 bout against Cat Zingano.

Rousey before her UFC 184 bout against Cat Zingano.

Rousey was one of the pioneers of women's MMA. She brought women into the UFC after all. She came into the UFC as champion after strikeforce was absorbed into the UFC. She defended the belt 6 times before losing it in a shock defeat to Holly Holm. Her return happened at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes however, Ronda was unsuccessful as she lost by 1st round KO to the lioness. She has since retired.

2. Valentina "Bullet" Shevchenko

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The bullet comes just short of first place. She has dominated everyone in the UFC flyweight division. She has defended the belt 3 times and holds notable wins against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Holly Holm, Carmouche, and Chookagian. She challenged for the bantamweight championship before the introduction of the flyweight division to the UFC and lost to Amanda Nunes in a fight many believed Valentina won.

1. "The Lioness" Amanda Nunes

Nunes at her UFC 245 win over Germaine De Randamie.

Nunes at her UFC 245 win over Germaine De Randamie.

At number one is the greatest female MMA fighter ever. Nunes has destroyed all bantamweight and featherweight champions and even flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. She is the only ever double champ in UFC women's history. She gained "champ-champ" status at UFC 232 after defeating Cyborg by first-round KO. She won the bantamweight title at UFC 200 after defeating Miesha Tate by rear-naked choke in the first round. She defended the bantamweight title 5 times and the featherweight title once.

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