Let’s face it, men have always ruled the realm of martial arts and combat sports. However, in today’s world, that is starting to change – real fast. Leading the charge for this change today is undoubtedly the recent recipient of the 2015 Best Fighter ESPY Award, Ronda Rousey, who beat the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Gennady Golovkin and more to win the award.
However, over the years there have also been many other dominant female fighters just like Rousey. These are the fighters who have opened the eyes of the entire world to the talented, strong, confident and never-say-die side of women.
Today, Evolve Daily takes a look at some of them with 7 Of The Most Dominant Female Fighters Of All Time:
1) Ronda Rousey
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Olympic Judoka, multiple-time ESPY award winner, Hollywood blockbuster superstar; Ronda Rousey is without question the most popular female athlete in the world right now. And if you need an idea of just how dominant the “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” is, picture this: 12 wins and 12 finishes adding up to an unbelievable total of just 25 minutes and 36 seconds spent in the MMA cage!
2) Lucia Rijker
The Dutch Destroyer, Lady Tyson, and The Most Dangerous Woman in World; these are just some of the nicknames that belong to arguably the greatest female fighter to ever live, Lucia Rijker. Experts on the popular TV series, Sports Science even found that Rijker punches harder than an average male MMA fighter! Which explains why the undefeated, multiple-time boxing and kickboxing world champion from the 1980s to 2000s has a whopping total of 49 knockouts.
Today, Rijker continues to be an idol and role model for many female fighters around the world, including current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who hired Rijker as a striking coach back in 2012.
3) Laila Ali
When you’re the daughter of “The Greatest Boxer of all Time”, you’re bound to have at least some greatness in you as well. Laila Ali had more than just “some” greatness in her, and she sure did live up to her father, Muhammad Ali’s name.
With an unblemished record of 24 wins with 21 knockouts, she is a multiple-time two-division world champion who was so dominant that she was never really threatened in any of her fights during her career. Today, she continues her love for the sweet science as an analyst for ESPN.
4) Cecilia Brækhus
“The First Lady” Cecilia Brækhus is an undefeated Norwegian boxer and a former kickboxer. Brækhus dominates most of her opponents not with aggression or sheer physical strength, but pure skill. She is boxing’s current undisputed world welterweight champion and the only woman in history to hold all of boxing’s major titles (WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO) at the same time. She has yet to return to the ring this year, which is probably because there’s just no fighter right now that could challenge her reign at the top of boxing.
5) Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino
One look at Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino will leave you immediately convinced that she is indeed one of the most dominant forces in women’s MMA. With 12 devastatingly knockouts in 14 wins and just one loss, it’s no wonder why everyone’s raving about a match with her and the female fighter occupying the #1 spot on this list, Ronda Rousey.
And as a black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro and a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Galvão, “Cyborg” might very well be the most dominant female fighter in the world right now next to the ever-popular Rousey.
6) Germaine de Randamie
Although she hasn’t experienced the same level of success in MMA as she did in kickboxing, Germaine de Randamie is easily one of the most violent female fighters to ever live. A seven-time world champion with a record of 37-0 with 14 knockouts, she has even been known to knock men out cold! Nicknamed “The Iron Lady”, Randamie is bad news for any fighter (man or woman) that would dare step into the ring with her.
7) Jorina Baars
Dutch kickboxer and current Lion Fight champion Jorina Baars made quite a name for herself just last year after becoming the only woman to ever beat Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino in a kickboxing match.
But before the fight considered by many to be the greatest female kickboxing fight in history, Baars was already having problems trying to find a worthy opponent. Undefeated in 40 fights, the 5 foot 11 inch tall powerhouse is a nightmare for anyone standing across the ring from her.
Today, women are rising stronger than ever before. And there’s no denying that these strong, powerful female fighters have all played a huge role in helping to fight the negative stereotypes put on women!