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Feb 21, 2013
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Y'all must have heard the names of Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche in some capacity over the last couple of weeks—they will be making history this Sunday by being the first female fighters to ever compete in the UFC Octagon. Rousey, in particular, is the first ever UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and is currently riding high as the new face of women's mixed martial arts (Translation: She's pretty!). So yes, we're gonna be tuned in for that one.

After Sunday's UFC 157, you're all gonna wanna know more about the top female fighters in the sport, primarily because Ronda's bound to face some of these ladies in the future—yeah, we're rooting for Rousey! So go and check out Sarah Kaufman, Alexis Davis, and three other bad-ass chicks of women's MMA!




Sarah Kaufman

Record: 15-2
Sarah is currently ranked as the #3 female fighter in the pound for pound global rankings, and is the first person to ever hold the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship way back in 2010. Kaufman finished her first eight fights via TKO, and holds victories over equally-scary chicks Alexis Davis, Takayo Hashi, and Liz Carmouche.

Superwoman moment: At Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe, then-champion Kaufman channeled her inner Rampage Jackson and defended Roxanne Modafferi’s armbar by body slamming her into the canvass en route to a KO victory in the third round. To her defense, Modafferi looked a lot better asleep than Ricardo Arona ever did.

                                






Marloes “Female Rickson” Coenen

Record: 21-5
Marloes is a 13-year mixed martial arts veteran who is currently ranked as the #1 featherweight female fighter in the world. She is most dangerous on the ground, having won a majority of her fights via armbar and rear naked choke. Having competed in Strikeforce, Invicta FC, Dream, and K-Grace 1, she holds victories over Sarah Kaufman and Liz Carmouche.

Superwomen moment: At Dream 18 back in December, Marloes Coenen trapped Fiona Muxlow in a Thai clinch, took full advantage of the Japanese promotion’s loose policy on knee strikes, and sealed the deal with an armbar barely four minutes into the opening round. Coenen then called out Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, who knocked her out in 2010, for a rematch.

                                






Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis

Record: 13-5
Alexis is currently ranked as the #5 female fighter in the pound for pound global rankings, and is known for being a black belt in both Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Fighting under the tutelage of Cesar Gracie, Alexis is also a Canadian Open grappling champion. She holds notable victories over women's MMA vets Amanda Nunes, Hitomi Akano, and Julie Kedzie.

Superwoman moment: At Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann, Davis preferred to stand up with Japanese fighter Hitomi Akano in the opening round, but started to dominate her on the ground with a flurry of rib strikes in the second. Not a second to soon, the “Ally-Gator” finished the job with a rear naked choke, the fourth submission victory of her illustrious career.

                                
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NEXT: Jessica "Evil" Eye and a woman they call "Cyborg"


WORDS: MIKEY AGULTO
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