Power, agility, skill and an unrelenting determination to succeed. Women have been able to break barrier after barrier, ceiling after sealing and in this case, bone after bone.
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One thing that the world of MMA has taught us is to never underestimate your opponent, be it by their strength, their size and most definitely their sex. The women we are about to show you are prime examples of the most skillful karate and MMA women that you don’t ever want to mess with.
#7. Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate is an American mixed martial artist that knows how to stand her ground. Match after match, she has competed with the best of the best and has earned her rightful place on this list. Born in Tacoma, Washington, she took the road towards more of the boys sports as they were called, and instead of cheerleading or basketball, that fighting spirit guided her toward wrestling. It wasn’t long after that that Tate then took to the world of MMA with the final victory on March 5th of 2016. She has since retired from the sport and is now the VP for ONE Championship and is living it up in Singapore. Taking it easy is absolutely fine for this amazing woman but don’t let her relaxed demeanor confuse you. She’s able to pounce and leave you gasping for air.
#6. Sarah Kaufman – “First Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champ”
Kaufman is a Canadian mixed martial artist that has graced the diamond cage for quite some time now. On June 19, 2009 at the Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg match, she competed against submission specialist Shayna Baszler and once again won via Unanimous Decision. The fight marked the first time that a women’s bout was contested under five-minute rounds in Strikeforce. Kaufman debuted for Armageddon Fighting Championship on April 2nd, 2011 at the promotion’s fifth event judgment day where she fought in front of her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. She went on to defeat Megumi Yabushita by TKO in the third round of the main event. Making her way into 2019, Kaufman joined the Professional Fighters League to compete in their Women’s Lightweight tournament. In the opening round, she faced Morgan Frier at PFL 1 on May 9, 2019. She won the fight via an arm-triangle choke submission to earn her 6 points in the first round.
#5. Gina Carano
Gina Carano came to the martial arts world by Muay Thai, a fighting style that is known for the powerful mid blows and grappling maneuvers. She was coached by none other than the legendary master Toddy and her fighting dedication and skill catapulted her into the Muay Thai tournament circuit. She was besting pros left and right and didn’t bat an eye at the competition, not one bit. This lady knows how to hold her own and it clearly shows. Achieving pro Muay with a record of 12 wins and only one defeat, this fighter is one that you never, and we mean absolutely never, want to get on their bad side. Now moving on to being star films such as “In the Blood”, “Fast & Furious 6” and “Deadpool”, that fierce combination of agility skill and just sheer awesomeness earns Gina Carano a spot on our list.
#4. Julie Kitchen
It’s said that what makes Julie Kitchen an amazing fighter in and out of the ring is how approachable and kind she is as a human being. But don’t let that calm and friendly demeanor fool you. Her bark and bite both matched egregiously. Known as “The Queen of Muay Thai”, this unbelievably remarkable lady delivers an amazing performance in the ring. Coming from Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom, Julie Kitchen is one that doesn’t pull her kicks. Although she chose to retire back in 2012 after her fight with Amanda Kelly, we still see her in the fighting scenes coaching, sparring and helping others toward their greatness.
#3. Ronda Rousey
Known as one of the most famous female fighters in the Twitter world, Ronda Rousey can get unjustly rowdy. Rousey is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and even actress can be added to her list of skills. Known to share a great humorous demeanor, Rousey is a favorite in the fighting world. She was the first lady to win an Olympic bronze medal in judo back in the Summer Olympics in Beijing. She is the only woman to win a championship in both the UFC and WWE fighting world as well as the first woman to headline a pay-per-view event within both of the companies. She has won the hearts of many and was defined as “one of the defining athletes of the 21st century”. Now if you were to try and get into the ring with Rousey, we’ll be interested in seeing how that plays out.
#2. Sandra Sánchez
When it comes to karate, Sandra Sánchez is an absolute beast, and we mean that in the most appreciative form. Sandra Sánchez is a Spanish karateka and a woman who went to become world champion in the women’s individual kata event during the 2018 world championships in the beautiful Madrid, Spain. She also took home another gold award for the same event while at the European Karate Championships for 5 consecutive years. This means that she was going relentlessly achieving the top medal for 5 years in a row. Wow! Can you imagine winning a sport that challenging over and over again, let alone 5 times? Winning over 35 medals since January of 2014, we can clearly see why this fighter makes our list at number two. That leaves quite the setup for number one and let’s not hold you any longer.
#1. Amanda Nunes – “The Lioness”
For anyone who knows about lions, we know that lionesses are the ones who do the hunting. They plant their paws on the ground and get right to work, gracefully stalking their prey and waiting for that perfect moment to strike. Amanda Nunes has earned that nickname for the very exact reason. Her abilities within the ring can make anyone extremely hesitant at the thought of having to get in a cage for a one-on-one. Born on May 30th, 1988 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, she has fought for promotions such as Bitetti Combat, Strikeforce and Invicta FC. She holds notable wins over Sheila Gaff and Julia Budd. Of Nunes’ 10 wins of the time, all had been finishes with 9 TKOs. We don’t know about you but that record clearly says “don’t mess with me”.
It’s nothing to think twice about. We clearly know that these 7 women are ones that you should absolutely never push their buttons.
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