Six Rising Women’s MMA Stars To Watch For


Women in combat sports have come a very long long way since the inception of the bantamweight division in the UFC in late 2012.

Female fighters like Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have made big names for themselves as the athletes at the forefront of the women’s movement in MMA.

While the UFC is obviously still the No. 1 organization in MMA, there are many up-and-coming female mixed martial artists in other organizations who are working their way to be the future stars of tomorrow.

Check out our list of rising women mixed martial artists who may be the next female fighters signed on to the UFC.

  • Juchi

    It would seem that you have the words “stars” and prospects mixed up. Given that a
    number of these girls have yet to even fight in MMA, calling them MMA stars is
    a bit premature. Noticeably missing, especially since you included well
    established Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is Angela Lee, who as a rookie last year won
    submission of the year, and this year, at the ripe old age of 19, became the youngest fighter to win a title in in a major organization in what many consider a fight of the year
    contender with Mei Yamaguchi.

    • marshall

      they are all stars in combat sports even if only 1 is in the ufc.

      • Juchi

        The article is headlined, “Six Rising Women’s MMA Stars.” 3 of them have yet to fight their first MMA fight so are hardly MMA stars. The article should have been headlined, ” Six newcomers to MMA have the potential to be Stars.” Angela Lee is not in the UFC, she’s in One Championship but despite only having been in MMA a little over a year, she is 6-0 and a tile holder. How could one note 3 fighters that haven’t yet fought in MMA as stars and leave out Lee or even Invicta’s Jinh Yu Frey, who up until her last fight, had fought no one of note and may next be challenging for the title?

        On the other hand, Aldano, Kowlkiewicz and Grasso are well experienced so why are they even mentioned?

        • marshall

          I get it miss titled but dern and tiffany are world champs other combat sports. dern did win her first fight as well.i bet tiffany first mma fight will be before the year over.