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.