Even with all the struggling issues in the economy the sport of mixed martial arts continues to grow all the same. One specific area of the sport that is growing and evolving is women’s mma. With several fighters starting to earn a name with casual fans and more and more ladies getting involved this area will see continued progress in the future. In this article we are gonna discuss the top 5 ultimate female fighting stars in mixed martial arts.
Julie Kedzie is the very first woman we are gonna talk about on this top 5 ultimate female fighting stars countdown. Even though she has a sweet appearance to go along with a 9-7 mma record this one is as tough as nails. She is probably most known for her EliteXC fight with Gina Carano which is known as the first women’s mma fight to be shown on national television. Currently signed with the American Fight League (AFL) Julie Kedzie has won three of her last four fights.
The next name on our ultimate female fighting stars list is the lovely Erin Toughill. You gotta love the appropriate last name and with a 10-2 record this fighter is more than capable of putting opponents to sleep. Her only loss in the last ten fights was a disqualification against Megumi Yabushita a fighter that she had already beaten once in her career. Erin Toughill is on the second season of American Gladiators as Steel, has a 8-2-2 boxing record and can claim a brown belt in Gracie BJJ.
Who could make a ultimate female fighting stars list without giving a shout out to veteran Tara Larosa. If not for exposure she would be at the top of the countdown with her impressive 17-1 record and 14 straight wins. One of the more significant things to mention is that nearly half of her wins have come via submission. Just like Julie Kedzie she is also signed with the American Fight League (AFL). Tara Larosa can claim wins over several other ultimate female fighting stars like Kelly Kobald, Julie Kedzie and Shayna Baszler.
Next up we have the stunning Gina Carano who is the face of women’s mma for more reasons than one. If the undefeated 8-0 record she brings to the cage isn’t enough to draw fans then her sexy looks sure as heck finish the job. The fights on EliteXC between Gina Carano and Julie Kedzie, Tonya Evinger, Kelly Kobald and Kaitlin Young pushed those fighters and women’s mma in general into the public spotlight. Her appearances on American Gladiators as Crush also helped to boost her popularity. Now signed with Strikeforce she will face Cristiane Santos in what will probably be the most hyped fight in the history of women’s ultimate female fighting.
The other side of that battle featuring top ultimate female fighting stars will be Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos one of the toughest women fighters in the sport. The 7-1 record and 7 wins in a row aren’t really all that impressive but the way she has destroyed her opponents is what earns her the top spot on the ultimate female fighting stars list. This fighter may have burst onto the scene when she destroyed Shayna Baszler on EliteXC in front of thousands of viewers. That fight against Gina Carano for the new Strikeforce Women’s Championship will be must see tv without a doubt.
Source(s) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Kedzie , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Toughill , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tara_LaRosa , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gina_Carano, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristiane_Santos