Some of these women have made their fame fighting other chicks inside the cage. Some made it as ring girls outside of it. But they're all absolute knockouts.
The legendary Gracie family has been one of the most dominant forces in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and by association mixed martial arts, for decades. But it's not just the dudes in the posse that kick some ass - the gorgeous Kyra Gracie is a black belt and works as an instructor both in Brazil and the United States. She's in training to make her MMA debut later this year, and I pity the poor lady who stands in her way.
Known as "The Karate Hottie," model and fighter Michelle Waterson looks as good out of the cage as she does in it. The Thai-American cutie was born and raised in Colorado, starting martial arts training at the age of ten and modeling during high school. She's trained in multiple disciplines and has a memorable appearance on MTV's Bully Beatdown where she whipped the crap out of a female bully. She recently gave birth to her first child, so it might be some time before we see her fight again.
Often called the "Face of Women's MMA," Gina Carano is one of the most well-recognized fighters in the game today. Born and raised in Texas, she started her career in Muay Thai, racking up a spectacular record before being asked to fight in the first legally sanctioned MMA bout in Nevada. She went on to great success with Strikeforce, winning a number of impressive victories.
Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen comes from an ass-kicking family, with her father and grandfather both practicing the warrior's way, and she is upholding the family legacy ably. She started training at the age of fourteen and made her professional debut at nineteen, racking up an impressive eight straight wins. She currently holds the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Title and is whipping all comers.
Kaitlin Young started fighting at the tender young age of fourteen, earning a black belt in tae kwon do, and went on to become one of the trailblazers of women's MMA. She's well-known for her endurance, as shown in her fight with Gina Carano that only ended after the referee ruled her unable to continue. She doesn't have the best record as of late, but there's still plenty of time left in her career.
The gorgeous Chandella Powell is one of the more recent additions to the UFC's stable of ring girls, making her debut in January of 2010. She was discovered by the company while working as a Bunny in the Playboy Club restaurant, and she's obviously got the body that makes the crowd go wild. Things are only going to get better for this hottie.
Going back to the fighter side of the equation with the lovely Michelle Ould. Training with one of the best in the business in Dan Henderson at Team Quest, Ould has explored a wide variety of combat sports, starting with jiu-jitsu and expanding into wrestling as well. She's also the mother of two sons, which makes her a hot MMA MILF. Is that enough acronyms for you?
Nicknamed "The Bulldog," we'd sure love to drool over Felice Herrig. The kickboxer first rose to fame on Oxygen's Fight Girls reality show, where she defeated a Thai women's champion, and since then she's racked up a very impressive streak of wins against some very tough competition. I'm sure that only bigger and better opportunities await her in the future.
Let's start off with probably the most famous UFC ring girl in the game - the lovely Arianny Celeste. Born in Las Vegas, the home of the groundbreaking fighting promotion, she stuck around town until being scouted by the company to work as a ring card girl in 2006. Her amazing good looks quickly made her a favorite among the fans, and she rapidly got a ton of other offers, including posing for Playboy in 2010.