While women's mixed martial arts has only been featured in the UFC since 2013, there are documented fights involving female competitors that date back to the mid-1990s. From its infancy to present, thanks to some very talented and marketable fighters, women's MMA has grown leaps and bounds.
With the help of some influential pioneers, many of whom we are about to discuss, it's now possible for a female fighter to become a legend inside the Octagon. With that in mind, it's time to tackle the task of ranking the ten greatest female fighters of all-time.
In truth, greatness can be a subjective term. In order to provide some clarity regarding the criteria for the list, let's discuss what factors are being used rank these combatants.
A competitors professional record and the titles they have held will be given major consideration. However, strength of schedule will also be examined, to avoid over-rating fighters who may not have faced the stiffest of competition. Moreover, we will also take a look at the level of notoriety a fighter has achieved and the overall impact their legacy had (or is having) on the sport.
Now that we've laid the groundwork, let's get to it.
From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.