March is Women’s History Month. Women have made substantial contributions to this society. Whether in medicine, technology, or education, women have shaped our world. This is especially evident in combat sports. In this male-dominated world, women have taken center stage over the last few years. In this article, The Baddest Women on the Planet, we will explore some of the most exciting, polarizing, and downright lethal women in MMA and Boxing.
Kayla Harrison is a bad, bad woman. This two-time Olympic champion in Judo has set the MMA world on fire. She is also a two-time PFL woman’s lightweight champion. She was the hottest free agent in the sport until PFL beat out UFC and Bellator to resign her. Harrison will be looking to three-peat in her division this upcoming year. This Ohio native is a beast in the cage and an admirable woman outside of it. In 2020, she acquired full custody of both her niece and nephew. Wow!
Laila Ali is one of the most recognizable figures in Boxing. She made women’s boxing cool. The daughter of the great Muhammad Ali is considered the greatest female boxer ever. She won several world titles. She also retired undefeated. Ali went 24-0, with 21 knockouts. She’s also a model, actress, author, and so much more. Ali is the epitome of beauty, grace, and style. Having a famous father would be tough for some, but Laila lived up to the pressure. This is an example of a role model for young women worldwide.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is considered the “baddest woman on the planet”. In my Stone Cold Steve Austin voice, “she’s a BMF”. She is an Olympic medalist in Judo, a former MMA champion, a former WWE champion, just to name a few of her accomplishments. She is also an actress who has appeared in several movies. Rowdy has changed the game for women in MMA. Back in a time when it was thought women would never fight in the UFC, she headlined several pay-per-views. She also headlined Wrestlemania for WWE. Ronda is also the only woman ever inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
I just named a few of the baddest women on the planet. There are several more in both Boxing and MMA. During this Women’s History Month, I’d implore you to check these ladies out, and several more trailblazers like them.