Over the past decade, women's MMA has come a long way—from a sport that was frowned upon by the fight community to finally being embraced and featured on Pay-Per-View cards.
Women's mixed martial arts still has a long way to go before it is on the same level as men's MMA, but females everywhere should be pleased and happy at the state of the sport. There are many women who have helped female fighters get to where they are today; some are widely known by the fight community and others remain relatively anonymous.
The fighters of today and those of the future have the opportunity to step into the cage because of fighters from the past. Today's ambassadors of the sport are giving women's MMA a positive image.
The eight women on this list are some of the best in the sport and have created a wider acceptance for female fighters. These women have already carved a name for themselves as some of the best in MMA and will continue to help the sport grow and develop into what it can be in the future.