There are many UFC champions and they all come from different walks of life. Some originate from countries as far away as Nigeria; others have wrestled bears as children. However, none of the women who’ve won gold in the UFC have been mothers. Here are the women fighting to become the first mom champ of the UFC.
One of the highest-ranked mothers in the UFC, Michelle Waterson has competed in the UFC and MMA for a long time. She became a mother in 2011, and she became the Invicta atomweight champion of the world two years later. Invicta is an all-women’s MMA organization partnered with the UFC, so it wasn’t long until Waterson joined the UFC.
However, Waterson was plagued by injuries after joining the UFC. She’d win some fights but then she’d lose some fights. Recently, she got a title-eliminator fight against Joanna Jędrzejczyk, where the winner would fight for the UFC’s strawweight title. Unfortunately for Waterson, Jędrzejczyk soundly beat her in a five-round decision.
Despite this setback, Waterson is one of the toughest women in the strawweight division. She’s remained a top competitor for years, so it won’t be long until she gets a title shot.
One of the newest mothers in the UFC, Mackenzie Dern actually gave birth about four months before she fought again. Although she’s had trouble making weight in the past, she was able to easily make weight for her return fight against Amanda Ribas.
Like Waterson’s fight against Jędrzejczyk, however, Ribas dominated Dern in a three-round decision. This was Dern’s first loss in MMA, but she’s actually very new to the sport. Dern made her MMA debut in 2016, and she joined the UFC in 2018. She rose to the top very fast because she’s an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, winning many medals in those competitions.
Unlike Waterson, Dern has a lot of room to grow as a fighter because she’s so new. She also competes in the strawweight division like Waterson. However, her lack of experience will give Dern a longer road to the title.
Also competing in the strawweight division, Nina Ansaroff recently announced she’s taking a year off from the sport in order to start a family. If she’s successful, then Ansaroff will have a good chance of becoming the UFC’s first mom champ as she’s a highly ranked fighter in her division.
That said, Ansaroff lost her last fight, so her road to becoming champion will take another win or two. On top of this, a year is a long time away for UFC fighters.
If Ansaroff successfully gives birth and if Amanda Nunes still holds one of her two UFC belts, then Nunes will become the UFC’s first mom champ. That’s because Nunes is engaged to Ansaroff, and both women will become mothers.
Nunes has no plans of giving birth herself, however, so she probably won’t be the UFC’s first champion who’s given birth. By all other definitions of the word, she would become a mom champ.
Again, this depends on both Ansaroff and Nunes. Although Nunes has dominated every woman she’s faced so far, anything can happen in the UFC. Nunes is expected to fight Germaine de Randamie next.