WMMA Rankings takes a look at four rising female featherweight fighters who fans need to keep a serious eye on in 2021.
The UFC and Bellator MMA both currently host women’s featherweight divisions, with Amanda Nunes champion for the UFC and Cris Cyborg for Bellator MMA. Invicta FC also has a women’s 145-pound division with Pam Sorenson the reigning champion.
It’s no secret, the women’s featherweight division does not have as much depth as divisions at bantamweight and below. The UFC and Bellator have already signed most of the established 145-pound female fighters. In recent years, the two organizations have taken to signing female featherweights with few professional MMA wins in order to bring in new competition, these include Danyelle Wolf – UFC (1-0-0), Jessica Borga – Bellator (3-2-0) and Charlotte McIntyre – Bellator (1-0-0).
Here’s a look at four rising female featherweight fighters who have shown a lot of promise so far in their young careers and could be destined for a spot with the likes of UFC, Bellator MMA and Invicta FC, in the near future.
Julia Dorny – 2-0-0
Julia Dorny (2-0-0) is a 30-year-old from Germany who has been competing in combat sports since the age of 14. She may have only fought twice as a professional, however she has had an extensive amateur career consisting of 15 fights. She is the only female athlete in the world to have won championships in judo, amateur mixed martial arts and sumo wrestling. She was also the first German woman to become MMA European Champion and MMA World Champion in featherweight within the IMMAF amateurs. In April 2020 she was appointed to the “Athletes’ Commission” of the IMMAF. Dorny has finished both of her professional MMA fights by way of knockouts.
Martina Jindrova (2-0-0)
Martina Jindrova (2-0-0) is a Muay Thai fighter who made the transition to MMA in 2018. The 29-year-old, who fights out of Czech Republic, is a highly experienced striker who in 2015 notably lost a close decision to Muay Thai GOAT Jorina Baars in a bout which won ‘Fight of the Year’ with various media outlets. In 2013, Jindrova was set to take on Cris Cyborg in a Muay Thai bout but was forced to pull out due to injury. In her latest professional MMA fight, Jindrova stopped her opponent in 47-seconds following some vicious ground-and-pound.
Karolina Sobek – 2-0-0
Karolina Sobek (2-0-0) is an exciting featherweight prospect fighting out of Poland and looking to follow in the footsteps of Joanna Jedrzejczyk by one day becoming an MMA world champion for her country. She has been evolving as an athlete fight-by-fight and most recently submitted Klaudia Sygula, a woman who she was once submitted by in an exhibition bout, meaning she successfully avenged the loss.
Anna Remneva – 2-0-0
Anna Remneva (2-0-0) is a 23-year-old who fights out of Russia. She made her MMA debut in 2020 and fought on two occasions, winning both fights by way of an armbar submission. The young featherweight prospect has certainly looked impressive in her two showings so far and looks to continue the momentum this year. As well as competing in MMA, the Russian also actively competes in BJJ competition.
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