Women’s mixed martial arts has been steadily receiving more recognition over the years, thanks in part to the dominant ONE female fighters who consistently showcase exciting performances.
Whether they’re submission experts, striking aficionados, or a mix of both, women’s MMA shines brighter today because of these martial artists.
Having said that, we revisit some of the most impressive record-breaking performances from six of the organization’s top female athletes.
Angela Lee Smashes Three Marks
When ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee took a brief sabbatical from fighting to focus on motherhood, fans were uncertain if she’d return to the Circle with the same fire.
Lee scored a second-round submission of Stamp, earning her more than just another World Title defense. In fact, the win helped her break three separate records in the ONE women’s mixed martial arts division.
The victory earned “Unstoppable” the record for most overall bouts (13), the most overall wins (11), and the most overall finishes (9).
Xiong Jing Nan Triples Down As World Champ
ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan is seasoned in both boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, making her one of the most well-rounded female mixed martial artists in ONE.
Her most recent win came against Ayaka “Zombie” Miura at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS, where she used her superb striking and takedown defense to defend her World Title and add another record-breaking performance to her resume.
Xiong already held the #1 spot for most KO finishes for women overall in ONE (4), but her victory over the Japanese standout made her the record holder for most ONE Women’s World Title defenses (6) and most ONE Women’s World Title bouts (8).
Jomary Torres Scores Fastest Strawweight Finish
Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres has competed in both the atomweight and strawweight divisions, excelling in both weight classes.
However, at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES, she finished April Osenio with a 40-second KO, etching her name into ONE’s history books for the fastest knockout in the women’s mixed martial arts strawweight division.
What was even more impressive was how she first had to defend Osenio’s armbar attempt. To escape, Torres lifted Osenio into the air and then dropped down, forcing her challenger to disengage.
Torres then landed a barrage of ground and pound to achieve the record-breaking knockout.
Mei Yamaguchi, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol Tie For Most Atomweight Fights
Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi and Priscilla Hertati “Thathie” Lumban Gaol have been competing in ONE for over five years now, and although they’ve never shared the Circle together, they do share one thing in common.
The Japanese and Indonesian stars hold the record for most atomweight mixed martial arts bouts in the women’s division (11). But aside from that, they also hold their own respective records.
Lumban Gaol, on the other hand, holds the record for most wins in the women’s mixed martial arts atomweight division (7), which she earned when she defeated Bozhena “Toto” Antoniyar via unanimous decision at ONE: DAWN OF VALOR.
Denice Zamboanga Shatters Record For Fastest Atomweight Submission
Third-ranked atomweight contender Denice “Lycan Queen” Zamboanga has been a force ever since she started with ONE in 2019. In fact, her relentless attacks have made her a fan favorite in women’s mixed martial arts.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt’s most memorable bout was against Thailand’s “Dream Girl,” Watsapinya Kaewkhong, at ONE: A NEW BREED. Despite facing a judo champion, Zamboanga landed a flurry of strikes on her foe and dragged her down to the canvas.
From there, “Lycan Queen” slapped on an Americana submission, forcing the Thai to tap at 1:28 of the first round and earning the record for the fastest submission in the women’s atomweight division.