15 Female Athletes Who Could Kick Your Butt
Female Athletes Who Could Kick Your Butt
So maybe Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars winner Shawn Johnson cannot kick your butt, but she could probably give you a run for your money. The 4'9'', four-time Olympic medalist may be tiny, but her muscles are not something to scoff at.
The female athlete has evolved over the years, becoming faster, stronger and more durable than ever before. WNBA players have grown taller and taller. Track and Field athletes are lowering speed records and raising distance records. The world of women’s sports is ever changing for the better.
The popularization of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) through Ultimate Fighting Championship has not just been a benefit to male athletes, but females as well. Regularly adding more fighters of both genders to their group has allowed women to showcase their athletic abilities in nationally broadcasted fights.
Some of the sports that you might not consider to produce butt-kicking women--tennis, soccer, swimming, etc.--can even surprise you with some muscular, rough-and-tumble ladies. Soccer is a notoriously rough sport with plenty of elbows and cheap shots being thrown. Although they may not be the largest figures, female soccer players certainly have the spirit to make up for the brawn.
During my research, I was unable to find any real shocking additions from some of the stereotypically “girly sports”, like figure skating or cheerleading. I legitimately tried to find some, but could not. So, if you know of any buff, hardcore girls from those kinds of sports, I would love to learn about them. Leave me a comment and educate me!
Without further ado, I give to you 15 female athletes who you do not want to mess with or else you will get your butt kicked.
Sarah Kaufman – MMA
Do not be fooled by her 5'5'', 135 pound frame. Sarah Kaufman will use her purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to put you down on the ground in a hurry.
Abby Wambach – Soccer
As I said before, soccer may not be the most masculine sport, but the female athletes in it are as tough as any. Not to mention, the incredible endurance it takes to play soccer. Abby Wambach is a fantastic example of athletic ability. The 33-year-old is still at the top of her game and with a height of 5'11'' and muscles for days, Wambach could easily kick your butt.
Venus Williams – Tennis
I know what you are thinking. “Venus Williams? I could take her.” But consider this, the former No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world has a lot of fight in her. Tennis is often believed to be the most individualized sport, so any comeback wins or stunning upsets must come from deep within the athlete. The 6'1'' Floridian can reach within and utter her war cry in a way that will scare just about anyone.
Liz Cambage – WNBA
This 6'8'', 216 pound Australian, who plays in the WNBA for the Tulsa Shock, is not someone you want to mess with. I play basketball at the park weekly with my friends, but if Liz Cambage walked up and wanted to play, I would get off the court and get to safety.
Miesha Tate – MMA
Miesha Tate was recently ranked No. 5 on the pound-for-pound top 10 MMA fighters by mmaweekly.com. She got her start by wrestling on the boy’s team in high school and expanded into MMA. Weighing in as a Bantamweight (around 135 pounds), this 5'7'' former champion can do some serious damage to you in a fight.
Lolo Jones – Track and Field
This 5'9'' Iowa-native has muscles upon muscles and I can personally attest, as I follow her on twitter, she has some snarky sass. Also, Lolo Jones has been training with the USA Olympic Bobsled team recently. Pushing those sleds has probably only made her stronger. Stay out of her way. Disclaimer: Jones does seem like a nice person on twitter.
Cat Zingano – MMA
The No. 3 ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter is Cat Zingano. As you can see from the photo above, Zingano (in purple) is not someone you want to get into a fight with. The 5'6'' Bantamweight from Colorado has a perfect 8-0 record in her career. Trained in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, Zingano can throw you to the ground or knock you out with her fast punches and kicks. Keep your distance.
Jessica Ennis – Track and Field
Jessica Ennis is the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner in the Heptathlon. This means that she can run, jump and throw with the most elite women in the world. The all-around athlete is a physical specimen and could surely mess you up.
Aneta Florczyk – World’s Strongest Woman
This four-time winner of the World’s Strongest Woman competition got her start in power lifting. In researching her strength, one of the first things that come up in association with her name is a video of her bending a frying pan with her bare hands. Look it up; it is an impressive sight. Aneta Florczyk does not seem like the type of girl you want to mess with.
Francesca Schiavone – Tennis
This little 5'5'' firecracker has been grunting like a man on tennis courts since 1998. Francesca Schiavone’s tennis stroke is so seriously disturbing, I have muted the television during her matches before. Packed with a lot of punch and muscles all in one small package, Schiavone is not someone with whom I would like to get into an altercation.
Laila Ali – Boxing
Coming in at 5'10'', 160 pounds, Laila Ali is one of the last people I would ever want to get in a fight with. Not only does she have size, she also has experience and the bloodline of champions. Daughter of arguably the greatest boxer of all-time, Muhammad Ali, Laila boasts a perfect 24-0 record with 21 wins by knockout. Do not let the fancy dress and makeup mislead you, Ali will drop you like a sack of potatoes.
Brittney Griner – WNBA
The 6'8'' center out of Baylor University was a woman among girls in her college years. Being able to dunk with relative ease and long enough arms to block girls left and right, Brittney Griner made a huge name for herself. At almost 200 pounds, Griner has continued to excel even in the WNBA, averaging almost three blocks per game in her young career. For sheer size and intimidation factor, I would not touch her with a 10-foot pole.
Serena Williams – Tennis
There is just something about Serena Williams’ demeanor and court presence that tells me not to mess with her. The 16-time Grand Slam champ has dominated the tennis courts since 1995. With a serve that is considered by many to be the best ever, often reaching nearly 130 miles per hour, and a backhand that could slice me in two, Williams is another woman I would stay far away from.
Cheryl Miller – WNBA
Reggie Miller is one of the better NBA players of all time, but has admitted that his unorthodox, rainbow shot was developed as a way to avoid being blocked as a child by his older sister, Cheryl Miller. Widely regarded as the best female basketball player of all time, Miller’s 6'2'' frame is the second largest thing about her. The largest and loudest is her cocky attitude. As Carl Carlton would say, “She is one bad mama jama.”
Ronda Rousey – MMA
Ronda Rousey was ranked the pound-for-pound number one female MMA fighter. She is a perfect 7-0 in her young career as a Bantamweight fighter and gets her wins in a much more violent manner than the traditional knockout. All seven of Rousey’s wins have come via tap out submission which means she really likes to hurt her opponents.
So that does it for my list. Please leave me a comment telling me about which ladies you agree with, disagree with and any others you think should have made it on the list.