22. Cat Zingano
Mixed Martial Arts
How could we describe our reaction when we first saw Cat Zingano? The best quote we could probably use comes from the formidable MMA lady herself: “my head caved in, I was dizzy; I couldn’t be in light for a month. I put on like 30 pounds because my pituitary gland got knocked around and my hormones were all screwed up.” Yeah, she’s a looker alright.
And a powerhouse. The #3 UFC bantamweight only discovered jiu-jitsu late in life, after a promising career on the college wrestling team. Now 34 and with an impressive 9-2 win-loss record, she’s also the mother of Brayden, making her the first mother ever to fight in UFC. If she was our mother, we’d have a much different upbringing.