Two former UFC champions feature on Twitter’s list of the world’s sexiest athletes

Two former UFC champions feature on Twitter’s list of the world’s sexiest athletes

The biggest win of Holly Holm’s career came against Ronda Rousey. Now she has a second above her.

Listen to us. Holm pulled off one of the biggest upsets in MMA history when she knocked out Rousey at UFC 193 in Australia to win the women’s bantamweight title. Rousey’s MMA career never recovered. After a loss to Amanda Nunes in her comeback bout, she moved on to other projects and is now a wife, mother, and earns her salary from WWE.

Because of this, she’s always been in the spotlight — enough to have the social media world mention her regularly. Given her past status as a model in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Rousey has some experience using her image as a “thirst trap” on social media, as kids call it these days. And Holm too.

Earlier this summer, Pour Moi, a lingerie company in the UK, got to thinking about thirst traps and wondered which celebrities were driving Twitter users’ engines the most. When they got their results, they split it to include the athletes on a separate roster – and Rousey and Holm faced off again.

Pour Moi said it analyzed 115,000 “suggestive” tweets containing the words “hot”, “horny” or “sexy” written by about 100 different celebrities. And from that data, they arrived at their Twitter sexiest list. (You can check the results on For me here, but don’t hold us responsible if you decide to shop while you’re there.)

Given that the study was based in the UK, it’s not terribly surprising that half of the top 10 athletes on the list are footballers…er, football players. But with Rousey and Holm on the list, plus a boxer and another WWE star, nearly half of the rest of the top 10 comes from one fighting game or another.

Check out the full list of top 10 athletes below. And remember this:

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10. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey arrives at the premiere of ‘The Expendables 3’ at the TCL Chinese Theater on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Famous for: UFC, WWE Superstar, Olympic Judoka
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 852
Most useful factoids: Now 35, Rousey was the first woman in the UFC and won the first women’s bantamweight title… Of her 12 MMA wins, 11 were in the first round and eight were under a minute… her three latest UFC pay-per-view titles fights have averaged over a million buys…her resume includes ‘Furious 7’, ‘Entourage’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’…she is married to the former heavyweight UFC Travis Browne and has a child with him.

9. Jack Greish

July 23, 2022; Green Bay, Wis., USA; Manchester City FC midfielder Jack Grealish (10) controls the ball during the first half against FC Bayern Munich at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch – USA TODAY Sports

Famous for: Soccer for Manchester City
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,037
Most useful factoids: The 26-year-old native of Birmingham, England, is a winger who came to Man City from Aston Villa – which cost Man City £100m, believed to be the most expensive transfer in history of British football.

8. Olivier Giroud

July 15, 2018; Moscow, Russia; France striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after beating Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final at Luzhniki Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Famous for: Soccer for AC Milan
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,132
Most useful factoids: The 35-year-old French striker is married with four children… Giroud was the voice of the Green Goblin in the French version of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”… He is a long-time ambassador of the Puma brand, and was also the face of Hugo Boss cologne… His beard is legendary, as are his goal celebrations.

7. David Beckham

April 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Inter Miami CF owner David Beckham sits on the court before Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs First Round between the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Famous for: Former football star, and for bending it
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,143
Most useful factoids: One of the most famous football players in history, Beckham, now 47, had an entire movie (“Bend It Like Beckham”) named after his skills on the pitch… The Guy Who coined the term “metrosexual” once said Beckham was basically the epitome of the term for his fashion prowess… He’s married to Victoria, aka Posh Spice of The Spice Girls; they have four children… He is worth 450 million dollars.

6. LeBron James

April 7, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) watches from the bench during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita – USA TODAY Sports

Famous for: Basketball and not to be Michael Jordan
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,154
Most useful factoids: “King James” went straight from high school to NO. 1 NBA pick… He has four NBA titles, two Olympic gold medals, four NBA MVP awards and is an 18-time NBA All-Star… With the Lakers since 2018, he also had two stints with his Cleveland Cavaliers at home and one with the Miami Heat… His sponsorship deals are plentiful, which has contributed to a reported net worth of $1 billion – which is still lower than Michael Jordan’s $2.1 billion.

5. John Cena

August 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Roman Reigns (black pants) with Paul Heyman (suit) and John Cena (denim shorts) fight for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam 2021 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Famous for: WWE Superstar, actor
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,226
Most useful factoids: Cena, 45, holds countless WWE records for title wins and was one of the biggest stars in the brand’s history… His match against The Rock at WrestleMania 28 at the time was the biggest-selling pay-per-view in WWE history, as well as his biggest live gate… his big-screen career includes roles in “The Suicide Squad,” “Blockers,” and “F9.”


September 10, 2019; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brazil striker Neymar (10) attends to the South American Showdown soccer match against Peru at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Famous for: Soccer
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,279
Most useful factoids: The 30-year-old superstar plays for Paris Saint-Germain when he’s not playing for his Brazilian national team… In 2020, he was ranked the fourth highest-paid athlete in the world by Forbes; his net worth is 200 million dollars… He is included in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

3. Holly Holm

Holly Holm, UFC 239

Famous for: UFC, boxing
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,435
Most useful factoids: Now 40, Holm made her mark when she knocked out the untouchable Ronda Rousey in 2015 to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title… She lost the belt in her first defense attempt and was unable to regain a UFC title despite multiple attempts… “The Preacher’s Daughter” was the first woman to hold a world boxing title as well as a UFC title… Along with Rousey, she is one of the only two women to make that particular list – and both were UFC champions.

2. Anthony Joshua

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Anthony Joshua of Great Britain speaks to the media during the Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua 2 press conference on June 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Famous for: Boxing
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,526
Most useful factoids: The 32-year-old Briton is a former unified heavyweight champion – he held the WBA, IBF, WFO and IBO titles…Still ranked as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world…Gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics… Next fights Oleksander Usyk on August 22 in Saudi Arabia in a rematch for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, which he lost to him almost a year ago in London.


MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: Former Brazilian player Ronaldo cheers on fans ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Moscow Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Famous for: Soccer
Thirst Driven Fan Tweets Since 2019: 1,841
Most useful factoids: The 45-year-old Brazilian is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time… Although he has been retired for years, he is still active in the sport as a team owner and president of Real Valladolid, as well as the team at his boyhood club Cruzeiro in Brazil… the five-time FIFA Player of the Year is worth $500 million, but was also the first athlete to top $1 billion in earnings in career.

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