Danielle Steel is a former UFC fighter, but she also holds the distinction of being the first black woman ever to compete in a women’s MMA event.
Steel made history as the first woman to compete at the UFC’s biggest event and become the first African-American to ever fight at the event.
She earned the first-ever UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title when she defeated Kaitlyn Chachki via submission in the third round of her bout against Julie Kedzie in September.
Now, Steel is back at the top of the UFC bantamweight division.
Steel was originally drafted in the first round by the UFC in 2014, but was later waived due to injury.
She returned to the UFC following the 2015 season and captured a UFC lightweight title fight with Angela Hill in March.
Steel is currently ranked No. 18 on the all-time UFC bimonthly women’s bantamweights list.
She is currently No. 10 on the list of UFC women’s strawweight champions.
Steel has also fought for Strikeforce, where she captured the Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Championship in 2016.
She will compete for Strike Force on Saturday night when she meets Kariya Perez.
Steel has been a staple of Strikeforce’s female-heavyweight division since she debuted in 2012, and the undefeated former Strikeforce champion has earned an unprecedented six straight victories in the UFC.
Steel’s five UFC victories are tied for the third most in UFC history behind Jessica Eye (seven) and Germaine de Randamie (seven).
She is also the only woman to have won eight straight fights inside the Octagon and is just the second woman in UFC women (female fighter, female fighter) history to hold the title.