World champion in sambo and hand-to-hand combat, fighter Irina Alekseyeva named the strongest mixed martial artists in the world in her interview with MMA.Metaratings.ru.
"Basically, everyone is strong, but some are ready at a certain point and some are not. If I had to single someone out, it would be Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko, Francis Ngannou, and Charles Oliveira," Alekseyeva said.
Alekseyeva had her last fight against the French Stephanie Ielo Page in October 2021 during Bellator 269. The bout was her debut in the American organization. Irina won this fight by unanimous decision.
Alekseyeva made her MMA debut in a fight against her compatriot Gulnara Garaeva in March 2019. This bout ended in favor of Irina by TKO in the first round. She had four wins and one loss.