Bantamweight Rankings Report: Pennington rises, Tate removed, Carmouche returns

UFC 205 has caused a major shakeup to the Women’s Pro MMA World Rankings for the Bantamweight division. One of the biggest moments of the night was former UFC champion Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate announcing her retirement after a unanimous decision loss to Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington. Pennington rises to Number 7, just behind ‘Alpha’ Cat Zingano who Pennington lost to via rear-naked choke back in 2012.

Liz Carmouche made her return at UFC 205 after an almost 18 month lay-off. She defeated top rising prospect Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. Carmouche is welcomed back to the rankings and placed at Number 10. Carmouche holds wins over the likes of Valentina Schevchenko, Jessica Andrade and Lauren Murphy.

UFC’s Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes remains at Number 1, with Valentina Schevchenko right behind her. Due to Miesha Tate’s retirement, Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey and Julianna Pena all move up a place and round out the Top 5. December 30th will be a big night in determining whether Rousey has what it takes to rise back on top, or has Women’s MMA simply evolved too much over the past 12 months?

Elsewhere at Number 9 we have Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya ‘Triple Threat’ Evinger. Evinger is currently on a whopping 9 fight win streak, with 6 of them coming by stoppage. Evinger is a very capable competitor, and it’s a wonder why she has not been allowed the opportunity to come to the UFC and test her skills against more experienced competition. Hopefully that time will be coming soon.

The Women’s Pro MMA World Rankings are updated within 48 hours of a Mixed Martial Arts event. You can view the Bantamweight Rankings by clicking HERE.

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