Following on from her impressive second round submission victory over heavyweight monster Jazzy Gabert at RIZIN Fighting Federation 5, King Reina has has climbed up to number three in the lightweight world rankings.
The “King” is now 3-0 in her professional mixed martial arts career and has looked nothing short of sensational in all her performances. She made her professional debut in November 2016, submitting Eriko Iwamoto in the first round, following an Armbar. This past February she dominated a UFC veteran in Shayna Baszler to pick up the unanimous decision victory, and Sunday’s victory over Gabert is another huge one for the rising 20-year-old star.
Reina has made it no secret that she plans to be the woman to put the 155-pound lightweight division on the map. Much like in the way that Ronda Rousey did for the 135-pound bantamweight division and Cris Cyborg with the 145-pound featherweight division. She possesses world-class Judo skills, as displayed by the way she was able to takedown her heavyweight opponent with ease.
Above Reina at number one is the undefeated Bobbi-Jo Dalziel (3-0-0), a woman who is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over Jozette Cotton. Whilst at number two is Sarah Patterson (5-2-0), who is currently on the longest active win-streak of anyone in the division, and has finished her last four fights in devastating fashion.
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