Cris Cyborg tops the Pound-For-Pound list this month, like it or not no other woman has been as dominant and sustained the dominance that she has for well over a decade now. Currently the Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, Cyborg has cleaned out most of the division. Her two biggest contendors right now who she hasn’t faced are Number 2 ranked Featherweight Cindy Dandois (wins over Marloes Coenen, Daria Ibragimova and Jorina Baars) and rising prospect Number 6 Featherweight Megan Anderson (recent first round TKO win over Peggy Morgan). Both of these girls can pose problems for Cyborg which no other woman previously has.
UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk sits hot on Cyborg’s heels as the Number 2 Pound-For-Pound Fighter, since winning the championship back in March 2015 she has gone on to defend the title 3 times in dominant fashion and will make her fourth defence against Karolina Kowalkiewicz this Saturday at UFC 205. Jedrzejczyk of course is the Number #1 Strawweight, and if she wins this Saturday against a very tough contendor in Kowalkiewicz, then it looks like it will remain that way for a very long time.
Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki is the current Number 1 Atomweight in the world, she to has been extremely dominant tearing through the competition with her only loss being to Strawweight Claudia Gadelha back in 2013. Hamasaki has cleaned out all the main contendors in her division with wins over Jinh Yu Frey, Naho Sugiyama, Herica Tiburcio and Amber Brown who all make up the Top Five. Undefeated rising prospect Janaisa Morandin (10-0) from Brazil sits at Number 8 and right now could be the biggest test for the champion.
Elsewhere in the Flyweight Division Invicta FC Champion Jennifer Maia is the current Number 1 Flyweight in the world, defending her title against Number 5 contendor Roxanne Modafferi last month. Hot on her heels is former UFC Bantamweight Contendor Rin Nakai. Nakai has returned to the division since her UFC release, and this is where she is at her best! Nakai holds a Unanimous Decision win over Number 3 Flyweight Sarah D’Alelio.
The Lightweight Division has been severely shaken up. Longtime Lightweight queen Jozette Cotton was recently dethroned by rising prospect Bobbi-Jo Dalziel (now 3-0-0). Dalziel dominated Cotton to a Unanimous Decision win. Dalziel snatches the Number 1 position at Lightweight in just her third career fight, moving Cotton down to 2. Other exciting top contendors include Brittney Elkin, Gabrielle Holloway and Andria Wawro. This division is certainly shaping up to being one of the most exciting divisions right now.
Due to lack of depth in the divisions, Welterweights, Middleweights and Heavyweights are all ranked together. The Number 1 spot goes to the 6’2 and 245lb Brazilian Gabi Garcia. Garcia (3-0) is a freak of nature and has been dominant since debuting in MMA in December 2015, with all her wins coming by stoppage. She has defeated Lei’D Tapa, Destanie Yarbrough (#5) and Anna Maliukova (#6). There are plenty of possible top contendors including Sarah Patterson (#2) who fights at Middleweight and Heavyweight and has finished her last three fights with vicious stoppages. England’s undefeated middleweight Lisa ‘Lights Out’ McCallam (#3) is also a big threat, as well as Kilistina Makihele (#4).
Women’s MMA is really heating up, see ‘Schedule’ for a list of upcoming fights. Rankings are updated within 48 hours of an event finishing, November sees a lot of big fights in WMMA, so December could see a major shakeup.