Twelve female bantamweight prospects who could be UFC bound – Part 1 of 3

The UFC bantamweight division is looking relatively smaller than when it first started. Many of the division’s talents have moved or considering moving down to flyweight or up to featherweight, whilst others have retired or are inactive due to injuries, pregnancies and other endeavors.

With the UFC no doubt looking to rebuild their women’s 135-pound weight-class, WMMA Rankings takes a look at twelve prospects who could be set to join the organization, starting with part one of a three-part series.


Santos is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the entire women’s bantamweight division.

Taila Santos (14-0)
Brazil’s Santos currently fights for Aspera FC and is the reigning 135-pound champion. The undefeated 24-year-old trains at the Astra Fight Team along with a number of UFC and Bellator veterans. Nine of her fourteen career victories come by way of first-round knockouts.

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Opponents have been unable to deal with Frota’s power and aggression.

Sarah Frota (6-0)
Frota is a 30-year-old Brazilian who also trains at the Astra Fight Team. She has remained undefeated, with her opponents failing to be able to contend with her power and aggression. She has finished four of her six victories, three submissions and one knockout.

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Kellem has stopped three of her opponents thanks to her striking.

Mayana Kellem (6-0)
Fighting out of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, Kellen has looked absolutely unstoppable whilst competing on the regional scene. Training out of Top Life Amazonas, her striking has proved to be too much for all her opponents, picking up four finishes whilst maintaining her undefeated record.

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Mokhnatkina is one of Fight Nights Global’s biggest stars.

Marina Mokhnatkina (4-0)
Mokhnatkina currently fights for Russian based organization, Fight Nights Global. The 29-year-old came from a highly-accomplished submission grappling background before entering the sport of MMA. Since making her professional debut in June 2016, she has remained undefeated, submitting all her opponents inside the very first round. Mokhnatkina will fight for the inaugural Fight Nights Global bantamweight title on February 22.

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Fight fans, who would you like to see the UFC sign to its bantamweight division this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. As many of the aforementioned as possible, as the division has been severely depleted with fighters retiring, exiting to different divisions and out due to injuries or pregnancy.

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