Pannie Kianzad is not happy with the current UFC bantamweight rankings and believes it is filled with inaccuracies.
Kianzad (16-6-0) has been a standout in the UFC’s bantamweight division over recent years, successfully winning five of her last six fights, most notably a decision against former title challenger Bethe Correia. The 30-year-old is currently positioned at number-seven in the UFC’s official 135-pound contender rankings and is arguably a win or two away from a title shot.
During a recent chat with Front Kick Online, Kianzad was asked about who she’d like to fight next. The former Invicta FC fighter said it doesn’t matter and explained why she doesn’t even take the rankings seriously.
“On a personal level it doesn’t matter. You can weigh 20 pounds more than me and I will still beat you to a pulp. But when it comes to ranking and title shots. For example, they talked about giving Aldana a title shot – and I absolutely think they shouldn’t. If you first can’t make 136, and then you have to make championship weight at 135, if you can’t make it, they shouldn’t risk a title fight. Norma Dumont, she has never ever made 135 in her life, and now she’s in the bantamweight rankings. The UFC rankings are chaotic, it’s not right.” she said.
Kianzad believes she is much better than her number-seven ranking and is confident in her ability to finish the number-one ranked contender and former champ, Julianna Pena.
“I would face Peña any day of the week, I would knock her out,” Kianzad said.
Kianzad does not have a fight booked at this time. She is currently recovering from a knee injury and expects to return to the cage in the Summer of 2023.