The MMAWeekly.com rankings list the Top 10 MMA fighters from around the world in each of the most widely accepted weight classes, as well as a Top 10 mixed pound-for-pound list ranking the best male and female fighters.
Rose Namajunas shocked the world when she upset then-UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk to claim the top spot in the Women’s Strawweight MMA Top 10 Rankings. It wasn’t like Namajunas wasn’t a known commodity – she had already defeated the likes of Michelle Waterson, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant, and Angela Hill – but Jedrzejczyk is so good, few gave Namajunas much of a chance.
Namajunas was tasked with an immediate rematch in the UFC 223 co-main event in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was a tough fight that went all five rounds, but Namajunas again got the better of Jedrzejczyk, cementing her position as the top strawweight fighter in the world.
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Women’s Strawweight MMA Top 10 Rankings
- Rose Namajunas
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Jessica Andrade
- Claudia Gadelha
- Tecia Torres
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Tatiana Suarez (9)
- Livia Renata Souza (NR)
- Carla Esparza (7)
- Nina Ansaroff
*Previous ranking in parentheses