As per the UFC’s official website, the women’s bantamweight division rankings are as follows:
Women’s Bantamweight Division
Champion: Amanda Nunes (13-4)
- Valentina Shevchenko (13-2)
- Julianna Pena (8-2)
Holly Holm (10-2) Ronda Rousey (12-2)
- Raquel Pennington (9-5)
- Cat Zingano (9-2)
- Sara McMann (10-3)
- Liz Carmouche (11-5)
- Bethe Correia (10-2)
Germaine de Randamie (6-3)
- Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-1)
- Alexis Davis (17-7)
- Marion Reneau (7-3)
- Jessica Eye (11-6)
- Leslie Smith (9-7)
Some of the problems we are seeing in MMA are the amount of quality of women fighters in divisions. A few weeks ago, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division was stacked. Today, it’s a lot thinner and the division is completely up in the air. The one constant is champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes has finished 2 UFC champions and sits comfortable atop the division.
The last time Ronda Rousey lost a fight, she was absent from MMA for a year. A competitor like Rousey takes losses very hard and acts unpredictably. People react differently to losses. Some get a fire under them and want to fight immediately. Others like Rousey seem to go and search for answers. Fresh off of her :48 loss to Amanda Nunes, we can only speculate that Ronda may once again be out for an extended amount of time. Just like that, the division loses one of the top pound-for-pound WMMA fighters.
Miesha Tate fought Raquel Pennington and appeared to have completely lost all of her love for MMA. Pennington handled Tate in the fight and Miesha retired on the spot. It may have been a hasty decision and it could just be a Floyd Mayweather retirement. I.E. She’s finished. Unless she gets the itch to do it again. We know it will not be soon though. Thus, leaving the pedigree of a former champion absent from the division.
The other and last women’s bantamweight champion is Holly Holm. Holly is moving up to Cyborg weight. She will be fighting Germaine de Randamie for the featherweight title in February. That also means de Randamie is gone from the division. There could be more women who feel more comfortable at a weight 10 pounds heavier that will jump ship too. The number of women that may jump ship is unknown at this time.
It is Amanda Nunes’ division now and all of the women are looking to get a crack at the title. Cat Zingano has lost her last 2 fights, but her last win was a thrashing of Amanda Nunes. Then there’s Julianna Pena who seems more that overdue for a title shot, with her 4 wins in a row. She is scheduled for a #1 contender fight vs Valentina Shevchenko later this month. The names get more and more familiar in the division, when you really look at it. Most women have already fought each other once before.
Unless there are some fighters out there that we are unaware of, the top 10 women in the division are going to be fighting one another for a while. That is, if the UFC doesn’t pilfer the Invicta champion Tonya Evinger for themselves to help diversify the weight class a bit. By no means am I saying the talent pool is thin in the division. Rather, the AMOUNT of women in the division and championship experience has dwindled.