World Strawweight Rankings (Extended Edition)

The most stacked division by far on the women’s scene is the 115 pound weight-class. Since the UFC installed the division it has attracted much attention and has drawn talent from both 105 and 125. Due to this division being so deep expect more fighters competing outside of the UFC to be ranked in the future. For this reason I have decided to extend this month’s rankings to get fans better familiar with some of the lesser known fighters in a position to make some noise going forward.

Top Strawweights (106.1-116lbs):
1 Joanna Jędrzejczyk (13-0-0)
2 Claudia Gadelha (14-2-0)
3 Jéssica Andrade (16-5-0)
4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1-0)
5 Rose Namajunas (6-3-0)
6 Maryna Moroz (8-1-0)
7 Carla Esparza (11-4-0)
8 Jessica Aguilar (19-5-0)
9 Randa Markos (7-4-0)
10 Tecia Torres (8-1-0)

Debuting in the UFC at 6-0 Jedrzejczyk has kept her perfect record in tact over seven fights inside of the octagon, notching wins over three of the top 10 strawweights in the world. The undisputed queen of the weight-class will put her title on the line at UFC 211 on May 13th against fast rising challenger Jéssica Andrade. Namajunas picked up a solid win over Michelle Waterson but the victory did little for her standing in the division. Randa Markos started 2017 off with a bang bye picking up the biggest win of her career. A February decision victory over former UFC champion Carla Esparza.

Top Contenders:
11 Angela Hill (6-3-0)
12 Livia Renata Souza (10-1-0)
13 Joanne Calderwood (11-2-0)
14 Viviane Pereira (12-0-0)
15 Weili Zhang (11-1-0)
16 Justine Kish (6-0-0)
17 Michelle Waterson (14-5-0)
18 Felice Herrig (12-6-0)
19 Alexa Grasso (9-1-0)
20 Danielle Taylor (9-2-0)

Livia Renata Souza finds herself near the top of the contenders listing with an impressive first round stoppage of Ayaka Hamasaki in March. China’s Weili Zhang may be the most promising and active prospect on the WMMA scene. Since dropping her first professional fight she has gone 11-0 with 5 submission and 6 TKO victories to her name. Her most notable win was a historic one, becoming the first woman in 29 fights to stop Japanese star Emi Fujino. Danielle Taylor sneaks up the ranks by outpointing Jessica Penne in her last outing.

Extended Contenders:
21 Virna Jandiroba (11-0-0)
22 Mizuki Inoue (12-4-0)
23 Juliana Lima (9-3-0)
24 Paige Vanzant (7 -3-0)
25 Cortney Casey (6-4-0)
26 Cynthia Calvillo (5-0-0)
27 Jessica Penne (12-5-0)
28 Marina Rodriguez (7-0-0)
29 Angela Lee (7-0-0)
30 Kinberly Novaes (9-2-0)

Jandiroba picked up a solid win over former UFC fighter Ericka Almeida at Fight 2 Night 2. With an unbeaten 11-0 mark as a professional she may have punched her ticket to the big leagues with the win. Once considered to be among the elite at both 105 and 115 pounds Jessica Penne has dropped her last 3 bouts, 2 of which in brutal fashion. She could find herself outside of the listing due to movements within the division and may want to return to Atomweight at some point. Kinberly Novaes looks to move up from the #30 spot with a win at Pancrase later this month. She already holds a victory over UFC title challenger Jéssica Andrade.

Valerie Letourneau was removed from the 115 pound standings after being signed to Bellator. She will be returning to flyweight for the promotion.

Fights To Watch:
-#1 Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs #3 Jéssica Andrade UFC 211, May 13
-#8 Jessica Aguilar vs #25 Cortney Casey UFC 211, May 13
-#29 Angela Lee vs #33 Istela Nunes, ONE Championship, May 26
-#30 Kinberly Novaes vs #44 Syuri Kondo, Pancrase 287, May 28

Author: Kristopher Crawley

I am a blind martial artist who has covered the sport of mixed martial arts for around 10 years with a focus on the women's scene and global circuit. I have made several appearances on SiriusXM Radio and hosted an Internet radio show as Mac called FightNation Radio. I have had the pleasure of interviewing such fighters as former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus. Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and many other big names within the industry.

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