The Rankings: The Women’s Bantamweights: Oct 31, 2016

women's bantamweight rankings

The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Women’s Bantamweight Rankings. 

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Ricky Leone, and Ryan MacDonald.

 

*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings

(click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report)

 

The Women’s Bantamweight Rankings

 

1) (Last ranking: 4) Amanda Nunes – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion – 40 points – (out of a possible 40)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9: Amanda Nunes celebrates her victory over Miesha Tate during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Amanda Nunes celebrates her victory over Miesha Tate during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

            Record: 13-4
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 3-1 (W-Tate, W-Shevchenko, W-McMann, L-Zingano)
            Next Fight: vs #4 Ronda Rousey – UFC 207 – Dec 30th

The game of title belt hot potato in the UFC’s Women’s Bantamweight division continues.

 

2) (2) Miesha Tate – UFC – 35 points
            Record: 18-6
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-4 (L-Nunes, W-Holm, W-McMann, L-Rousey, L-Zingano, L-Rousey)
            Next Fight: vs #7 Raquel Pennington – UFC 205 – Nov 12th

Finally, Miesha Tate climbed to the top of the UFC women’s bantamweight mountain, only to fall off it immediately.

 

3) (3) Valentina Shevchenko – UFC – 30 points
            Record: 13-2
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (W-Holm, L-Nunes)
            Next Fight: TBA

The Bullet has shot up the rankings after dispatching former champ Holm.

 

4) (4) Ronda Rousey – UFC – 29 points
            Record: 12-1
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 4-1 (L-Holm, W-Zingano, W-McMann, W-Tate, W-Tate)
            Next Fight: vs #1 Amanda Nunes – UFC 207 – Dec 30th

Will Rowdy have gold around her waist again before the calendar turns to 2017?

 

5) (5) Holly Holm – UFC – 25 points
            Record: 10-2
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Shevchenko, L-Tate, W-Rousey, W-Pennington)
            Next Fight: TBA

Winless for 2016.

 

6) (6) Julianna Pena – UFC – 21 points         
            Record: 8-2
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Zingano)
            Next Fight: TBA

Is a title shot up next?

 

7) (7) Raquel Pennington – UFC – 11 points
            Record: 8-5
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 1-3 (L-Holm, L-Zingano)
            Next Fight: vs #2 Miesha Tate – UFC 205 – Nov 12th

Rocky keeps climbing up the ranks.

 

8) (7) Cat Zingano – UFC – 10 points

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Cat Zingano reacts to her loss to Ronda Rousey by submission after their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Cat Zingano reacts to her loss to Ronda Rousey by submission after their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

            Record: 9-2
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Pena, L-Rousey, W-Nunes, W-Tate)
            Next Fight: TBA

The Cat hasn’t won a fight in two years.

 

9) (9) Sara McMann – UFC – 9 points
            Record: 9-3
            Last Five Fights: 2-3
            Record vs Top 10: 1-3 (L-Nunes, L-Tate, L-Rousey, W-Evinger)
            Next Fight: TBA

Finally back on the winning track.

 

10) (10) Tonya Evinger – Invcita FC Women’s Bantamweight Champion – 8 points 
                Record: 19-5
                Last Five Fights: 5-0
                Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-McMann)
                Next Fight: vs Yana Kunitskaya – Invicta FC 20 – Nov 18th

Nine straight wins now for the Invicta champ.

 

Bubbling Under: Bethe Correia

 

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