Punch Sport Pagoda Womens Strawweight Top 40 Rankings January 2014

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Australian native “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings, pictured here assimilating.

So, I decided to do a Women’s Strawweight Ranking, to compliment the Bantamweight Rankings I recently did, and also to try to turn my Internet-Asperger’s syndrome into the real thing. With the coming UFC division, I also figured it was rather timely, as the lion’s share of active Women’s MMA talent is now funneling itself into those two divisions.

Ranking Criteria: fighters must have been active within the last 15 months or have a match scheduled within the next 3 to be considered. All ranked fighters must have fought their last match at Strawweight. Several individuals have been inserted in non-ranked spots due to various circumstances. If things are a bit hazy after about #20 or so, I apologize in advance, as the talent pool isn’t terribly concentrated.

Hyperlinks on pictures to random things have been included where warranted.

Note: Amateur records are only listed for fighters with less than five professional fights.

Update: Livia Renata Souza’s last fight apparently was at Flyweight, which was true even before I made these ranking, and as such she has been removed.

1) Jessica “JAG” Aguilar (17-4) Champion
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’4″ | Team: American Top Team |

2) Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha (11-0)
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’3″ | Team: Nova Uniao |

3) Carla “The Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) Invicta FC Champion
| Last 5: L W W W W | Height: 5’1″ | Team: Team Oyama |

4) Joanne “Jojo” Calderwood (8-0)
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Dinky Ninjas |

5) Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (4-0) (7-0 amateur)
| Last 5: – W W W W | Height: 5’1″ | Team: American Top Team |

6) Ayaka Hamasaki (9-1) /
| Last 5: L W W W W | Height: 5’2″ | Team: Abe Ani Combat Club |

7) Mizuki Inoue (7-1) /
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’4″ | Team: Hakushinkai Karate |

8) Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpää (8-1-1)
| Last 5: W D W W L | Height: 5’4″ |Team: Team Botnia Punishment / Seinäjoki MMA |

9) Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig (9-5)
| Last 5: W W W W L | Height: 5’4″ | Team: Team Curran MMA |

10) “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings (5-3)
| Last 5: W W L W L | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Gamebred Submission Fighting |

Jessica Penne (11-2) (confirmed as trying out for TUF 20; non ranked as her last fight was at Atomweight)
| Last 5: W W W L W | Height: 5’5″ | Team: Team Reign / Kings MMA / Checkmat |

11) Alida Gray (4-1)
| Last 5: W W W W L | Height: 5’4″ | Team: Bushido MMA Academy |

12) “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi (11-6-1) free agent
| Last 5: L W L W L | Height: 5’0″ | Team: Wajutsu Keishukai GODS |

13) Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink (4-1)
| Last 5: W L W W W | Height: 5’8″ | Team: Team Next Edge / Gracie Tampa |

14) “Thug” Rose Namajunas (2-1) (4-0 amat.)
| Last 5: – – W W L | Height: 5’5″ | Team: Roufusport |

15) Aisling “Ais The Bash” Daly (14-5)
| Last 5: W L L L W | Height: 5’3″ | Team: Straight Blast Gym Ireland |

16) Lynn “Lights Out” Alvarez (6-3) ?
| Last 5: W W L L W | Height: 5’2″ | Team: Fight Capital / House of RYU |

17) Herica Tiburcio (7-2) free agent
| Last 5: W L L W W | Height: 4’11” | Team: Academia Inside Munil Adriano |

18) Brianna “The Bull” VanBuren (2-1) (4-0 amat.) free agent
| Last 5: – – W L W | Height: 4’11” | Team: American Kickboxing Academy |

19) Patricia “Little” Vidonic (9-7) free agent
| Last 5: L W L W L | Height: 5’2″ | Team: Team Vidonic |

20) Julianna “Ju Thai” de Lima Carneiro (6-1)
| Last 5: W W W L W | Height: 5’7″ | Team: Gracie Barra BH / Draculino Team |

21) “The Kamikaze Angel” Emi Fujino (13-7) /
| Last 5: W L W W L | Height: 5’3″ | Team: Wajutsu Keishukai GODS |

22) Kinberly Tanaka Novaes (7-2) free agent
| Last 5: W W W L W | Height: 5’3″ | Team: Sigma Gym |

23) Karolina Kowalkiewicz (4-0)
| Last 5: – W W W W | Height: 5’3″ | Team: Gracie Barra Lodz |

24) Paige “12-Gauge” VanZant (3-1) (amat. 1-0)
| Last 5: – W W L W | Height: 5’4″ | Team: Team Alpha Male |

Alex “Astro Girl” Chambers (4-1) (will be on TUF 20; non ranked as her last fight was at Atomweight)
| Last 5: W W L W W | Height: 5’3″ | Team: VT1 MMA Academy |

Livia Renata “Livinha” Souza (5-0) free agent
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: N/A | Team: Team Maximo Fight Matriz / Academia Inside Munil Adriano |

Note: Livia Renata Souza was originally ranked #25 before it was determined she currently fights at Flyweight (125 lbs./56.7 kg), even though Sherdog lists her at 115 lbs. I put her back in as a non-ranked fighter as a courtesy.

25) Heather Jo “Hurricane” Clark (6-4) free agent
| Last 5: L W L L W | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Syndicate MMA |

26) Amber “The Apex Predator” Stautzenberger (4-2) free agent
| Last 5: W W W W L | Height: 5’6″ |

27) Aline Sattelmayer (5-4) free agent
| Last 5: L W L W W | Height: 5’3″ |

28) Emily Kagan (3-1) (5-2 amat.)
| Last 5: – W W L W | Height: 5’3″ |

29) Karla Benitez (11-6, 1 NC)
| Last 5: W W L W L | Height: 5’6″ |

30) Camila “Calinha Pitbull” Lima (8-4) free agent
| Last 5: W W W L W | Height: 5’4″ |

31) Angela Magana (11-6)
| Last 5: W W W L L | Height: 5’4″ |

Justine Kish (4-0) (1-0 amat.)
| Last 5: – W W W W | Height: 5’5″ |

32) Norma Rueda Center (2-1) (4-0 amat.)
| Last 5: – – W W L | Height: 5’4″ |

33) Ashley “Smashley” Cummins (3-2)
| Last 5: W W W L L | Height: 5’3″ |

34) Sally “Clinically” Krumdiack (9-7) free agent
| Last 5: L W L L L | Height: 5’3″ |

35) Randa Markos-Thomas (3-1) (3-1 amat.)
| Last 5: – W W W L | Height: 5’5″ |

36) Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman (9-7) free agent
| Last 5: L L W W L | Height: 5’3″ |

37) Mylla Souza Torres (3-4) free agent
| Last 5: W L L W L | Height: 5’6″ |

38) Kailin Curran (2-0) (4-1, 1 NC amat.) free agent
| Last 5: – – – W W | Height: 5’3″ |

39) Emi Tomimatsu (6-7)
| Last 5: W L L L W | Height: 5’3″ |

40) Mika “Future Princess” Nagano (14-9)
| Last 5: W W W W L | Height: 5’3″ |

-Alex Chambers most recently fought at Atomweight, but has been inserted in a non-ranked position as she is confirmed as being on The Ultimate Fighter Season 20.

-Jessica Penne most recently fought at Atomweight, but has been inserted in a non-ranked position as she has confirmed to be trying out for The Ultimate Fighter Season 20.

-Justine Kish is inserted in a non-ranked position since she narrowly missed weight in what would have been her Strawweight debut, and thus has never successfully made Strawweight.

Punch Sport Pagoda Womens Bantamweight Top 40 Rankings January 2014

Guess which one was a moderator on a Pokemon forum! Hint: it’s not the social looking one.

So I came back and did another Women’s Bantamweight Ranking for reasons I am yet to understand, but possibly because this adderall won’t snort itself. I went with 40 this time to illustrate some of the increasing depth in this division, and also because not even FightMatrix is ranking 40 deep at Women’s Bantamweight right now.

Ranking Criteria: fighters must either have fought within the last 15 months or have a fight scheduled within the next 3. Fights on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, including the qualifying round, are included for ranking criteria. Things get a bit hazy after around #20 or so, so I apologize in advance, but it’s a lot harder to peg the pecking order for fighters in European and Brazilian indies than it is for fighters in the UFC.

Hyperlinks on pictures to random things have been included where warranted.

1) “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (8-0) Champion
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Glendale Fighting Club |

2) Cat “Alpha” Zingano (8-0)
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Zingano BJJ |

3) Sara McMann (7-0)
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’5″ | Team: Revolution Martial Arts |

4) Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (13-5)
| Last 5: W L W L L | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Victory Athletics |

5) Alexis “Chipmunk” Davis (15-5)
| Last 5: L W W W W | Height: 5’5″ | Team: Cesar Gracie Fight Team |

6) Jessica “Evil” Eye (10-1, 1 NC)
| Last 5: W W W W NC | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Strong Style Fight Team |

7) Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 1 NC)
| Last 5: W W L W NC | Height: 5’5″ | Team: Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts |

8) Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche (9-4)
| Last 5: W W L W L | Height: 5’6″ | Team: Team Hurricane Awesome |

9) Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes (9-3)
| Last 5: L W L W W | Height: 5’5″ | Team: Team MMA Masters |

10) Lauren Murphy (8-0) Champion
| Last 5: W W W W W | Height: 5’8″ | Team: Gracie Barra Katy / Gracie Barra Westchase |

11) Julianna “The Venezuelan Vixen” Pena (5-2)

12) Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-8)

13) Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (10-3)

14) Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger (12-6)

15) Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio (7-5)

16) “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holly Holm (6-0)

17) “The Queen of Mean” Miriam Nakamoto (2-1, 1 NC)

18) “Rocky” Raquel Pennington (4-3)

19) Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke (3-0, 1 NC)

20) Larissa Moreira Pacheco (9-0) free agent

21) “The Iron Lady” Germaine de Randamie (4-3)

22) Bethe “Pitbull” Correia (7-0)

23) Julie “Fireball” Kedzie (16-13) /retired

24) Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton (13-4) free agent

25) Jessica “Ragin” Rakoczy (1-4, 1 NC)

26) Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras (3-1)

27) Rin Nakai (15-0-1) /Japanese talent agency slave

28) Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad (4-0) free agent

29) Tara “Motherfucking” LaRosa (21-4) free agent?

Milana Dudieva (8-3) free agent

30) Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi (15-11)

31) Peggy “Daywalker” Morgan (2-1)

32) Revelina “Nana” Berto (3-1) free agent
(Bantamweight categorization based upon TUF 18 elimination match)

33) Kaitlin Young (7-8-1)

34) Carina “Barbie” Damm (15-10-1) free agent

35) Brenda “Boom Boom” Gonzales (4-1) free agent

36) Ana “India” Maria (5-4) free agent

37) Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau (4-3) free agent
(Bantamweight categorization based upon TUF 18 elimination match)

Juliana Werner (7-3)

Note: Juliana Werner was originally ranked #38 before I reclassified her as a Flyweight (125 lbs./56.7 kg), since her last several fights have taken place there, even if her next scheduled one against Holly Holm does not. She has been reinserted in a non-ranked position as a courtesy.

38) Irene “Robles” Aldana (3-1) free agent

39) Sheila “The German Tank” Gaff (10-6-1) free agent

40 Bethany Marshall (4-1) free agent
(Bantamweight categorization based upon TUF 18 elimination match)

-Julie Kedzie is ranked despite being retired as a courtesy since she was recently active.

-Milana Dudieva would be ranked if she had ever successfully made Bantamweight.

Nowhere Man


Real conversation that happened on IRC before I published this blog post:
[21:02] <@danfrederick> I need a clever title for a blog post about all the stuff that’s happened since Cruz last defended his belt
[21:05] <bobodenki> Cruz is rusty as fuck and hasn’t fought in 25 years
[21:07] <@danfrederick> anyone else?…
[21:26] <@danfrederick> bobodenki: using that, thanks
[21:26] <bobodenki> np

When Dominick Cruz last defended the UFC Bantamweight Title, he did so in my original hometown of Washington D.C. in the Verizon Center, on their final show on the Versus network. He beat Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and at the time had actually beat his top five ranked challengers, a feat that may be unequaled in MMA history. Dana White, in an utter dick move, decided that “spending time with his family” was more important than visiting what is so far been the only UFC show so far in my beloved D.C., and sent Reed Harris to conduct affairs of the press instead, but that’s okay. I’m not bitter or anything.

This was October 1st, 2011. The Bantamweight division, 10 months into its existence in the UFC, was still finding its footing, and the UFC’s favorite Bantamweight wasn’t holding the belt (for family members reading this blog, I’m referring to the blonde dude with the baseball cap on), but Cruz’s combination of supreme footwork and boxing combined with high-caliber MMA wrestling and an endless gas tank was starting to win him some fans, and his general marketability was starting to show. Things were looking quite well for Mr. Cruz, whose star was in ascendance. Furthermore he was about to coach the 15th edition of the UFC’s long-running reality show The Ultimate Fighter opposite his bitter rival, the aforementioned UFC’s favorite bantamweight Urijah Faber. The Cruz had his only lost against Faber, a loss he had later avenged, made the rivalry all the more intense. This was to culminate with Faber and Cruz having their decisive third fight, and their second with a title on the line, in a decisive rubber match. What’s more, it was to be a collision between the world’s two best Bantamweights.

This match, of course, never happened.

After a long period of staunchly supporting Cruz’s claim to retain the Bantamweight Title through myriad injuries while Renan Barao remained the defending Interim Champion, UFC President Dana White finally relented on a conference call yesterday that if Cruz isn’t able to return by early 2014 as he claims, the UFC was “going to have to make a decision.”

This would be long overdue. It’s not like they’ve never had an Interim Champion before, and it’s not like they’ve never had to strip someone of a title before due to injuries. Perhaps the Bantamweight Title isn’t as crucial as the Heavyweight one that was stripped from Frank Mir, and the UFC is content to put it on the back-burner, but it still makes their decision all the more mystifying. Perhaps Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao lacks the marketability of Cruz, Faber, or some of the other top contenders like Brad Pickett or Michael McDonald, but he’s hardly Jon Fitch when he gets in the ring, is undefeated under the Zuffa umbrella, and he sports an absolutely insane 30-fight win streak stretching back to the second fight of his career, all the way back in 2005.

As has been pointed out a number of times, that television network that Mr. Cruz last fought on doesn’t even exist anymore, but I don’t think that really illustrates just how much has happened since the last time he fought, so I thought I’d make a list. I could have added fluff like “major world events” or “musical trends that have come and gone” (unfortunately twerking still exists), but that would be cheating, so I decided to keep things strictly related to the UFC and the sort of schedule they’ve been keeping.

Things That Have Happened Since Dominick Cruz’s Last Fight

• His last opponent, Demetrious Johnson, has fought 5 times.
• His next scheduled next opponent, Urijah Faber, has also fought 5 times.
• The UFC Heavyweight Title has seen 4 title fights, with another one currently scheduled.
• The UFC Light-Heavyweight Title has seen 4 title fights, with another one scheduled.
• The UFC Middleweight Title has seen 3 title fights, with another one scheduled.
• The UFC Welterweight Title has seen 2 title fights despite a long-term injury to the Champion, with another one scheduled.
• Related to the above, an Interim Welterweight Champion was crowned in a title fight, and the belts have since been re-unified.
• There have been 6 Lightweight Title fights.
• There have been 4 Featherweight Title fights.
• An Interim Bantamweight Championship was decided and there have been 2 Interim Bantamweight Title Fights, with another one scheduled.
• The winner of that Interim Championship and Cruz’s replacement against Faber, has now fought 4 times total with a another one scheduled.
• There have been 3 lineal Women’s Bantamweight Title fights (2 in Strikeforce, 1 in the UFC), with another one scheduled.
• There was a Flyweight mini-tournament (no pun intended) to crown the first ever Flyweight Champion, and there have now been 3 Flyweight Title Fights (all won by the aforementioned Mighty Mouse).
• Per the above, the Women’s Bantamweight and Men’s Flyweight divisions didn’t even exist in the UFC when Mr. Cruz last fought. Ronda Rousey was some loudmouth upstart in an unheralded division in Strikeforce. Jon Jones was still really popular.
• The UFC left Spike TV and had their entire run on FX before transitioning to Fox Sports 1.
• There have been 3 full seasons of The Ultimate Fighter starting with the one Cruz coached, with another one starting last week. This does not include international versions of the show.
Renan Barao broke the record for longest reigning Interim Champion.
Georges St. Pierre set the record for the longest period of time between UFC title defenses in any division, at 567 days.
Dominick Cruz broke that record in April… and he has no return date scheduled.

A return early next year is just a estimate given by Cruz’s manager and means the best-case-scenario, which is the sort of timeline his camp has given and failed to meet at least twice now. Furthermore, January 1st will mark 27 months away from action.

Meanwhile, every belt in every division has had between three and six title fights of some kind while he’s been on the shelf. Even the demographics of the sport itself has seen changes, with the deepening talent pool in the lighter divisions where Cruz competes.

I get that Mr. Cruz has been a company man throughout, and that keeping a lineal title keeps the record books cleaner, but there’s a limit on what’s a reasonable time frame to wait for him that’s long since passed. Look at the comments section on any MMA site’s article about Dana White’s recent comments on the matter. Few people even consider Cruz the rightful Champion above Renan Barao anymore. Barao has been diligently doing his job and kept the Bantamweight division circulating. He’s the real Champion in spirit, and its time he became the Champion in Title as well.

Why the UFC Has Locked Themselves In Place

I swear, I tried to come up with a clever title for this one, but when I bounced the metaphorical title “When Your Ride to the Dance Cockblocks You” off a female friend, she told me to stop calling her at 3 AM, so I decided not to go with that one.

For those that follow MMA, we’ve long heard the Dana White’s pronouncements that they would be the biggest sport in the world within a decade. While taking promotional hyperbole for what it is, it was clear he wasn’t completely joking either, and at least meant it’d join the company of major international sports like basketball and soccer. There’s also no denying the UFC had explosive and tremendous growth from around 2006 to 2010, and respectable international growth after that.

With an international roster of stars, a near monopoly on MMA’s top talent, and brand recognition synonymous with the sport of Mixed Martial Arts itself, the UFC has lead MMA to become a very major second-tier sport, perhaps a bit below tennis.

Unfortunately, their domestic growth in North America has been relatively stagnant. Things haven’t exactly skyrocketed in major second-tier markets Japan and the U.K. either, but part of that has to do with a relative lack of successful local fighters. Only Brazil has emerged in the last two years as a new major market, but they were always a no-brainer given the insane amount of talent they produce.


West Hemisphere Best Hemisphere

Meanwhile the UFC bought out their biggest competitor in early 2011, folded them into their own roster in 2012, and snagged a lucrative deal with Fox that includes four show a year on the broadcast network to let people sample the product, on top of numerous free shows on FX (and third-tier network Fuel TV), which have now jumped over to Fox Sports 1.

The problem, for those still with me (I should make it clear this site is not the motherfucking Bleacher Report), is that for all the free shows they’ve rewarded their fans with, the UFC still adheres to a business model that relentlessly purges casual fans. Dave Meltzer made a very good case for it in a couple of recent articles for MMAFighting.com without saying it explicitly. On August 18th, UFC on Fox Sports 1 #1, an event on a channel that didn’t even exist the day before, attracted 1.8 million viewers and had a 1.4 coverage area rating (percentage of homes where the channel is available), just below the 1.5 that the UFC got for UFC on Fox 8 three weeks earlier. More than that, Fox Sports 1 actually won the night in the critical Adults 18-49 demographic, beating out the major networks in the process. That they managed to do the same thing on a network that didn’t even exist the day before is simply staggering, and speaks to the loyalty of hardcore fans. The problem is that that’s nearly all there is.


Dana White speaking Truth to Power

That would be great if they were pulling in NFL-like viewership numbers, or even half that amount, but they’re nowhere close. And they have only their own business-model to blame, the business model that’s made them upwards of $2 billion.

The UFC puts nearly all their biggest fights on PPV, and while having four annual events on Fox is a coup, Fox Sports 1 is a fledgling network, and Fox Sports 2, former Fuel TV, is a third-tier cable network at best, and the UFC continues to split main cards between four different outlets on an uneven schedule. Not only do you have to keep track of when a show is coming, you have to know the channel, and if it’s a PPV you have to either shell out $45-65, organize/attend a party to split the costs, go to your local sports bar (not everyone has this option), or track down an illegal internet stream. None of these options are particularly friendly to casual fans the way sitting down on a Sunday and figuring out which major broadcast network you NFL team is playing is on that week (with the time and channel also helpfully published in the Sunday paper sports section).

So with the US and Canada being the only countries willing to pay for PPVs in large numbers, all that’s left in those markets are the hardcore fans, the ones who are mostly in it for the long haul.

While they may still gradually expand their fanbase through their free Fox and FS1 shows, the current fanbase has become pickier and pickier about which PPVs they’re willing to plonk down $50+ for. While UFC 161 was undoubtedly a weak show by PPV standards, it was still headlined by Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, two former Light-Heavyweight champions and two arguable future Hall-of-Famers, with polarizing Heavyweight Roy Nelson in the semi-main, and fan favorite Pat Barry opening the card. The current estimates for that show are 135k-155k, the low-end estimate potentially making it the least bought show since the beginning of the current boom era in late 2005.

Even UFC 159 headlined Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones, two of the biggest draws in the company after an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter to help build up the match, underperformed at just 540,000 buys.

The PPV honeypot is diminishing now, and that trend doesn’t seem to be reversing.

While the UFC has been wise to diversify their revenue streams with the multi-platform Fox deal, and some lucrative international deals like their Brazilian television contract with Globo Esporte, North American PPV buys still account for over half their revenue. Even if Fox was willing to completely re-engineer their deal with the UFC for maximum exposure, they UFC would be losing a giant amount of money in the short term if they eliminated all or most PPVs. It’s a titanically expensive gamble. With trends being what they are though, they may eventually be forced to do this anyway.

The upside is that with the right restructured deal, this could lead the way to the truly promised land, with free events across the board and monthly stacked events on Fox that could help bring the UFC to a level of popularity and domestic mainstream credibility far beyond its current peak. This is the only possible end-game if the UFC wants to compete with the NFL, NBA, or Major League Baseball here in the U.S. They would surely take a hit in the interim, but once again, they’re already starting to feel the pinch of a more discriminating consumer base. UFC 161 is no outlier it seems. UFC 162, headlined by (then) MMA’s pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva, did decently at 550,000 buys, but UFC 163 did only 170,000-190,000 according to industry estimates.

I don’t know if the UFC can make up over $200,000,000 in lost annual revenue if they were to switch away from PPV entirely, but consider the way that Fox has been using them so far; to build up their fledgling sports networks. It’s not unthinkable that Rupert Murdoch might pay them more than just a solid cut of ad revenue to beat ESPN another 20+ times a year (although probably not in football season). They could see it as a mutually beneficial long-term arrangement.

Before I conclude this, should my mother ever happen upon this article, I would like to apologize for invoking Rupert Murdoch’s name without the protection of a crucifix and holy water. I’m just talking sports business here.

In the far more unlikelier event that Dana White should ever read this article, I know the idea of moving away from PPV with only a long-term business goal in mind is probably not an appealing risk. And if it is, I know you only own 9% of the UFC and your sway with the Fertitas (not to mention Fox) has a finite limit. But hey, you’re a gambling man, aren’t you?

Punch Sport Pagoda Womens Bantamweight Top 25 Rankings

So, yeah, I ranked Womens Bantamweight. For those of you who have stumbled upon this blog by drunken happenstance, Women’s MMA somehow became my expertise. Because God is ironic. While this isn’t a profiling or a a match preview or anything else that might give insight into these women and who are they as people, ranking people’s value as a human being is the next best thing, and not many people do Top 25s for any female division, so here we go.

For ranking criteria, women are categorized as Bantamweights if their next scheduled fight was at Bantamweight or, if they don’t have one, their last fight was at Bantamweight. Fighters also must have been active within the last 15 months, or have a fight scheduled in the next 3. I included The Ultimate Fighter 18 contestants since it’s now been made public who made it to the elimination round and it seems they all made weight.

1) Ronda Rousey (7-0) (UFC)

2) Cat Zingano (8-0) (UFC)

Recovering from surgery with drinking buddy Carla Esparza

3) Sara McMann (7-0) (UFC)

4) Liz Carmouche (9-3) (UFC)

5) Sarah Kaufman (16-2) (UFC)

6) Miesha Tate (13-4) (UFC)

7) Alexis Davis (14-5) (UFC)

8) Shayna Bazler (15-8) (TUF contestant)

9) Lauren Taylor (7-0) (Invicta)

10) Sarah D’Alelio (7-4) (Invicta)

11) Amanda Nunes (8-3) (UFC)

12) Rosi Sexton (13-3) (UFC)

13) Germaine de Randamie (4-2) (UFC)

14) Jessica Andrade (9-3) (UFC)

15) Holly Holm (4-0) (Legacy FC)

Pictured point-sparring with Jon Jones

16) Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC) (Invicta)
17) Julie Kedzie (16-12) (UFC)
18) Jessamyn Duke (2-0, 1 NC) (TUF contestant)
19) Tara Larosa (21-3) (TUF contestant)
20) Hitomi Akano (18-10) (Invicta/semi-retired)
21) Sheila Gaff (10-6-1) (free agent)
22) Rin Nakai (14-0-1) (Pancrase/Japanese talent agency slave)
23) Raquel Pennington (3-3) (TUF contestant)
24) Tonya Evinger (11-6) (TUF contestant)
25) Kaitlyn Young (7-8-1) (Invicta)

Honorable Mentions:
-Bethe Correia (6-0) (free agent)
-Valerie Letourneau (4-3) (TUF contestant)
-Brenda Gonzales (4-1) (free agent)
-Peggy Morgan (2-0) (TUF contestant)
-Sarah Moras (3-1) (TUF contestant)

Opening for Business

This blog, like so many great ideas, was the result of drunken group coercion and hollow promises that my endeavors to blog on Mixed Martial Arts would not be without support.

And now we’re all sober and I have a fucking blog.

At any rate, the UFC is putting on a bomb-ass card tomorrow, the latter of which I will be out of town for, in transit back to the East Coast from whence I came for family reasons. Sadly, I cannot blog about it, but there will be no shortage of criss-crossing analysis of all degrees of both thoughtful insight and professionalism, so I’d be doing no disservice not to cover it.

So, more to come. I am currently in the process of assembly a crack team of top notch writers who will contribute for free. Until such time as I or someone else has something to write about, I just be throwing up the occasion cat video. Like this one.