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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.

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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.

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)