Climbing the Ranks and Defending Titles

From dominant champions defending their titles with ferocity to rising contenders making waves, the women's divisions in the UFC have become a hotbed of fierce competition and monumental moments. In this exploration of the UFC women's rankings, we'll dissect the standings across various weight classes, providing insights into the athletes who have climbed the ranks, defended their titles, and reigned supreme.

Data table that displays all of the Women's UFC Weight Classes and each corresponding weight in both pounds and kilograms.
The Women's UFC Weight Division rankings are constantly shifting.

From Strawweight to Flyweight, the rankings serve as a barometer for the current state of women's MMA excellence.

Join us as we navigate the intricacies of each division, highlighting some of the key stories, triumphs, and challenges that define the captivating careers of these extraordinary mixed martial arts fighters!

Top 15 Strawweight Rankings

These fierce athletes, competing at 115 pounds (52.2 kg), display extraordinary skill and indomitable spirit.

Current Strawweight Champion - Zhang Weili

  1. Tatiana Suarez
  2. Yan Xiaonan
  3. Amanda Lemos
  4. Jéssica Andrade
  5. Virna Jandiroba
  6. Marina Rodriquez
  7. Mackenzie Dern
  8. Amanda Ribas
  9. Luana Pinheiro
  10. Loopy Godinez
  11. Tabatha Ricci
  12. Angela Hill
  13. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  14. Michelle Waterson-Gomez
  15. Gillian Robertson

Current Strawweight Champion - Zhang Weili

Zhang Weili, the dangerous UFC Women's Strawweight champion, has etched her name in MMA history. Hailing from China, Weili fights with an extremely dynamic skill set that leverages the best of striking and grappling.

Weili's MMA career includes a memorable title victory, and multiple title defenses since becoming Champion. At UFC 300, Weili defended her title against Yan Xiaonan after Weili won the bout via unanimous decision.

You can follow her journey on Instagram @zhangweilimma.

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#1 Strawweight - Tatiana Suarez

Tatiana Suarez possesses an elite grappling pedigree, having been an Olympic wrestling hopeful. With an undefeated record, Suarez combines relentless takedowns with ground control, making her a bold presence.

Her tenacious style and unblemished record of 10 wins 0 losses position her as a promising title contender in the Strawweight division.

#2 Strawweight - Yan Xiaonan

Yan Xiaonan brings a versatile martial arts skill set and an impressive striking game to the octagon. Born in China and fighting for Team Alpha Male, Yan has made waves with her dominant performances, showcasing a blend of athleticism and precision. Xiaonan lost her most recent bout at UFC 300 after going 5 rounds with Strawweight Champion, Zhang Weili.

#3 Strawweight - Amanda Lemos

Amanda Lemos, a powerful contender in the UFC Women's Strawweight division, has made a significant impact with her knockout prowess. Hailing from Brazil, Lemos has demonstrated devastating striking skills, earning her a reputation as a dynamic force. Her performances showcase a potent blend of power and precision.

#4 Strawweight - Jéssica Andrade

Former UFC Women's Strawweight champion Jéssica Andrade, is known for her relentless aggression and knockout power. Hailing from Brazil, "Bate Estaca" (translated as Piledriver) has fought the best of the best, becoming a dominant force in the division.

Her tenacity and exciting fighting style make her a continuous fan favorite. In April 2024, Andrade defeated Marina Rodriguez at UFC 300 and was declared the winner by split decision.

#5 Strawweight - Virna Jandiroba

Virna Jandiroba, a Brazilian powerhouse, holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Recognized for her submission prowess and tenacious ground game, Jandiroba has showcased her skills with notable victories. She possesses a combination of grappling expertise and striking that make her a compelling force in the division.

#6 Strawweight - Marina Rodriguez

Marina Rodriguez is a skilled fighter who had the opportunity to face off against long time UFC veteran, Jéssica Andrade at UFC 300. Rodriguez's impressive performance and ability to control distance made for an exciting matchup.

Although the judges did not rule the fight in Rodriguez's favor, her dynamic style and versatility continue to contribute to the excitement of the Women's Strawweight division.

#7 Strawweight - Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie Dern brings world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the Octagon. The submission specialist from Brazil has transitioned seamlessly to MMA, showcasing her ground skills with numerous submission victories. Dern's constant evolution adds layers to her arsenal, as she competes in the Strawweight ranks.

#8 Strawweight - Amanda Ribas

Amanda Ribas, a Brazilian talent in the UFC, combines striking and grappling with finesse. Known for her infectious personality outside the Octagon, Ribas displays a dynamic skill set inside it. With a balanced approach, she has secured notable victories, making her a clear fan favorite in the Strawweight class.

#9 Strawweight - Luana Pinheiro

Luana Pinheiro showcases a well-rounded skill set. Pinheiro has demonstrated her striking prowess and ground game, making an impact with her performances. Her athleticism and versatility position her as an exciting talent to watch in the competitive Strawweight division.

#10 Strawweight - Loopy Godinez

Loopy Godinez holds the #10 spot in the Women's UFC Bantamweight division. Godinez has a professional record of 12 wins and 3 losses after defeating Tabatha Ricci at UFC 295 in 2023. The Mexican-born fighter has demonstrated unstoppable determination and a commitment to constantly improve.

Top 15 Flyweight Rankings

The women's Flyweight division offers thrilling competition at 125 pounds (56.7 kg), boasting exceptional athletes who have battled and ascended through the ranks in pursuit of the coveted Flyweight title.

Current Flyweight Champion - Alexa Grasso

  1. Valentina Shevchenko
  2. Manon Firorot
  3. Erin Blanchfield
  4. Maycee Barber
  5. Jéssica Andrade
  6. Rose Namajunas
  7. Katlyn Cerminara
  8. Natalia Silva
  9. Amanda Ribas
  10. Viviane Araújo
  11. Tracy Cortez
  12. Ariane Lipski
  13. Karine Silva
  14. Casey O'Neill
  15. Miranda Maverick

Current Flyweight Champion - Alexa Grasso

Alexa Grasso, the UFC Women's Flyweight champion, stands out for her crisp striking and technical prowess. Mexican fighter Alexa Grasso has evolved into a dynamic force in the Flyweight division.

Her combination of speed, precision, and well-rounded skills has solidified her status as a dominant presence and titleholder in the UFC. Stay up to date with her progress on Instagram @alexa_grasso.

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#1 Flyweight - Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko was born in Kyrgyzstan and has a very diverse skill set, blending striking and grappling to win fights. Her technical brilliance, athleticism, and strategic approach make her one of the most accomplished and feared fighters in the Women's Flyweight division.

#2 Flyweight - Manon Fiorot

Manon Fiorot brings dynamic striking and impressive athleticism to the Octagon. Hailing from France, Fiorot has garnered attention with her knockout power and well-rounded skills. Her exciting style and ability to finish fights make her a promising prospect in the Flyweight division.

At UFC on ESPN: Blanchfield vs. Fiorot, Fiorot defeated Erin Blanchfield, winning by unanimous decision. Fiorot has a current professional record of 12 wins and 1 loss.

#3 Flyweight - Erin Blanchfield

Erin Blanchfield also showcases a versatile skill set. Known for her grappling acumen, the American fighter has impressed with a combination of submissions and striking. Blanchfield's performances over UFC veterans like Jéssica Andrade as a rising star in the competitive landscape of the flyweight division.

In March 2024, Blanchfield lost to Manon Fiorot after going the distance. Blanchfield's next opponent has not been decided.

#4 Flyweight - Maycee Barber

Maycee Barber is most well known for her aggressive fighting style and finishing ability. Barber won her latest bout at UFC 299 against fellow Top 10 contender, Katlyn Cerminara by unanimous decision.

Barber's striking skills and determination continue to make her an exciting fighter to watch, as she competes in the Flyweight division.

#5 Flyweight - Jéssica Andrade

Ranked in two separate divisions (Flyweight and Strawweight), Jéssica Andrade has ventured into the Flyweight division with tenacity. Andrade's move to Flyweight adds an exciting dynamic, making her a notable force in the evolving ranks of the division.

#6 Flyweight - Rose Namajunas

Rose Namajunas won her most recent fight against Amanda Ribas at UFC on ESPN: Ribas vs. Namajunas. This victory placed her back in the Women's rankings after losing two of her last three bouts.

Namajunas has a current professional record of 12 wins and 6 losses.

#7 Flyweight - Katlyn Cerminara

Katlyn "Blonde Fighter" Cerminara has a current professional record of 18 wins and 6 losses. At a young age, Cerminara started training in martial arts.

Although Cerminara lost her most recent bout against Maycee Barber at UFC 299, "Blonde Fighter" is sure to be back and ready to compete.

#8 Flyweight - Natalia Silva

Natalia Silva, a rising presence in the UFC Women's Flyweight division, has a diverse (and effective) skillset. At UFC 292, Silva won her most recent bout against Andrea Lee via unanimous decision. Silva's UFC career is still fairly new and promises an exciting journey as Top 10 contender.

#9 Flyweight - Amanda Ribas

Amanda Ribas is a fan favorite in the UFC Women's Flyweight division, bringing her own unique combination of charisma and skill. With a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Ribas has a style that blends technical striking and grappling.

Her engaging personality, coupled with exciting performances have molded Ribas into a promising and entertaining contender.

#10 Flyweight - Viviane Araújo

Viviane Araújo is is a skilled Brazilian fighter and the #10 ranked Women's Bantamweight. Araújo has a well-rounded skill set. Known for her striking prowess and grappling finesse, Araújo's performances highlight her versatility.

Her dynamic style and ability to adapt in the Octagon make her a powerful presence in the competitive division.

Top 15 Bantamweight Rankings

Current Bantamweight Champion - Raquel Pennington

  1. Julianna Peña
  2. Ketlen Vieira
  3. Mayra Bueno Silva
  4. Kayla Harrison
  5. Irene Aldana
  6. Holly Holm
  7. Macy Chiasson
  8. Miesha Tate
  9. Karol Rosa
  10. Norma Dumont
  11. Pannie Kianzad
  12. Yana Santos
  13. Julia Avila
  14. Chelsea Chandler
  15. Germaine De Randamie

Current Bantamweight Champion - Raquel Pennington

Raquel Pennington is an American mixed martial artist in the UFC Women's Bantamweight division. Recognized for her tenacity and well-rounded skills, Pennington has proven her resilience during challenging bouts.

At UFC 297, Pennington defeated Mayra Bueno Silva after fighting for 5 rounds to become the new Women's Bantamweight Champion. Follow Pennington's Bantamweight reign on Instagram @raquel_pennington.

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#1 Bantamweight - Julianna Peña

Julianna Peña is an American mixed martial artist competing in the UFC Women's Bantamweight division. Known as "The Venezuelan Vixen", Peña holds an impressive record with notable victories. Her aggressive fighting style and grappling prowess make her a formidable force in the highly competitive women's bantamweight category.

#2 Bantamweight - Ketlen Vieira

Brazilian mixed martial artist, Ketlen "Fenomeno" Vieira, won her last fight against Pannie Kianzad at UFC Fight Night: Aspinall vs. Tybura in July 2023. Her victory after their bout was ruled in favor of Fenomeno by unanimous decision.

#3 Bantamweight - Mayra Bueno Silva

Mayra Bueno Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist competing in the UFC Women's Bantamweight division. Known for her dynamic striking and submission skills, Silva has swiftly made an impact. Her aggressive approach and evolving techniques mark her as a promising presence in the competitive bantamweight roster.

#4 Bantamweight - Kayla Harrison

Former Olympic Judoka and training partner of Ronda Rousey, Kayla Harrison made her UFC debut at UFC 300 in April 2024 where Harrison faced off against Holly Holm.

After nearly two rounds of MMA action, Harrison submitted Holm with an inescapable rear-naked choke. This victory skyrocketed Harrison into the Women's Bantamweight Top 10 rankings.

#5 Bantamweight - Irene Aldana

Irene Aldana is a Mexican mixed martial artist competing in the UFC Women's Bantamweight division. Recognized for her technical prowess and striking finesse, Aldana has showcased her skills in compelling matchups. Her disciplined approach and evolving game make her a noteworthy presence in the bantamweight division.

#6 Bantamweight - Holly Holm

Holly Holm is an American mixed martial artist known for her elite boxing background as a multiple-time world boxing champion. Holm initially gained fame for defeating Ronda Rousey in a historic KO upset.

Holm fought Kayla Harrison at UFC 300 and lost after tapping to a rear-naked choke. Although she lost her most recent bout, Holm remains a seasoned and accomplished Women's Bantamweight.

#7 Bantamweight - Macy Chiasson

Macy Chiasson, the #10 ranked Women's UFC Bantamweight, brings an aggressive style and impressive athleticism into the Octagon. The New Orleans native was featured on Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter and has a professional fight record of 8 wins and 3 losses.

#8 Bantamweight - Miesha Tate

After her recent return to the Bantamweight Division, Miesha Tate was awarded Performance of the Night for her victory over Julia Avila at UFC on ESPN: Dariush vs. Tsarukyan. An American fighter known for her tenacity, Tate achieved fame as a former Bantamweight champion. Tate's enduring spirit and versatile skills continue to make her a captivating fighter, significantly contributing to the evolution of women's MMA.

#9 Bantamweight - Karol Rosa

Karol Rosa is a Brazilian powerhouse with precision striking and a dynamic style that make her a tough competitor. Rosa's flair inside the octagon, paired with her relentless spirit, making nearly every fight a thrilling display of skill and tenacity.

#10 Bantamweight - Norma Dumont

Norma Dumont is on a 4-fight win streak after defeating Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night: Allen vs. Curtis 2 in April 2024. Dumont currently has a professional record of 11 wins and 2 losses. (One of which came by split decision against fellow Bantamweight, Macy Chiasson.)

The Evolving World of Women's Mixed Martial Arts

We've explored the diverse and dynamic world of women's mixed martial arts. From the dominant champions holding their crowns with authority to the rising stars who continue to make waves, each fighter has contributed to the evolving narrative of excellence in the Octagon.

The rankings reflect not only the current standings but also the grit, determination, and skill that define these remarkable athletes. Whether it's the technical brilliance of seasoned contenders, the explosiveness of emerging talents, or the strategic prowess displayed by each fighter, the women's divisions in the UFC are a testament to the growth and depth of women's MMA.

Valentina Shevchenko wearing a black UFC hoodie in 2016.
Valentina Shevchenko in 2016. Image is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

As fans, we're privileged to witness the evolution of these athletes, witnessing their journeys as they navigate the challenges and triumphs of professional fighting. Each name in the Top 15 represents a story—a narrative of perseverance, dedication, and a commitment to excellence.

In the ever-evolving hierarchy of mixed martial arts, the Top 15 Women's UFC Rankings serve as a snapshot of the current talent pool. Yet, it's essential to recognize that these rankings are fluid, subject to change as new contenders emerge and existing champions face new challenges.

The world of women's MMA continues to captivate audiences worldwide, promising even more excitement and memorable moments in the future.