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Top 10 MMA UFC Women’s Strawweight Rankings

Updating the MMA UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings after Weili Zhang successfully defended the UFC Strawweight Title over Xiaonan Yan

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By admin | May 5, 2024

At UFC 300, Weili Zhang defended her title once again to stay on the top of the strawweight division, and Jessica Andrade moved up in the rankings with an impressive win over Marina Rodriguez so here’s a look at our updated rankings for women’s Strawweight division. 

But first, let’s take a look at some honorable mentions.

Honorable Mention

  • Tabatha Ricci
  • Angela Hill
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Michelle Waterson-Gomez

Top 10 MMA UFC Women’s Strawweight Rankings

10. Mackenzie Dern

Promotion: UFC

Mackenzie Dern is an American MMA fighter and elite jiu-jitsu black belt. She has a professional MMA record of 13 wins and 5 losses. 

Dern won gold in the ADCC World Championships in 2015, and She won two Jiu-jitsu world championship gold medals both in gi and no-gi. She has won dozens of other Jiu-Jitsu championships as well. In the UFC, she has notable wins over Nina Nunes, Angela Hill, and Tecia Torres.

In her most recent fight, she lost to Amanda Lemos, and her next fight has not been announced yet.

9. Stamp Fairtex

Promotion: UFC

Title: ONE FC Atomweight Champion

At number 9, we have Stamp Fairtex, a Thai MMA fighter and former Kickboxer with an MMA record of 11 wins and 2 losses. 

She is the current and two-time One Atomweight(115 lbs) world champion. She also won the One Atomweight World Grand Prix tournament and has multiple impressive wins over high-level fighters on her resume. 

In her most recent fight, she defeated South Korean fighter Ham Seo-hee via TKO, and her next fight has not been announced yet.

8. Luana Pinheiro

Promotion: UFC

Fighting out of Brazil, Luana Pinheiro is a professional MMA fighter with a record of 11 wins and 2 losses. 

She got into the UFC after knocking out Stephanie Frausto in the Dana White Contender Series, and won three fights in the UFC, with Notable wins over Sam Hughes, and Michelle Waterson-Gomez. In her most recent fight, she lost to Amanda Ribas, and her next fight has not been announced yet.

7. Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC

Marina Rodriguez is an MMA fighter from Brazil, and she has a professional record of 16 wins, 4 losses, and 2 draws.

She has notable wins over Jessica Aguilar, Tecia Torres, Amanda Ribas, Michelle Waterson, Makenzie Dern, and Yan Xiaonan. In her most recent fight, she lost to Jéssica Andrade via split decision, and her next fight has not been announced yet.

6. Virna Jandiroba

Promotion: UFC

At number 6, we have Virna Jandiroba from Brazil, and she has a professional record of 20 wins and 3 losses.

Jandiroba is the former Invicta FC Strawweight champion, and is currently on a three fight winning streak in the UFC, with wins over Angela Hill, Marina Rodriguez. and Loopy Godinez. She also has notable wins over Felice Herrig and Kanako Murata.

Her next fight has not been announced yet

5. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC

Jessica Andrade is a professional MMA fighter from Brazil, and she has a record of 26 wins and 12 losses. 

Andrade is the former UFC strawweight champion, and she also challenged Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC flyweight title but could not win. She has many impressive wins over fighters like Angela Hill, Tecia Torres, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Amanda Lemos, and former champion Rose Namajunas. 

She has won her last two fights, defeating Marina Rodriguez via split decision in her most recent outing at UFC 300. As of now, there is no official announcement about her next fight.

4. Amanda Lemos

Promotion: UFC

Next up, we have Amand Lemos, another fighter from Brazil, and she has a record of 14 wins and 3 losses, with 1 draw.  

Lemos is a former title challenger and she has notable wins over fighters like Angela Hill, Michelle Waterson, and Marina Rodriguez. At UFC 292, she fought Zhang Weili for the UFC women’s Strawweight world championship, but could not win, losing the fight via Unanimous Decision.

In her most recent fight, she got back into the win column with a Unanimous decision victory over Mackenzie Dern. There is no official announcement about her next fight as of now.

3. Xiaonan Yan

Promotion: UFC

Coming in at number 3, we have Yan Xiaonan from China. Yan has a record of 17 wins, 4 losses, and 1 no-contest. 

Yan Xiaonan has notable victories over Angela Hill, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Cláudia Gadelha, and Mackenzie Dern. At UFC 288,  she defeated Jéssica Andrade via TKO, which earned her a title shot against Weili Zhang. 

She gave a great performance, even knocking down Zhang three times, but could not deal with Zhang’s constant pressure, and ground game. She lost the fight, and as of now, there is no official announcement about her next fight.

2. Tatiana Suarez

Promotion: UFC

Tatiana Suarez is an American professional MMA fighter, with a record of 10 wins and 0 losses. 

She won the Ultimate Fighter 23 Strawweight Tournament and is a two-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion as well. Suarez came back to the octagon last year after a long layoff due to a shoulder injury and has won two straight fights. She has notable wins over Alexa Grasso, Carla Esparza. Nina Nunes, and Montana De La Rosa. 

In her most recent fight, she defeated Jéssica Andrade via Submission, and there is no announcement about her next fight as of now.

1. Weili Zhang

Promotion: UFC

Title: UFC Strawweight Champion

At number one, we have Weili Zhang,  a professional MMA fighter from China, and the current UFC Strawweight world champion

She has a record of 25 wins and 3 losses, and has won the UFC strawweight title twice, with a total of three title defenses on her resume.  She has multiple impressive wins in the division, over fighters like Jessica Andrade, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, and Carla Esparza.

In her most recent fight, she defended her title against fellow Chinese fighter Yan Xiaonan, winning the fight via Unanimous Decision. The fight was very exciting, with Zhang nearly finishing  Xiaonan in the first two rounds, and Xiaonan coming back with three knockdowns. Ultimately, Zhang’s control time, ground and pound, and close submission attempts got her the win.

Where do you rank these Contenders and Champion? Rank below to be added in the MMA Strawweight Rankings 

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