March Women’s UFC Pound-for-Pound Power Rankings
Another UFC pay-per-view card has come and gone. UFC 222 was an impressive card with some great matchups and even better fights. The night was capped by a featherweight title fight between UFC newcomer, Yana Kunitskaya, and current UFC women’s featherweight champion, Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Cyborg proved once again why she is one of the scariest fighters in all of MMA and put Kunitskaya away in the first round. Cyborg has been dominant inside the Octagon, more than any female fighter in the UFC. However, each female fighter has had breakthroughs and put on impressive performances in the cage. It’s time to look at some of those women and see where they fit in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound power rankings.
11. Tecia Torres – Strawweight (115 Pounds) (Honorable Mention)
“The Tiny Tornado” is coming off of a fairly close decision loss to former bantamweight fighter, Jessica Andrade. Besides that loss, the only other loss on Torres’ record is to the current champ, Rose Namajunas. Tecia is the former Invicta FC strawweight champion and has taken out some of the biggest names the division has to offer. Look for her to get her title shot shortly.
10. Nicco Montano – Flyweight Champion (125 Pounds)
Some may see this and ask, “Why is a UFC champion near the bottom of the list?” Well, that’s because Nicco has yet to defend her title since she won it back at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in December. Also, no one knows how she’ll fare against the top talent in the UFC since we only saw her compete against the other women of the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” She’s a question mark, but it’s exciting to see what all is possible for her in the future.
9. Claudia Gadelha – Strawweight (115 Pounds)
Gadelha has a total of three losses on her record, and two of those are to former strawweight queen, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. There’s power in her hands and black-belt level submissions in her arsenal. Claudia is slated for a match with a fellow top contender and former UFC strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, in April. Title implications are definitely on the line in this pivotal 115-pound scrap.
8. Raquel Pennington – Bantamweight (135 Pounds)
“Rocky” has been quietly and patiently working her way up the 135-pound rankings and it’s about to pay off. She is set to take on Amanda Nunes for the UFC bantamweight title on May 12. Pennington has an excellent shot at taking out the champ. She has crisp striking, strong wrestling, and the heart of a warrior.
7. Jessica Andrade – Strawweight (115 Pounds)
Since her loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, “Pitbull” has been on a tear. She has taken out top contenders Claudia Gadelha and Tecia Torres, respectively. Andrade used to fight at 135 pounds before her move to strawweight, and she kept every spec of that power she had at the heavier weight in her new weight class.
6. Holly Holm – Featherweight (145 Pounds)
Holly came up short in her last bout against the champion, Cris Cyborg. However, Holly is the only person in history to take Cyborg all five rounds in the cage. That is a remarkable feat for the former UFC bantamweight champion. Look for Holly to make another run at the gold soon.
5. Valentina Shevchenko – Flyweight (125 Pounds)
Valentina has been on an absolute rampage since her move to 125 pounds. In her previous fight against Priscilla Cachoeira, she landed more strikes than her opponent to the head 230 to 3. If that doesn’t say number one contender, I don’t know what does. Many call Valentina the best fighter without a title, and that seems like the proper description for “Bullet” Shevchenko.
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – Strawweight (115 Pounds)
Joanna gets her opportunity to exact revenge on the woman that kicked off her throne as the strawweight queen, Rose Namajunas, on April 7th at UFC 223. If Joanna wants her title back, she will have to be a lot more technical and cautious than she was in her first bout with “Thug” Rose. She just rushed in and got knocked out cold. Look for a better game plan from the former champ on April 7th.
3. Rose Namajunas – Strawweight Champion (115 Pounds)
“Thug” Rose gets to prove on April 7th that her first fight with Joanna was no fluke. They will fight again inside the octagon for the strawweight championship of the world. Rose will look to repeat history and go for another knockout of Joanna. Don’t sleep on this matchup come April 7th.
2. Amanda Nunes – Bantamweight Champion (135 Pounds)
Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Valentina Schevchenko are just a few of the names on the “Defeated” list for Amanda Nunes. Now, “The Lioness” looks to add Raquel Pennington to that list of names when they fight at UFC 224 on May 12th. After Raquel, Amanda is looking to get in the cage with a certain featherweight named “Cyborg.” It looks like Nunes is going to be busy for the next few months.
1. Cris Cyborg – Featherweight Champion (145 Pounds)
Can anyone stop this woman? “Cyborg” hasn’t lost a fight inside any cage since 2005. Let me repeat that: SINCE 2005! Also, every fight she’s been in, except for three, she’s won with a knockout or TKO. This is the scariest, most dominant, and most feared fighter in all of the MMA. Those two are Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson. After them, no names come to mind to beat her. She is a fantastic mixed martial artist and the number one pound-for-pound female fighter in the UFC.
That’ll do it for the March Women’s UFC Pound-For-Pound Power Rankings. What did you think of the list? Where would you rank these teams? Be sure to tell us about it in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.
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