MCGRATH: Ranking the top ten female bantamweights in MMA

By David McGrath, MMATORCH contributor

Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA;Yana Kunitskaya (blue gloves) celebrates beating Lina Lansberg (red gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

1. Amanda Nunes (UFC Champion)

Nunes is the greatest Bantamweight of all time, the champion has had a dominant run of defeating Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko twice, Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey all in a row. Pretty good huh?

2. Ketlen Vieira

Vieira should be up next. She has an undefeated record with wins over Cat Zangano and Sara McMann to name two. Vieira has earned a title shot in a thin division.

3. Germaine de Randamie

De Randamie is a veteran who has had two really interesting wins against Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm. Maybe Aspen Ladd is next? I’d buy it.

4. Aspen Ladd

Unfortunately, Ladd’s fight with Holly Holm scheduled for UFC 235 is off. I would love to see Ladd booked against our #3 De Randamie.

5. Raquel Pennington

Pennington nearly took Amanda Nunes to the final bell in their PPV matchup last year, something that Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey can’t say. “Rocky” is a veteran and an exciting fighter to watch.

6. Marion Reneau

Reneau is coming off a tough loss to Cat Zingano. I’m looking for her to bounce back well against Yana Kunitskaya. With an impressive win, she can vault back up the rankings.

7. Sarah Kaufman

I’m always looking to give Invicta FC fighters some love. Kauffman is on an impressive three-fight winning streak, with her last loss coming to Valentina Schevchenko the current UFC flyweight champion.

8. Sarah McMann

Mcmann, coming off two losses is at the crossroads of her career. She plans to return later this year after giving birth to her second child in December. She’ll need a win to remain ranked.

9. Yana Kunitskaya

Kunitskaya will vault up the rankings if she can get a victory over our #6 bantamweight Marion Renau on March 9 on ESPN.


10. Tanya Evinger

Evinger ripped off a few victories before running into Cris Cyborg and Aspen Ladd recently. Let’s see if Evinger takes a top ten fight in 2019. Even after coming off of two losses, she’s still top ten worthy.

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