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UFC Rankings: UFC WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT TOP 10 BREAKDOWN as of February 2014

Chris breaks down his top 10 in the UFC's women's bantamweight division

UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings as of February 2014

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With UFC 170 officially in the books, Ronda Rousey has shown us all why she is the queen of the UFC. Rousey turned in a quick night as she made referee Herb Dean stop the match at 1:06 of the first round, Rousey landed a vicious knee to the mid-section of McMann and as she went down she wasn't visibly protecting herself and that left the referee no option but to stop it. This is Rousey's first fight in which she wasn't won via armbar, proving that she might not just be a one trick pony after all. Rousey will soon enough no longer have to carry women's MMA in the UFC on her back anymore, as the UFC has announced the induction of a new women's weightclass, the strawweight division. This division will be at 115 pounds and to crown a champion the UFC will be making TUF20 nothing but women strawweights. The two coaches will be the newly signed Gilbert Melendez and the current lightweight champ Anthony "Showtime" Pettis. Ronda Rousey has proven that she is the best and until she meets another woman who is just as talented as she is, she will remain atop the women's bantamweight division.

 

UFC Rankings: UFC WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT TOP 10 BREAKDOWN as of February 2014

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Champion: Ronda Rousey (9-0)

9-0 in her MMA career and 3-0 in the UFC, Rousey has defended her title 3 times and has done so very impressively. Sara McMann was supposed to be the toughest test she has ever faced but she barely made it out of the first minute of the first round. Many believe that Cristian "Cyborg" has the best chance to defeat Rousey but I would have to disagree.

Fighting next: ?

Who she should fight next: Cat Zingano

 

#1: Cat Zingano (8-0)

8-0 in her MMA career and 1-0 in the UFC, Zingano was originally set to be one of the coaches of TUF 18 opposite of Ronda Rousey, but a knee injury had sidelined her and she was replaced by Miesha Tate. A month ago, Zingano's husband committed suicide, so it has been a rough year for her as she is dealing with all the turmoil. 

Fighting next: ?

Who she should fight next: Ronda Rousey

 

#2: Alexis Davis (16-5)

16-5 in her MMA career and 3-0 in the UFC, Davis has proven that she belongs in the top 3 and is very close to a title shot. Depending on Cat Zingano and how much time she needs, Davis might be the next to get a title shot but if she doesn't she's only one fight away from it.

Fighting next: ?

Who she should fight next: Rousey, Zingano, or the winner of Tate/Carmouche.

 

#3: Miesha Tate (13-5)

13-5 in her MMA career and 0-2 in the UFC, Tate hasn't had a great start in the UFC but mind you she has been facing the best of the best women in the octagon. Tate is set to face Carmouche in April and if she can gather a few wins she could possibly get back into title contention.

Fighting next: Liz Carmouche

Who she should fight next: Liz Carmouche

 

#4: Jessica Eye (10-2-1)

10-2-1 in her MMA career and 0-1-1 (NC) in the UFC, Eye's UFC record isn't indicative of what she is capable of in the women's bantamweight division. She's a very talented fighter and if she could work on her ground game a little more she could make some noise in the division and possible get a title shot of her own.

Fighting next: ?

Who she should fight next: Sara McMann

 

#5: Sarah Kaufman (16-2-1)

16-2-1 in her MMA career and in her UFC debut she originally lost a split decision to Jessica Eye but the Texas State Athletic Commission ruled it a No Contest after Eye tested positive for cannabanoids. Although two out of the three judges thought Eye won that fight, I believe Kaufman won and being one of the most experienced women bantamweights in the UFC, Kaufman has done enough outside the UFC to prove she should be in the top 5.

Fighting next: Shayna Baszler

Who she should fight next: Shayna Baszler

 

#6: Liz Carmouche (9-4)

9-4 in her MMA career and 1-2 in the UFC, Carmouche has proven that she is one of the toughest women in the UFC, her UFC debut was a title shot against Ronda Rousey and since than she finished Jessica Andrade and lost via decision to Alexis Davis in her last fight. 

Fighting next: Miesha Tate

 

#7: Sara McMann (7-1)

7-1 in her MMA career and 1-1 in the UFC, McMann started off the fight against Ronda Rousey pretty well using her boxing but as soon as Rousey had clinched with her against the fence, she had no answer for the knees and eventually got dropped by a big knee to the body. Although her last outing wasn't her best performance, her wrestling is outstanding and is still a threat to anyone in the women's bantamweight division who isn't named Ronda Rousey.

Fighting next: ?

Who she should fight next: Jessica Eye

 

#8: Amanda Nunes (9-3)

9-3 in her MMA career and 2-0 in the UFC, Nunes has looked very impressive in the UFC, finsihing both of her opponents in the first round with TKO stoppages, she is definitely a young and up and comer to look out for in the women's bantamweight division.

Fighting next: ?

Who she should fight next: Jessica Eye or Sara McMann

 

#9: Jessica Andrade (10-3)

10-3 in her MMA career and 1-1 in the UFC, Andrade had a tough UFC debut as she was finished by Liz Carmouche but she came back and put on a great performance in her next fight against Rosi Sexton. At the age of 22 she is still very young and has a lot to learn, if she can get through Pennington in her next fight, a top fiver could be next for her.

Fighting next: Raquel Pennington

Who she should fight next: Raquel Pennington

 

#10: Julianna Pena (5-2)

5-2 in her MMA career and 1-0 in the UFC, Pena was expected to be the next big thing in women's MMA before her devestating injury, which damaged her MCL, ACL, LCL and meniscus. The injury is going to take her out of 2014 and possibly all of 2015. Although she cracks the top ten it might be a while before we see her in action.

 

Fighting next: ?

Who she should fight next: ?

 

Future Top Tenners:

 

Shayna Baszler (15-8)

Jessamyn Duke (3-0-1)

Raquel Pennington (4-3)

Aleksandra Albu (1-0)

Sarah Moras (3-1)

 

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