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ESPN's women's pound-for-pound rankings

Who is the world's best women's mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 ranking is listed below.

In addition, here is my men's pound-for-pound ranking.

Note: Results through July 10.

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Cris Justino

1. Cris Justino
Record: 17-1
Div.: Featherweight (Invicta FC/UFC)
Last: W (TKO2) Lina Lansberg, Sept. 24, 2016
Next: UFC 214 on July 29, vs. Tonya Evinger

Justino is 2-0 in the UFC, to no one's surprise, and finally has a featherweight division to call her own. She's expected to dominate the UFC's 145-pound weight class for a long time. No pressure.


Joanna Jedrzejczyk

2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Record: 14-0
Div.: Strawweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Jessica Andrade, May 13, 2017
Next: TBD

If you consider Jedrzejczyk to be the best female fighter in the world, we certainly won't argue with you. That title comes down to two names and two names only: Jedrzejczyk and Justino. Whether you have Jedrzejczyk at No. 1 or No. 2, the overall point is the same. This woman is the cream of the crop and as close to unbeatable as they come.


Amanda Nunes

3. Amanda Nunes
Record: 14-4
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO1) Ronda Rousey, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: TBD

In a matter of six months, Nunes dispatched two of the biggest stars in women's MMA -- Miesha Tate and Rousey -- and she did so in a matter of two rounds combined. Nunes is a finisher and a ferocious bantamweight champ.


Claudia Gadelha

4. Claudia Gadelha
Record: 15-2
Div.: Strawweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub1) Karolina Kowalkiewicz, June 3, 2017
Next: TBD

Gadelha has come up short twice to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but her spotless win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz in June was a reminder of just how talented this Brazilian is. She says she has no plans of fighting in another weight class, that strawweight is her home.


Valentina Shevchenko

5. Valentina Shevchenko
Record: 14-2
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub2) Julianna Pena, Jan. 28, 2017
Next: TBD

Shevchenko lost to Amanda Nunes in March 2016 but has quickly set up a rematch against the current champ by defeating Holly Holm and Julianna Pena. She'll be a live challenger in that fight, and let's not forget she's undersized for this division.


Jessica Andrade

6. Jessica Andrade
Record: 16-6
Div.: Strawweight (UFC)
Last: L (UD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, May 13, 2017
Next: TBD

Andrade didn't dethrone Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211, but she put up a more than respectable effort and got her money's worth against the champ in the fifth round. She'll fight for a UFC title again someday. Guaranteed.


Raquel Pennington

7. Raquel Pennington
Record: 9-5
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Miesha Tate, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: TBD

Pennington has flown under the radar in the UFC's 135-pound division, and she's scheduled to miss a good chunk of 2017 for shoulder surgery. But her only losses in the UFC have been razor-thin decisions to Jessica Andrade and Holly Holm. She's on the cusp of breaking through to a title shot.


Karolina Kowalkiewicz

8. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Record: 10-2
Div.: Strawweight (UFC)
Last: L (Sub1) Claudia Gadelha, June 3, 2017
Next: TBD

Kowalkiewicz's return from a decision loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in November turned into a disaster, as she was submitted in just three minutes by Claudia Gadelha in Brazil. No need to write her off after this second setback, but it was definitely not the performance she had envisioned.


Germaine de Randamie

9. Germaine de Randamie
Record: 7-3
Div.: Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD5) Holly Holm, Feb. 11, 2017
Next: TBD

De Randamie remains in the top 10 pound-for-pound rankings, despite being stripped of her UFC featherweight title. She says she's headed back to bantamweight, after refusing to face Cris Justino. And her image is in need of rebuilding.


Rose Namajunas

10. Rose NamajunasRecord: 6-3
Div.: Strawweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub2) Michelle Waterson, April 15, 2017
Next: TBD

Namajunas has been on a fast track ever since her professional debut. At the age of just 24, she's knocking on the door of her second UFC strawweight title shot after an absolute dismantling of former Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson.