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ESPN's MMA divisional rankings: Women's bantamweight

Who is the world's best women's bantamweight fighter? My latest top 10 ranking is listed below, with Amanda Nunes leading the way at No. 1.

Who is the best fighter regardless of weight class? See ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings. Plus, check out our men's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through July 24.

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Amanda Nunes

1. Amanda Nunes
Record: 14-4
Next: UFC 215 on Sept. 9, vs. Valentina Shevchenko

A sensational performance at UFC 207 has Nunes on top of the world. She's wearing a belt that has proven difficult to hang on to, but based on this latest win -- over Ronda Rousey -- perhaps Nunes is the right woman for the job.


Valentina Shevchenko

2. Valentina Shevchenko
Record: 14-2
Next: UFC 215 on Sept. 9, vs. Amanda Nunes

Four months after suffering a loss to now-champion Amanda Nunes, Shevchenko earned the biggest win of her career by out-classing Holly Holm in Chicago. She followed that up with a submission win over Julianna Peña in 2017. This could be her year.


Julianna Pena

3. Julianna Pena
Record: 8-3
Next: TBD

Peña suffered her first UFC defeat in the form of a second-round armbar to Valentina Shevchenko. The Venezuelan Vixen is still two things: Young and talented. She's a bounce back candidate, for sure.


Raquel Pennington

4. Raquel Pennington
Record: 9-5
Next: TBD

Pennington has turned a corner by winning her last four bouts. The victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 205 finally got her some overdue attention. She'll be looking to turn that into a big fight.


Germaine de Randamie

5. Germaine de Randamie
Record: 7-3
Next: UFC Fight Night on Sept. 2, vs. Marion Reneau

De Randamie is the UFC's first women's featherweight champion, although it came under some controversy due to several late punches thrown in the fight against Holly Holm. Since that featherweight bout was, in some ways, a blown up bantamweight fight, she jumps up the rankings at 135 pounds for now.


Holly Holm

6. Holly Holm
Record: 18-7
Next: TBD

In a main event fight against Bethe Correia in Singapore, Holm unleashed a head kick knockout reminiscent of her infamous victory over Ronda Rousey in 2015. Holm is 4-3 in the UFC -- not an outstanding record, but she's been competitive in every loss.


7. Sara McMann
Record: 11-3
Next: TBD

McMann has come up short in her three biggest fights -- Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes -- but she has been quite good otherwise, particularly in this recent three-fight win streak. The former Olympic medalist wrestler seems to have found her groove. Now, will that translate to an elite win?


Ronda Rousey

8. Ronda Rousey
Record: 10-3
Next: TBD

A long-awaited return quickly turned into a nightmare, as Rousey lasted a mere 48 seconds against Amanda Nunes in December. This may be the end.


Tonya Evinger

9. Tonya Evinger
Record: 19-6
Next: TBD

Evinger did not come close to defeating Cyborg Justino at UFC 214, but that loss doesn't affect her standing at 135 pounds. She'll remain in the UFC, where she wants to be, and look to make waves in her natural weight class.


Cat Zingano

10. Cat Zingano
Record: 9-2
Next: TBD

Zingano lost to Julianna Pena in a comeback fight at UFC 200, but hopefully that won't send her away from the sport for long. She took a long break in 2015 after a lightning quick loss to Ronda Rousey in February. Despite a disappointing result in her return, Zingano still has a plenty of promise.