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 Jan. 4.

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Amanda Nunes

1. Amanda Nunes
Record: 15-4
Next: TBD

Nunes remains the UFC's bantamweight champion, after a razor close decision against Valentina Shevchenko. Some will say she didn't deserve the scorecards that night, but that doesn't remove the belt around her waist. She's up to two title defenses.

Valentina Shevchenko

2. Valentina Shevchenko
Record: 14-3
Next: UFC Fight Night on Feb. 3, vs. Priscila Cachoeira

On the heels of her second career loss to Amanda Nunes, Shevchenko may be served best to drop to the UFC's new 125-pound flyweight division. She doesn't really need to for competitive reasons, but there's nowhere for her to go at the moment, having lost twice to the current champ.

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: TBD

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: 11-4
Next: TBD

Holm moved up in weight in December to challenge Cris 'Cyborg' Justino, and drew wide praise for doing so. Not only did she take the fight, she went five rounds with the dangerous Brazilian. It wasn't a bad night for Holm by any means, but she's now dropped four of her last five. Can she get any momentum back at 135 pounds?

7. Ketlen Vieira
Record: 9-0
Next: TBD

The Brazilian prospect scored the win of her career over Sara McMann in September, submitting the former Olympian in the second round. Just three fights into her UFC career, Vieira appears to now be on a fast track after defeating a former title challenger.

8. Sara McMann
Record: 11-4
Next: TBD

Oh boy. It's certainly not time to call curtains on the 36-year-old bantamweight, but an upset loss to Ketlen Vieira at UFC 215 is an enormous setback. This division is pretty open and McMann has the tools to defeat most of the other contenders here, but for someone who was knocking on the door of a second title shot, this loss hurts.

Ronda Rousey

9. 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

10. Tonya Evinger
Record: 19-6
Next: UFC Fight Night on Feb. 18, vs. Marion Reneau

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.