Who is the world's best women's strawweight fighter? My latest top 10 ranking is listed below, with UFC champion Rose Namajunas at No. 1.
Note: Results through January 23, 2018.
1. Rose Namajunas
• Record: 7-3
• Next: UFC 223 on April 7, vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Namajunas has only had 10 pro fights, but what a murderer's row she's gone through. And coming off a first-round knockout over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, it's impossible to rank anyone ahead of her.
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
• Record: 14-1
• Next: UFC 223 on April 7, vs. Rose Namajunas
Welcome to the fight game. Jedrzejczyk was dominant for years, and that dominance was shattered inside a single round at UFC 217. She's already promised a strong comeback. Should be fun to watch.
3. Jessica Andrade
• Record: 17-6
• Next: UFC Fight Night on Feb. 24, vs. Tecia Torres
After a stellar three-round showing over two-time UFC title challenger Claudia Gadelha, Andrade has asserted herself as the clear No. 2 in this division. She just fought Jedrzejczyk in May, but there will be calls for a rematch if she continues to look good.
4. Claudia Gadelha
• Record: 15-3
• Next: TBD
Plenty of time for Gadelha to make improvements and win a UFC championship, but a three-round loss to Jessica Andrade in September has dropped her stock for now. She'll be looking to bounce back in her next fight.
5. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
• Record: 11-2
• Next: UFC 223 on April 7, vs. Felice Herrig
Kowalkiewicz earned a much-needed win over promotional newcomer Jodie Esqubel in October, and did so in her native Poland. It was a fantastic night for the former title challenger, but the pressure remains on her next fight, if she wishes to jump back into immediate title contention.
6. Tecia Torres
• Record: 10-1
• Next: UFC Fight Night on Feb. 24, vs. Jessica Andrade
Torres looked good in a decision win over Michelle Waterson at UFC 218. She's still just a slight tick beneath the very top women of this division, but that could change if she gets her chance to face one of them -- which she should.
7. Carla Esparza
• Record: 12-4
• Next: UFC 219 on Dec. 30, vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Esparza picked up a key win against the talented Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night in June. She hasn't set the world on fire since surrendering her UFC title back in 2015, but she is a solid 2-1. A few more wins would have her in title contention.
8. Felice Herrig
• Record: 15-6
• Next: UFC 223 on April 7, vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
A close fight against Cortney Casey at UFC 218 went Herrig's way, which now brings her to four in a row. She's won fights both on the ground and the feet. Confidence is at an all time high..
9. Cynthia Calvillo
• Record: (6-1)
• Next: TBD
Calvillo suffered the first loss of her career to Carla Esparza in December, but there was nothing in that fight that suggested she's out of her league at the top of this division. You never want to suffer a loss, but this one doesn't put Calvillo back too much.
10. Tatiana Suarez
• Record: 5-0
• Next: TBD
Suarez doesn't have as many fights as many other women ranked below her, but she's been dominant in her two UFC appearances and poses a lot of challenges to any potential opponent -- including a big frame for this weight class.