The first women’s weight class in the UFC, the women’s bantamweight division. These are strong, powerful women who are extremely fun to watch. You’ve got knockout artists, Olympic medalists and world champion jiu-jitsu players all over the top 10. And while it’s still a relatively new class, it is evolving quickly.
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Weight Limit: 135 pounds
Average Height: 64.2” (5’4.2”)
Average Reach: 64.6” (5’4.6”)
It looks like Amanda Nunes can get comfortable as champion. After dispatching No. 1 Valentina Shevchenko for a second time at UFC 215, there doesn’t appear to be a legitimate threat to her reign in the pipeline right now. Nunes’ blend of explosive power, elite athleticism and high-level BJJ will be tough for any girl to top.
Ketlen Vieira is undoubtedly the best young prospect in the division. 9-0 at 26 years old, the Brazilian is coming off a huge win over former title challenger Sara McMann. A few more wins in a thin division could put her right into the title mix.
The division’s biggest star is Holly Holm, and there has been talk that she might move up a weight class and challenge Cris Cyborg for the bantamweight title. Anybody that steps to face a mauler like Justino deserves all the praise in the world. The UFC odds at BookMaker.eu would likely open with Holm as at least a 3-1 underdog. But Holm is no stranger to pulling off huge upsets - just ask Ronda Rousey.
Women’s Bantamweight Champion: Amanda Nunes
1. Valentina Shevchenko
2. Holly Holm
3. Julianna Pena
4. Raquel Pennington
5. Ronda Rousey
6. Cat Zingano
7. Sara McMann
8. Ketlen Viera
9. Germaine de Randamie
10. Alexis Davis
11. Liz Carmouche
12. Marion Reneau
13. Kaitlyn Chookagian
14. Bethe Correia
It remains to be seen how this division will fare without Rousey. Holm is still a star but will be fighting at featherweight. Miesha Tate, one of the class’s other stars, has recently retired. Nunes presents an evolution of women’s MMA, but she needs a run of devastating knockouts to capture attention. This is an interesting time, especially with flyweight and featherweight additions seemingly coming soon.
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