UFC Power Rankings: Women’s Strawweights
The UFC strawweight division is only a few years old, but fans have quickly warmed to the weight class and it’s fighters. There are bankable stars and world class athletes - and in many cases fighters have both the “It” factor and elite skills. While it is the smallest weight class in the UFC, it has no problems drawing viewers - something that cannot be said for its men’s counterpart, the flyweight division.
At 115 pounds, it’s tough to score knockouts, but what the division lacks in pop it makes up for in scrappiness. It seems as “gritty” is a term that can be used to define almost every fighter in the top 10, and perhaps no division personifies “going out on your shield” better than strawweight.
Let’s take a deeper look into this still developing division. Remember, you can bet on your favorite fighters with the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu.
UFC Women’s Strawweight Division at a Glance
Weight Limit: 115 pounds
Current UFC Rankings (As of January 2017)
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1. Claudia Gadelha
2. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
3. Carla Esparza
4. Rose Namajunas
5. Jessica Andrade
6. Tecia Torres
7. Michelle Waterson
8. JoJo Calderwood
9. Maryna Moroz
10. Paige VanZant
You’ve got a bunch of top contenders who are still in their 20s. Some, like Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas are 25 and under. This is a young division, and that’s a great thing - many of these fighters have plenty of time to improve considerable skillsets. Having a dominant, dynamic champion like Joanna Jedrzejczyk also helps prop up the rest of the division as well.
Fighters to Watch
Best Striker: Joanna Champion. Her Muay Thai technique is picture perfect and has already destroyed some very good fighters. There are few fighters, period, who strikes as efficiently as she does. What’s more, she has insane hand and foot speed, making for some breathtaking combinations.
Best Grappler: Claudia Gadelha. A multiple-time world champion at the highest levels of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the No. 1 contender is also a physical savage who combines strength and savvy to overwhelm opponents.
Best Prospect: Jessica Andrade. Just 25 years old, “Bate Estaca” dropped from 135 pounds and has looked like a serious title threat in every subsequent bout. Her size and athleticism will be a tough test for anyone in the division. She also has one of the best finishing ratios in the weight class, with 5 KOs and 7 SUBs in 15 career victories.
The Greatest: For now, it’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Though the division is still young, she already has four consecutive title defenses. Even if she loses the strap in her next bout, it will likely take a year or two before any new champion can put that kind of streak together.
The Future of Strawweight
The biggest threat to this division would be the creation of a flyweight division. There would be an inevitable talent exodus as fighters would look to avoid weight cuts - even J-Check expressed interest in fighting for a flyweight title. But strawweight is a class that is here to stay - it’s an accessible weight class that will only grow in time.
UFC Power Rankings
- Heavyweight Division
- Light Heavyweight Division
- Middleweight Division
- Welterweight Division
- Lightweight Division
- Featherweight Division
- Bantamweight Division
- Flyweight Division
- Womens Strawweight Division
- Womens Bantamweight Division
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