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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 Feb. 21.

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Amanda Nunes

1. Amanda Nunes
Record: 14-4
Next: TBD

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: TBD

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: 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.


6. 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?


Holly Holm

7. Holly Holm
Record: 17-7
Next: TBD

The spiral continues for Holm. She is now 0-3 since her stunning knockout of Ronda Rousey in late 2015, with no reprieve in sight. She's a competitor and she's not getting blown out in any of these losses, but it has still been a hard fall from where she was after Rousey.


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.


Cat Zingano

9. 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.


Tonya Evinger

10. Tonya Evinger
Record: 18-5
Next: Invicta 22 on March 25, vs. Yana Kunitskaya

Evinger is still the Invicta FC champion, following a successful appeal of her loss to Yana Kunitskaya in November. Evinger was originally submitted in the bout, but a referee error had a major impact. She has not suffered a loss since 2011.