Women’s Pound for Pound

The rankings below represent our efforts to generate a conventional “pound-for-pound” ranking using only past fight data and the ranking software. Different than the Divisional Dominance list, which is almost entirely mathematical and based proportionally on the default rating system results, this list consists of ratings that are computed separately, side-by-side with the divisional ratings using a heavily modified formula. As a result, they will not be affected by factors such as a divisional change and cater to the “pound-for-pound” mindset that highlight momentum and tenured dominance.

With only a loose correlation with the divisional ratings, these can be considered our most subjective ratings to date. However, they use divisional normalization routines nearly identical to the Divisional Dominance list for the utmost fairness. In addition, these ratings will be computed and updated with our weekly releases of the rankings.

Issue Date: 2/05/2023 (Official Release: #852)
Rank Fighter  (Division) Record Points
1 {natFlag} Valentina Shevchenko   (W125) 23-3-0
182
2 {natFlag} Amanda Nunes   (W135) 22-5-0
150
3 {natFlag} Weili Zhang   (W115) 23-3-0
122
4 {natFlag} Cristiane Justino   (W145) 26-2-0
75
5 {natFlag} Jessica Andrade   (W125) 24-9-0
69
6 {natFlag} Carla Esparza   (W115) 19-7-0
51
7 {natFlag} Rose Namajunas   (W115) 11-5-0
51
8 {natFlag} Amanda Lemos   (W115) 13-2-1
51
9 {natFlag} Seika Izawa   (W105) 9-0-0
48
10 {natFlag} Julianna Pena   (W135) 11-5-0
46

32 Comments

  1. John N. August 19, 2018 at 10:35 pm Reply

    Gonna be some mad cupcake fans.
    And mad Cyborg fans… if you can find any.

  2. jason August 19, 2018 at 10:35 pm Reply

    The system loves Alexis Davis. Other than a razor-thin loss against Kaufman, she’s had a great 3.5 years… even considering the loss.

  3. Arthur August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Ha ha, Miesha Tate first??? Ranking bullshit!

  4. xhgdulk August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    ronda rules that list of twats, even after a loss

  5. oleg August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    I would tend to agree, at least “on paper”… Rousey is far more tested against better competition; Justino’s most impressive win to date is Marlos Coenen.

  6. Bryan August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    For the life of me I can’t understand why don’t anyone want to give the best woman mma fighter her due…Cris Cyborg has proven herself time and time again…She would kill anyone on this list…Without any question the most dominant womens mma champ ever…You guys need to start recognizing and stop glorifying the UFC standard…She was the champ before RR and is still the champ…Stop being political and start being honest

  7. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    @Ben: Jessica Eye’s best in was over Zoila Frausto and was nearly two years ago. She hasn’t had another win over a Top 10 fighter that I can tell and arguably none in the Top 15 (Angela Magana would have been really borderline). Furthermore she fights in a division that’s seen a massive exodus to Bantamweight, so she was only ever #1 (now #2) by default.

    If she gets by Sarah Kaufman she’ll probably end up on the list regardless. Ranking Alexis Davis as the #2 Bantamweight is what’s confusing to me.

    Anyway, Alexis Davis aside this is a hell of a lot better than the Sports Blog Nation lists where most of the panelists can name like two female fighters outside the UFC’s Bantamweight division.

  8. pinkston August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Been wondering for a while why Livia Renata Souza remains in the P4P list even though she lost her last fight as is ranked #5 at strawweight with Joanna the only other strawweight on this list.

  9. jason August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    This is arguably the most subjective list on the site… but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, she came from another division and only lost a split at 115…

  10. jason October 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply

    This is arguably the most subjective list on the site… but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, she came from another division and only lost a split at 115…

  11. pinkston October 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm Reply

    Ah, OK, that makes sense. Hadn’t considered that.

  12. pinkston August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Ah, OK, that makes sense. Hadn’t considered that.

  13. jason September 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Lingering credit for what she did at Fly.

    P4P uses a different system then the standard ratings…

  14. pinkston September 27, 2016 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Been wondering for a while why Livia Renata Souza remains in the P4P list even though she lost her last fight as is ranked #5 at strawweight with Joanna the only other strawweight on this list.

  15. jason August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Lingering credit for what she did at Fly.

    P4P uses a different system then the standard ratings…

  16. oleg September 14, 2016 at 9:30 am Reply

    I would tend to agree, at least “on paper”… Rousey is far more tested against better competition; Justino’s most impressive win to date is Marlos Coenen.

  17. oleg September 3, 2016 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Who is she and why do you think she’s ready for a UFC title shot with zero pro fights?

  18. oleg August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Who is she and why do you think she’s ready for a UFC title shot with zero pro fights?

  19. oleg August 31, 2016 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Agreed, unless you’re a heavyweight man.

  20. oleg August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Agreed, unless you’re a heavyweight man.

  21. jason August 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm Reply

    Does the “S” in “Ed S” stand for shit?

  22. jason August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Does the “S” in “Ed S” stand for shit?

  23. xhgdulk May 29, 2016 at 12:13 am Reply

    ronda rules that list of twats, even after a loss

  24. Arthur March 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Ha ha, Miesha Tate first??? Ranking bullshit!

  25. Bryan November 18, 2015 at 12:22 am Reply

    For the life of me I can’t understand why don’t anyone want to give the best woman mma fighter her due…Cris Cyborg has proven herself time and time again…She would kill anyone on this list…Without any question the most dominant womens mma champ ever…You guys need to start recognizing and stop glorifying the UFC standard…She was the champ before RR and is still the champ…Stop being political and start being honest

  26. RONDA ROUSEY , STATS , SOCIAL MEDIA | LUBMMA.COM August 9, 2015 at 10:17 pm Reply

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  27. jason September 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm Reply

    The system loves Alexis Davis. Other than a razor-thin loss against Kaufman, she’s had a great 3.5 years… even considering the loss.

  28. Chromium September 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm Reply

    @Ben: Jessica Eye’s best in was over Zoila Frausto and was nearly two years ago. She hasn’t had another win over a Top 10 fighter that I can tell and arguably none in the Top 15 (Angela Magana would have been really borderline). Furthermore she fights in a division that’s seen a massive exodus to Bantamweight, so she was only ever #1 (now #2) by default.

    If she gets by Sarah Kaufman she’ll probably end up on the list regardless. Ranking Alexis Davis as the #2 Bantamweight is what’s confusing to me.

    Anyway, Alexis Davis aside this is a hell of a lot better than the Sports Blog Nation lists where most of the panelists can name like two female fighters outside the UFC’s Bantamweight division.

  29. John N. September 21, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    Gonna be some mad cupcake fans.
    And mad Cyborg fans… if you can find any.

  30. Ben September 20, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    Joke that Jessica Eye isn’t on list

  31. Ben August 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Joke that Jessica Eye isn’t on list

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