The SB Nation rankings panel is back with a new chart, and this one is all over the place. Our six panelists (Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Brian Hemminger and Thomas Myers from MMA Mania; Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow) were asked to come up with a list of the top 10 women in MMA, pound-for-pound. Since WMMA is relatively new to the UFC, Bellator hasn't run many WMMA tourneys, and Invicta has only held five events thus far, the six of us have understandably come to some different conclusions. Here's the chart:
(Scoring: Fighters are given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second, etc., down to one point for 10th place. The results are then tallied up and presented here. Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues).
About the only thing everyone could agree on is that Ronda Rousey is the best WMMA fighter in the world today. Five of the six of us think that Cris Cyborg should be in the number two spot. Sarah Kaufman would have probably taken the third spot but Hemminger didn't put her in the top 10 at all, so Cat Zingano ended up there and Kaufman slipped to fourth. In fifth spot was Bellator's Jessica Aguilar, who was ranked as high as second on one ballot and not ranked at all on another.
Miesha Tate landed in the six spot after her loss to Zingano, while Invicta's Marloes Coenen claimed number seven. The final three were Alexis Davis, Megumi Fujii (who I didn't rank because I thought she was retired), and Jessica Eye. A total of 17 ladies received votes.
Upcoming matchups for ranked fighters
Ronda Rousey (1) vs. Cat Zingano (3) - after The Ultimate Fighter 18
Cris Cyborg (2) vs. Marloes Coenen (7) - Invicta FC 6, July