You think the regular pound-for-pound division is hard to rank? Well, now we're back with the women's P4P rankings and they might be an even more divisive issue. Women's MMA has been around for a while, but the UFC has only been promoting it for a year and hasn't even even brought in their second division yet. So as you can see below, there is a lot of disagreement among our panelists.
As usual, our panel consists of two members from each of the three SB Nation MMA sites - Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Thomas Myers and Alex Giardini from MMA Mania; and finally, Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow.
(Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission or company suspensions are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues. At the moment, this does not currently affect any women's P4P fighters generally considered to be Top-10 caliber).
You'd think Ronda Rousey would be the unanimous choice as the top women's fighter in the world, but the six of us couldn't even come to a consensus on that. Her five votes were enough to claim the top spot, with Cris Cyborg checking in at number two. Cat Zingano, who is currently injured, holds down the three spot. And new WSOF signing Jessica Aguilar falls into the four slot despite not being ranked at all by one panelist. Alexis Davis is similar at five - one panelist (me) didn't rank her.
We continued to be all over the board after that. Jessica Eye is in sixth despite not being unanimously ranked. We all actually ranked Invicta champ Barb Honchak, which was enough for her to take the seven spot. Following her were UFC fighters Sara McMann, Sarah Kaufman, and Miesha Tate. Three fighters received votes but couldn't crack the top ten - Carla Esparza, Lauren Murphy, and Marloes Coenen.
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