The MMA Freak rankings are voted on by members of the writing staff. Fighters who are serving drug related suspensions, have been inactive for twelve months or have recently retired are currently ineligible. Also fighters are only eligible for one weight class unless they are champions in multiple divisions in which case they are exceptions to the rule:

Top 10 Women’s P4P Fighters (4/30/21)

1) Amanda Nunes (1)
2) Valentina Shevchenko (2)
3) Cristiane Venacio (3)
4) Rose Namajunas (4)
5) Ayaka Hamasaki (5)
6) Kayla Harrison (6)
7) Alesha Zappitella
 (7)
8)
 Germaine de Randamie (8)
9) Zhang Weili (9)
10) Jessica Andrade (10)

Honorable Mentions

Julia Budd, Katlyn Chookagian, Julianna Peña, Holly Holm, Cat Zingano

*Ronda Rousey, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Tatiana Suarez are ineligible due to inactivity.

Top 10 Women’s Open Weights (4/30/21)

1) Kayla Harrison (1)
2) Larissa Pacheco (2)
3)
 Kaitlin Young (N/A)
4)
 Genah Fabian (7)
5)
Taylor Guardado (N/A)
6) Cindy Dandois (N/A)
7)
 Mariana Morais (9)
8)
Helena Kolesnyk (N/A)
9) Julija Pajić (N/A)
10) Laura Sanchez (N/A)

Honorable Mentions

Bianca Daimoni*, Miranda Barber*, Sarah Kaufman*, Bobbi-Jo Dalziel*, Morgan Frier*

*Due to a lack of depth in the open weight division, the following fighters have been granted an exception to the 12 month inactivity rule. However, their positions in the rankings will be determined on their most recent match and all other ranking rules still apply.

**Gabi Garcia, Kendra Wilczynski, Jozette Cotton, Roberta Samad, Sarah PetzoldBrittney Elkin and Lei’D Tapa are all ineligible.

***Amanda Bell and Gabby Holloway have vacated the weight class.

Top 10 Women’s Featherweights (4/30/21)

1) Amanda Nunes (1)*
2) Cristiane Venacio (2)
3)
 Julia Budd (4)
4)
 Cat Zingano (8)
5) Leslie Smith (3)

6)
 Megan Anderson (5)
7) Norma Dumont (N/A)
8) Felicia Spencer (6)

9) Sinead Kavanagh (9)
10) Arlene Blencowe (7)

Honorable Mentions

Chelsea Chandler, Danyelle Wolf, Talita Nogueira, Leah McCourt, Olivia Parker

*Amanda Nunes is ranked in multiple classes but is an exception to the rule.

**Ediane Gomes, Pam Sorenson, Reina Miura, Marina Mokhnatkina and Auttumn Norton are all ineligible due to inactivity.

***Kaitlin Young and Cindy Dandois have vacated the weight class.

Top 10 Women’s Bantamweights (4/30/21)

1) Amanda Nunes (1)*
2) Germaine de Randamie (2)
3)
 Julianna Peña (3)
4) Holly Holm (4)
5) Yana Kunitskaya (5)
6) Irene Aldana (6)
7) Sara McMann (7)
8) Macy Chiasson (8)
9)
 Pannie Kianzad (9)
10) Jessica-Rose Clark (10)

Honorable Mentions

Lisa Spangler, Karol Rosa, Vanessa Melo, Marion Reneau, Lucie Pudilová

*Amanda Nunes is ranked in multiple divisions but is an exception. 

**Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Bea Malecki, Aspen Ladd and Lina Länsberg are all ineligible due to inactivity.

***Raquel Pennington is ineligible due to a banned substance suspension.

Top 10 Women’s Flyweights (4/30/21)

1) Valentina Shevchenko (1)
2) Jessica Andrade (2)

3) Katlyn Chookagian (3)
4) Jennifer Maia (4)
5) Joanne Calderwood (5)
6) Cynthia Calvillo (6)
7)
 Jessica Eye (7)
8) Liz Carmouche (8)
9) Juliana Velasquez (9)
10) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (10)

Honorable Mentions

Lauren Murphy, Taila Santos, Miranda Maverick, Mayra Bueno Silva, Andrea Lee

*Agnieszka Niedźwiedź is ineligible for the rankings due to inactivity.

Top 10 Women’s Strawweights (4/30/21)

1) Rose Namajunas (1)
2) Weili Zhang (2)
3) Carla Esparza (3)
4) Marina Rodriguez (N/A)
5) Michelle Waterson (4)

6) Angela Hill (5)

7) Tecia Torres (6)

8) Yan Xiaonan (7)

9) Claudia Gadelha (8)

10) Mackenzie Dern
 (10)

Honorable Mentions

Amanda Lemos, Loma Lookboonmee, Polyana Viana, Jessica Penne, Jinh Yu Frey

*Tatiana Suarez and Joanna Jędrzejczyk are ineligible due to inactivity.

Top 10 Women’s Atomweights (3/29/21)

1) Ayaka Hamasaki (1)
2) Alesha Zappitella (2)
3) Jessica Delboni (N/A)
4) Ashley Cummins (3)

5) Miyuu Yamamoto (4)

6) Tomo Maesawa (5)

7) Mina Kurobe (6)

8) Kanna Asakura (7)

9) Ai Shimizu (8)

10) Denice Zamboanga (9)

Honorable Mentions

Hikaru Aono, Saori Oshima, Satomi Takano, Jihin Radzuan, Si Woo Park

*Seo Hee HamLisbeth Lopez SilvaJeong Eun ParkSuwanan Boonsorn, Yoon Ha Hong and Viviane Pereira are all ineligible for the rankings due to inactivity.

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