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411 Women’s Pound for Pound MMA Rankings: Julianna Pena, Amanda Nunes, More

January 11, 2022 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
Julianna Pena

411’s MMA Rankings

Pound For Pound


1) Valentina Shevchenko (22-3)

Height: 5’5

Weight (lbs.): 125

Birthday: March 7, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Lauren Murphy – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 266 – September 25, 2021

– vs. Jessica Andrade – Win via TKO (elbows) – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021

– vs. Jennifer Maia – Win via decision (unaninmous) – UFC 255 – November 21, 2020

– vs. Katlyn Chookagian – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 247 – February 8, 2020

– vs. Liz Carmouche – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN+ – August 10, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



2) “The Lioness” Amanda Nunes (21-5)

Birthday: May 30, 1988

Height: 5’8

Weight (lbs.): 135/145

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Julianna Pena – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 269 – December 11, 2021

– vs. Megan Anderson – Win via submission (triangle armbar) – UFC 259 – March 6, 2021

– vs. Felicia Spencer – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 250 – June 6, 2020

– vs. Germaine de Randamie – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

– vs. Holly Holm – Win via TKO (head kick and strikes) – UFC 239 – July 6, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Rose “Thug” Namajunas (11-4)

Height: 5’5

Weight (lbs.): 115

Birthday: June 29, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Weili Zhang – Win via decision (split) – UFC 268 – November 6, 2021

– vs. Weili Zhang – Win via KO (head kick) – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021

– vs. Jessica Andrade – Win via decision (split) – UFC 251 – July 11, 2020

– vs. Jessica Andrade – Loss via KO (slam) – UFC 237 – May 11, 2019

– vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Weili Zhang (21-3)

Height: 5’4

Weight (lbs.): 115

Birthday: August 13, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Rose Namajunas – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 268 – November 6, 2021

– vs. Rose Namajunas – Loss via KO (head kick) – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021

– vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – Win via decision (split) – UFC 248 – March 7, 2020

vs. Jessica Andrade – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 31, 2019

– vs. Tecia Torres – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 235 – March 2, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) Cris “Cyborg” Justino (25-2, 1 NC)

Height: 5’8

Weight (lbs.): 145

Birthday: July 9, 1985

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Sinead Kavanagh – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator 271 – November 12, 2021

– vs. Leslie Smith – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 259 – May 21, 2021

– vs. Arlene Blencowe – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – Bellator MMA 249 – October 15, 2020

– vs. Julia Budd – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator MMA – January 25, 2020

– vs. Felicia Spencer – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 230 – July 27, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



6) Julianna Pena (11-4)

Height: 5’7

Weight (lbs.): 135

Birthday: August 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Amanda Nunes – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 269 – December 11, 2021

– vs. Sara McMann – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 257 – January 23, 2021

– vs. Germaine de Randamie – Loss via technical submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on ESPN – October 3, 2020

– vs. Nicco Montano – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2019

– vs. Valentina Shevchenko – Loss via submission (armbar) – UFC on Fox – January 28, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Pena became the answer to a trivia question as the first person to end one of Amanda Nunes’ championship runs as she choked her out for the bantamweight title. At UFC 269, it took just a few minutes into the second round to stop Nunes. Pena is the third former female TUF winner to become UFC champion and the first to do so years after winning the initial tournament.



7) Germaine de Randamie (10-4)

Height: 5’9

Weight (lbs.): 135

Birthday: April 24, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Julianna Pena – Win via technical submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on ESPN – October 3, 2020

– vs. Amanda Nunes – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

– vs. Aspen Ladd – Win via TKO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2019

– vs. Raquel Pennington – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 10, 2018

– vs. Holly Holm – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 208 – February 11, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



8) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4)

Height: 5’6

Weight (lbs.): 115

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Weili Zhang – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 248 – March 7, 2020

– vs. Michelle Waterson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN+ – October 12, 2019

– vs. Valentina Shevchenko – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018

– vs. Tecia Torres – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

– vs. Rose Namajunas – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Julia Budd (16-3)

Height: 5’8

Weight (lbs.): 145

Birthday: July 4, 1983

Currently Fighting With: PFL

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Kaitlin Young – Win via decision (unanimous) – PFL 2021 Championships – October 27, 2021

– vs. Dayana Silva – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 256 – April 9, 2021

– vs. Jessy Miele – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 244 – August 21, 2020

– vs. Cyborg – Loss via TKO (strikes) – Bellator MMA – January 25, 2020

– vs. Olga Rubin – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 224 – July 12, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Jessica Andrade (22-9)

Height: 5’2

Weight (lbs.): 115

Birthday: September 25, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Cynthia Calvillo – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 266 – September 25, 2021

– vs. Valentina Shevchenko – Loss via TKO (elbows) – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021

– vs. Katlyn Chookagian – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020

– vs. Rose Namajunas – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 251 – July 11, 2020

– vs. Weili Zhang – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN+ – August 31, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Katlyn Chookagian (16-4)

Height: 5’9

Weight (lbs.): 125

Birthday: December 28, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Viviane Araujo – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021

– vs. Cynthia Calvillo – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 255 – November 21, 2020

– vs. Jessica Andrade – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020

– vs. Antonina Shevchenko – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – May 30, 2020

– vs. Valentina Shevchenko – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 247 – February 8, 2020

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jennifer Maia – UFC on ESPN – January 15, 2022



12) Kayla Harrison (12-0)

Birthday: July 2, 1990

Height: 5’8

Weight (lbs.): 155

Currently fighting with: Free Agent

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Taylor Guardado – Win via submission (armbar) – PFL 10 2021 – October 27, 2021

– vs. Genah Fabian – Win via TKO (strikes) – PFL 8 2021 – August 19, 2021

– vs. Cindy Dandois – Win via submission (armbar) – PFL 6 2021 – June 25, 2021

– vs. Mariana Morais – Win via TKO (strikes) – PFL 3 2021 – May 6, 2021

– vs. Courtney King – Win via TKO (strikes) – Invicta FC 43 – November 20, 2020

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Harrison became a two-time PFL lightweight tournament champion in October when she submitted Taylor Guardado. Now, she’s a free agent and there’s enormous interest from both the UFC and Bellator to bring her into their respective folds. The two-time Olympic gold medalist (Judo) is unbeaten in MMA.




13) Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (18-6)

Height: 5’1

Weight (lbs.): 115

Birthday: October 10, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Xiaonan Yan – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – May 22, 2021

– vs. Marina Rodriguez – Win via decision (split) – UFC on ESPN – July 25, 2020

– vs. Michelle Waterson – Win via decision (split) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2020

– vs. Alexa Grasso – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – September 21, 2019

– vs. Virna Jandiroba – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 27, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Tatiana Suarez (8-0)

Height: 5’5

Weight (lbs.): 115

Birthday: December 19, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Nina Nunes – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 238 – June 8, 2019

– vs. Carla Esparza – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Alexa Grasso – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – May 19, 2018

– vs. Viviane Pereira – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 11, 2017

– vs. Amanda Cooper – Win via submission (D’arce Choke) – UFC TUF Finale – July 8, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Holly Holm (14-5)

Birthday: October 17, 1981

Height: 5’8

Weight (lbs.): 145

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Irene Aldana – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – October 3, 2020

– vs. Raquel Pennington – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 246 – January 18, 2020

– vs. Amanda Nunes – Loss via TKO (head kick and strikes) – UFC 239 – July 6, 2019

– vs. Megan Anderson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

– vs. Cris Cyborg – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 219 – December 30, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown