ESPN's MMA divisional rankings: Women's strawweight

Rose Namajunas defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk by KO in the first round at UFC 217. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Who is the world's best women's strawweight fighter? My latest top 10 ranking is listed below, with UFC champion Rose Namajunas at No. 1.

Who is the best fighter regardless of weight class? See ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings. Plus, check out our women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through December 4, 2017.

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Rose Namajunas

1. Rose Namajunas
Record: 7-3
Next: TBD

Namajunas has only had 10 pro fights, but what a murderer's row she's gone through. And coming off a first-round knockout over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, it's impossible to rank anyone ahead of her.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Record: 14-1
Next: TBD

Welcome to the fight game. Jedrzejczyk was dominant for years, and that dominance was shattered inside a single round at UFC 217. She's already promised a strong comeback. Should be fun to watch.

Jessica Andrade

3. Jessica Andrade
Record: 17-6
Next: Next: TBD

After a stellar three-round showing over two-time UFC title challenger Claudia Gadelha, Andrade has asserted herself as the clear No. 2 in this division. She just fought Jedrzejczyk in May, but there will be calls for a rematch if she continues to look good.

Claudia Gadelha

4. Claudia Gadelha
Record: 15-3
Next: TBD

Plenty of time for Gadelha to make improvements and win a UFC championship, but a three-round loss to Jessica Andrade in September has dropped her stock for now. She'll be looking to bounce back in her next fight.

5. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Record: 11-2
Next: TBD

Kowalkiewicz earned a much-needed win over promotional newcomer Jodie Esqubel in October, and did so in her native Poland. It was a fantastic night for the former title challenger, but the pressure remains on her next fight, if she wishes to jump back into immediate title contention.

Tecia Torres

6. Tecia Torres
Record: 10-1
Next: TBD

Torres looked good in a decision win over Michelle Waterson at UFC 218. She's still just a slight tick beneath the very top women of this division, but that could change if she gets her chance to face one of them -- which she should.

Carla Esparza

7. Carla Esparza
Record: 12-4
Next: UFC 219 on Dec. 30, vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Esparza picked up a key win against the talented Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night in June. She hasn't set the world on fire since surrendering her UFC title back in 2015, but she is a solid 2-1. A few more wins would have her in title contention.

Cynthia Calvillo

8. Cynthia Calvillo
Record: (6-0)
Next: UFC 219 on Dec. 30, vs. Carla Esparza

You want to talk about a whirlwind start to a UFC career? Calvillo made her UFC debut in March. By July, she'd already built a 3-0 record, appeared in a co-main event and pay-per-view, and defeated a highly ranked Joanne Calderwood. Not wasting any time.


9. Felice Herrig
Record: 15-6
Next: TBD

A close fight against Cortney Casey at UFC 218 went Herrig's way, which now brings her to four in a row. She's won fights both on the ground and the feet. Confidence is at an all time high..


10. Tatiana Suarez
Record: 5-0
Next: TBD

Suarez doesn't have as many fights as many other women ranked below her, but she's been dominant in her two UFC appearances and poses a lot of challenges to any potential opponent -- including a big frame for this weight class.