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ESPN's MMA divisional rankings: Women's strawweight

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Who is the world's best women's strawweight fighter? My latest top 10 ranking is listed below, with undefeated UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk 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 Sept. 18.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk

1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Record: 14-0
Next: UFC 217 on Nov. 4, vs. Rose Namajunas

The five-time defending UFC strawweight champion -- and it's going to take a very special opponent/performance to dethrone her. Jedrzejczyk's win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 was a thing of beauty.


Claudia Gadelha

2. Claudia Gadelha
Record: 15-2
Next: UFC Fight Night on Sept. 22, vs. Jessica Andrade

There is no question about it: Gadelha is the No. 2 strawweight in the world. She proved that again in June, by quickly tapping Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a high-profile spot on UFC 212. Her goal, of course, is to be No. 1. But that will take finally topping Joanna Jedrzejczyk, whom she has lost to twice.


Jessica Andrade

3. Jessica Andrade
Record: 16-6
Next: Next: UFC Fight Night on Sept. 22, vs. Claudia Gadelha

Andrade suffered her first loss since dropping to 115 pounds in May -- but it came against the division's dominant titleholder, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Hard to hold that against her too much.


4. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Record: 10-2
Next: UFC Fight Night on Oct. 21, vs. Jodie Esquibel

The charismatic Polish strawweight has now lost two in a row, albeit, to the top two women in the division in Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha. She was a quick victim to Gadelha's ground game at UFC 212. She might need to shore up that part of her game in order to reach the top.


Rose Namajunas

5. Rose Namajunas
Record: 6-3
Next: UFC 217 on Nov. 4, vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

In arguably the best performance of her career, Namajunas floored Michelle Waterson with a head kick and submitted her via rear-naked choke. The Denver-based contender is eyeing a UFC title shot in her next bout.


Tecia Torres

6. Tecia Torres
Record: 9-1
Next: TBD

Torres is putting together a nice little 2017, with wins over Bec Rawlings and Juliana Lima. Her only loss in the UFC has been to Rose Namajunas. She is 5-1 overall in the Octagon.


Carla Esparza

7. Carla Esparza
Record: 12-4
Next: TBD

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.


Michelle Waterson

8. Michelle Waterson
Record: 14-5
Next: TBD

The former Invicta FC atomweight champion is now 2-1 as a UFC strawweight, following a loss to Rose Namajunas in April. Waterson has had a few injury setbacks and she's probably best suited to compete at 105 pounds, but she remains one of the more skilled strawweights on the UFC roster.


Cortney Casey

9. Cortney Casey
Record: 7-4
Next: TBD

Casey's overall record won't turn any heads, but she's quietly gone 3-1 in her last four fights, facing legitimate competition that's included Randa Markos, Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Aguilar. A botched regulating job in Texas involving a false positive on a drug test, certainly doesn't keep Casey out of these rankings.


Cynthia Calvillo

10. Cynthia Calvillo
Record: (6-0)
Next: TBD

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.