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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 Nov. 7.

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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: 9-1
Next: UFC 218 on Dec. 2, vs. Michelle Waterson

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: 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.


Michelle Waterson

8. Michelle Waterson
Record: 14-5
Next: UFC 218 on Dec. 2, vs. Tecia Torres

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: UFC 218 on Dec. 2, vs. Felice Herrig

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: 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.