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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 May 16.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk

1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Record: 14-0
Next: TBD

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: 14-2
Next: UFC 212 on June 3, vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Two losses, both to the same woman. Gadelha has beaten everyone who has been put in front of her, except for Joanna Jedrzejczyk. It's not impossible to think she could fight JJ a third time -- and pick up a victory -- but it won't be any time soon.


3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Record: 10-1
Next: UFC 212 on June 3, vs. Claudia Gadelha

Kowalkiewicz could not dethrone her dominant countrywoman, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, in an all-Poland UFC 205 title fight, but she was never completely out of the fight and that feels like an accomplishment in itself. She has nothing to hang her head over following her first professional loss.


Jessica Andrade

4. Jessica Andrade
Record: 16-6
Next: TBD

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.


Rose Namajunas

5. Rose Namajunas
Record: 6-3
Next: TBD

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: 8-1
Next: TBD

Torres suffered the first loss of her career in a rematch to Rose Namajunas in 2016. She's off to a better start in 2017, having defeated Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night in February.


Carla Esparza

7. Carla Esparza
Record: 11-4
Next: UFC Fight Night on June 25, vs. Maryna Moroz

Esparza remains in the top 10 despite a narrow split-decision defeat to Randa Markos north of the border. She has been very inactive over the last three years and has just one win in her last three fights. The former UFC champion's resume is still strong as a whole, but it's based on the past more and more.


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.


Joanne Calderwood

9. Joanne Calderwood
Record: 11-2
Next: UFC Fight Night on July 16, vs. Cynthia Calvillo

A main-card matchup against Jessica Andrade at UFC 203 ended poorly for Calderwood, snapping a two-fight win streak. The Scottish talent is a good bet to bounce back, but her momentum has been halted by that loss.


Maryna Moroz

10. Maryna Moroz
Record: 8-1
Next: UFC Fight Night on June 25, vs. Carla Esparza

Moroz still has a lot to prove, as she's only nine fights into her professional career. The young Swede is off to a 3-1 start in the UFC, though, with her only loss coming to Joanne Calderwood.