Canadian Female MMA Rankings – February 2012


With MMA continuing to grow as a sport, Top MMA News felt it was finally time to rank the Top Canadian Women in Mixed Martial Arts.

As Women’s MMA as a “mainstream” aspect of MMA in general is still relatively new, Top MMA News has decided to currently stick with a Top 5 Open-weight and wait for women’s MMA to grow to the point of justifying a Top 10 or even better separate weight class rankings.

With that said, here are Top MMA News’ inaugural Canadian Womens Open-Weight Top 5 Rankings.

Top 5 Canadian Female Open-Weight Rankings

Sarah Kaufman

1. Sarah Kaufman (14-1) – Whom else would you expect? The Queen of
Canada sits atop her throne as not only the premiere female fighter in Canada but undoubtedly one of the top female fighters in the world. With wins over the likes of current Strikeforce champ Miesha Tate, as well as respected top fighters such as Baszler, Modafferi, and Carmouche just to name a few, Kaufman is unarguably at the top of the heap. Will she remain there after facing Davis? Next Fight: vs Alexis Davis at Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey on March 3.

2. Alexis Davis (11-4) – The clear second best female Canadian fighter and the obvious challenger to Kaufman’s throne, Alexis Davis has simply forced her way into a rematch with Kaufman by reeling off three wins in a row with her last win over Amanda Nunes really putting her on the map. Having fought one another in the infancy of their careers, nearly five years ago, Davis and Kaufman will meet once again on March 3rd for two reasons; 1) for a shot at the winner of the Tate vs Rousey title fight and 2) for the right to claim the title “Queen of Canadian MMA”. Next Fight: vs Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey on March 3.

3. Valerie Létourneau (4-2) – “Trouble” jumps in at #3 having only lost to Top MMA News’ top two female fighters. Létourneau has to be on the brink of getting a shot at the big show in Strikeforce. With one more win at the upcoming Freedom Fight, “trouble” could be heading to Strikeforce. Next Fight: vs TBD at Freedom Fight on April 21.

4. Julia Budd (2-2) – Julia Budd is in a similar spot to Letourneau as both of her losses are to top competition (Rousey & Nunes). “The Jewel” has shown flashes of great ability as her two wins are over Muay Thai legend Germain de Randamie and the very respected Shana Nelson. Hopefully Budd will have her next fight for Strikeforce soon and get back on the winning track. Next Fight: TBD

Sheila Bird (photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

5. Sheila Bird (2-0) – The X-Factor is undoubtedly one of the world’s top female grappling stars.   Sure, Bird only has had two MMA fights, but with the talent and credentials she brings to the table, strikes fear in many competitors’ hearts. Top MMA News would really like to see Sheila Bird be more active and put on more highlight reel finishes such as her scary finish of Kim Couture. Next Fight: TBD

Outside the Top 5
Tannaya Hantelman (3-4)
Rachael Swatez (4-3)

Kate Roy (2-2)
Sy Jewett (2-0)

12 Responses to “ Canadian Female MMA Rankings – February 2012 ”

  1. Fat Anna says:

    why am i not on this list

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  2. brandon says:

    Wheres river jones ? she should have atleast got a mention

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  3. McDooogs says:

    All those ladies are great athletes and awesome role models. Love em all.

    Some good ammys looking to make pro debuts this year too! WMMA in Canada is just going to continue to grow! Hooray to us. :)

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  4. Gunner says:

    this ranking is non legit until they have an open weight class jello wrestling match !

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  5. Francois says:

    Valerie Letourneau is the best French Canadian fighter !

    Bonne chance Valérie !

    Fightingirls !!!

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  6. Gunner says:

    and Valerie would get a vote in Jello Wrestling from me also

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  7. cody krahn says:

    bird should be higher on the list

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  8. @brandon….Top MMA News uses Sherdog for our stats. River Jones has never fought pro MMA according to those stats, so she was not ranked. We do not rank amateur fighters.

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  9. Chris_B says:

    What’s all this jello wrestling crap? These are professional athletes who work full time jobs, take care of their family and train like animals.

    This neanderthal attitude is the reason why people like Ronday Rousey get a title shot. Too many people are interested in hot chicks in bikinis instead of seeing athletes perform.

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  10. FillionMMA says:


    Ronda Rousey is an amazing fighter who can talk trash and happens to be attractive. She is an accomplished judoka who would undoubtedly be an amazing jello wrestler.

    No one likes seeing muffintops throw-down, male or female. It is 2012, looks matter. marketing matters. Deal with it.

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  11. @clinchcraig says:

    Hey Chris save the knight in shining armor crap. It was a joke made by another pro fighter. As if the first part wasn’t bad enough you try to claim Rousey is some type of second rate athlete.

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  12. Idolmaker says:

    there are more talented Females then there are Canadian heavyweights. Cdn women are on the rise. Mcdoogs is sexy!!!

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