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
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
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)