Canadian Female MMA Rankings – December 2013
With Ronda Rousey busy defending her UFC championship, Invicta giving women a place to complete, and The Ultimate Fighter introducing the country to even more women fighters, it was time for Top MMA News to revisit ranking our Canadian female fighters.
Last year, Top MMA News put together a pound-for-pound Top 5 ranking of Canadian female fighters. This year, we are trying to give recognition to women fighting in all weight classes. Please note that there is not much depth in some divisions, so Top MMA News reserved the right to rank a top 1 in one thin category and a top 3 in a deeper division.
Here are the Canadian Female MMA Rankings:
Top 2 Canadian Female Featherweights
1. Julia Budd (6-2) – Over the past year and a half, Julia Budd has been on tear that should eventually lead her to a fight with Cristiane Cyborg. Since losing to Ronda Rousey in Strikeforce, Budd has ripped off four wins in Invicta. First, she stopped both Elina Nilsson and Danielle West with her striking. Then, she recorded her first submission win with a Rear Naked Choke of Mollie Estes. Most recently, she dominated fellow Canadian Charmaine Tweet making Budd the easy decision for Canada’s top Featherweight. Next fight: TBD
2. Charmaine Tweet (4-4) – Saskatchewan’s Charmaine Tweet was outclassed by Julia Budd in her Invicta debut this year. However, a quick look at Tweet’s career makes you realize that she makes a habit of learning from losses and coming back strong. Tweet started her career going 1-3 before regrouping and going on a three fight win streak that culminated with a Battle for the Border win over the highly regarded amateur fighter Amanda Bell who was making her pro debut. Tweet lost to Budd, but she will return to Invicta a smarter, better fighter. Next fight: TBD
Top 3 Canadian Female Bantamweights
1. Sarah Kaufman (16-3) – Over the past two years, Sarah Kaufman has shown mixed results. First, she beat Canada’s Alexis Davis for the second time. Then, like Tweet and Budd, Kaufman was arm barred by Ronda Rousey. Following that, Kaufman was involved in a pair of split decisions that could have gone either way including her first UFC fight against Jessica Eye. On the basis of her 2012 win over Davis, Kaufman retains her #1 ranking, however, Alexis is coming on strong. Next fight: TBD
2. Alexis Davis (15-5) – Cat Zingano goes down with an injury, surely Alexis Davis deserves the title shot against Ronda Rousey. Nope. Miesha Tate gets that shot even though she is coming into the fight on a loss. Next, Rousey needs a UFC 170 opponent, surely Davis, who is 2-0 in the UFC will get the shot. Nope. Sara McMann gets it. Oh well. Even though Davis has been overlooked by the UFC, she has been on a tear. If she keeps winning, she will have to get that title shot and she will also become Canada’s #1 Female Bantamweight. She is definitely in Sarah Kaufman’s rear view mirror. Next fight: vs Jessica Eye at UFC 170 on February 22
3.Sarah Moras (3-1) – Even though Top MMA News does not consider The Ultimate Fighter exhibition fights into its rankings, one has to be impressed with Sarah Moras‘ performance on the show. On TUF 18, Moras defeated MMA matriarch Tara Larosa, then submitted Peggy Morgan, before losing to eventual winner Julianna Pena. Oh yeah, that is the same Julianna Pena that Moras defeated in 2012 and Top MMA News does count that one. In her last pro bout, Moras quickly submitted BJJ black belt Christina Barry. Next fight: TBD
Top 1 Canadian Female Flyweights
1. Lynell House (2-0) – Lynell House had a great 2013 going 2-0 and becoming the clear #1 in Canada’s Female Flyweight division. Not bad for an independent fighter. House, from Red Deer, beat Adrenaline Training Center’s Shannon Ludlow and Bowman MMA’s Sarah McRann en route to a perfect record. Imagine how good Lynell would be if she had a solid team behind her! Next fight: TBD
Outside the Bantamweight Top 3
Sarah McRann (1-1)
Top 2 Canadian Female Strawweights
1. Randa Markos (3-0) – In 2013, Thomas got a pair of fights and won them both to keep her record perfect. First, she took on Ashley Nichols at Wreck and submitted her in three minutes. Then, she took on Kara Kirsh and won a three round battle. Many say that Randa Markos has all the tools to make the big leagues. The only thing she is missing is experience. Well…experience is coming. She will be facing the unbeaten Justine Kish next month and the unbeaten Lynell House in March. If she gets out of these with her perfect record intact, the UFC should be calling. Next fight: vs Justine Kish at RFA 12 on January 24.
2. Kara Kirsh (1-1) – Fans first saw Kara Kirsh on the TV series Fight Xchange. On the show, she had her first fight where she came from behind to submit Aline Nery in the third. It was nice to see as Nery showed up heavy for that bout. Fans did not see the Kirsh, who trains out of Brazil-021 Toronto, again until fall 2013 in London, where she gave the #1 ranked Markos the toughest fight of her career. Although Kirsh lost her second fight, she showed a lot of improvement since her Fight Xchange debut, even though she won that bout. Next fight: TBD
Outside the Strawweight Top 2
Ashley Nichols (0-1)