Who is the world's best women's mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 ranking is listed below.
In addition, here is my men's pound-for-pound ranking.
Note: Results through Feb. 21.
Justino is now 2-0 in the UFC, to no one's surprise. The big question around Justino regards the long-term play. She's a budding star who lacks opponents because her best fighting weight is 145, a weight division UFC doesn't promote.
Jedrzejczyk had to overcome some adversity in her title fight against Kowalkiewicz, but it was still a relatively dominant performance. She has failed to earn a finish in three straight fights, but that's the closest thing you can come to a criticism of the UFC champ.
In a matter of six months, Nunes dispatched two of the biggest stars in women's MMA -- Miesha Tate and Rousey -- and she did so in a matter of two rounds combined. Nunes is a finisher and a ferocious bantamweight champ.
Shevchenko lost to Amanda Nunes in March 2016 but has quickly set up a rematch against the current champ by defeating Holly Holm and Julianna Pena. She'll be a live challenger in that fight, and let's not forget she's undersized for this division.
Gadelha put up a good fight in her rematch against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in July, but things fell apart for her in the final two rounds. She's in that awkward spot of having two losses to the current champion of her weight class. She's clearly No. 2 -- and probably hoping another contender can knock off Jedrzejczyk and shake up the division.
6. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
• Record: 10-1
• Div.: Strawweight (UFC)
• Last: L (UD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Nov. 12, 2016
• Next: TBD
Kowalkiewicz came up short in her title bid against Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205, but she might have won a bigger fan base. Although she was visibly overmatched, Kowalkiewicz had several big moments, including a huge right hand in the fourth round -- probably the biggest shot ever landed on Jedrzejczyk.
Andrade has been a buzz saw ever since cutting down to 115 pounds in 2016. There are some blemishes on her record for sure, but she's entering the prime years of her career and has been on absolute fire in this weight class.
Pennington has flown under the radar in the UFC's 135-pound division, and she's scheduled to miss a good chunk of 2017 for shoulder surgery. But her only losses in the UFC have been razor-thin decisions to Jessica Andrade and Holly Holm. She's on the cusp of breaking through to a title shot.
9. Ayaka Hamasaki
• Record: 14-1
• Div.: Atomweight (Invicta FC)
• Last: W (TKO2) Jinh Yu Frey, Sept. 23, 2016
• Next: TBD
Hamasaki is Invicta FC's atomweight champion. She is unbeaten in the promotion and the only loss of her career came against UFC strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha.
De Randamie sneaks into the top 10 pound-for-pound following her UFC featherweight title win over Holly Holm. Chances are high the wrong type of opponent could still expose de Randamie's weaknesses on the floor, but as long as things are standing, she's a handful.