Valentina Shevchenko Tops UFC Women’s Pound-for-Pound List After Nunes’ Loss

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Dana White places the championship belt on Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan after her UFC flyweight championship fight during the UFC 266 event on September 25, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Valentina Shevchenko is now considered the consensus baddest woman in the UFC, according to the promotion’s official rankings.

“The Bullet” assumed the women’s pound-for-pound top rankings after previous No. 1 Amanda Nunes lost her bantamweight title to Julianna Pena at UFC 269 on Saturday.

Shevchenko is the UFC flyweight champion, where she has amassed six consecutive title defenses and seven straight title wins since defeating former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the belt in December 2018. Shevchenko holds a submission win over Pena, though she has two decision losses to Nunes in her career.

Nunes dropped to the No. 3 slot in the women’s pound-for-pound rankings, behind Shevchenko and strawweight queen Rose Namajunas. Despite losing her bantamweight strap, Nunes is still the promotion’s featherweight title holder. Nunes holds two wins over Shevchenko, as well as victories over Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Germaine deRandamie. It was her first loss since Cat Zingano submitted her in 2014.

Pena, meanwhile, has shot up to No. 4 on the list – one spot behind Nunes. Pena submitted Nunes in the second round of their bantamweight title fight. “The Venezuelan Vixen” carries wins over Sara McMann, inaugural UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano, Jessica Eye and Zingano.

The MMA world was turned on its axis when Pena, a +700 underdog, finished Nunes to claim the bantamweight title. Nunes posted on Instagram ” I undoubtedly accept the rematch” against Pena.

The UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings now look like:

  1. Valentina Shevchenko
  2. Rose Namajunas
  3. Amanda Nunes
  4. Julianna Pena
  5. Zhang Weili
  6. Jessica Andrade
  7. Holly Holm
  8. Carla Esparza
  9. Marina Rodriguez
  10. Katlyn Chookagian
  11. Yan Xiaonan
  12. Irene Aldana
  13. Mackenzie Dern
  14. Lauren Murphy
  15. Aspen Ladd

Do you agree with the new UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings? Whether you do or don’t, let us know in the comments.

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