Enter the tension arena of the UFC Strawweight Division, a competitive arena where participants weigh between 106 and 115 pounds (48 and 52 kg). Athletes who compete in this fierce competition exhibit the ideal balance of force and precision as they unleash their martial arts prowess with unwavering determination.

With an unquenchable drive to win, these extraordinary fighters display their skill in an exciting symphony of technique, agility, and raw strength, mesmerizing spectators with each measured stroke. The octagon becomes a canvas, and these fighters are the paintbrushes, creating a masterpiece of unflinching fortitude and unsurpassed skill.

Strawweight Champion in the UFC as of 2023

Zhang Weili’s fierceness and dexterity culminated in a victory over Carla Esparza on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281 in Madison Square Garden, earning her the coveted UFC women’s strawweight championship. A night of unwavering resolve forever recorded in MMA history. Champion at strawweight in the UFC as of 2023

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Top 2023 UFC Strawweight

Rank Fighter Record Win Streak Result Last fight Next fight
C Zhang Weili 24–3 3
(1 def)
Win UFC 292 Amanda Lemos TBD
1 Carla Esparza 19–7 0 Loss UFC 281 Zhang Weili TBD
2 Rose Namajunas 11–6 0 Loss UFC Fight Night 226 Manon Fiorot TBD
3 Yan Xiaonan 17–3
(1 NC)
2 Win UFC 288 Jéssica Andrade TBD
4 Tatiana Suarez 10–0 10 Win UFC on ESPN 50 Jéssica Andrade TBD
5 Amanda Lemos 13–3–1 0 Loss UFC 292 Zhang Weili TBD
6 Jéssica Andrade 24–12 0 Loss UFC on ESPN 50 Tatiana Suarez UFC 295 Mackenzie Dern
7 Virna Jandiroba 19–3 2 Win UFC 288 Marina Rodriguez TBD
8 Mackenzie Dern 13–3 1 Win UFC Fight Night 223 Angela Hill UFC 295 Jéssica Andrade
9 Marina Rodriguez 16–3–2 0 Loss UFC 288 Virna Jandiroba UFC Fight Night 228 Michelle Waterson-Gomez
10 Tecia Torres 13–6 0 Loss UFC 273 Mackenzie Dern TBD
11 Amanda Ribas 12–4 0 Loss UFC on ABC 5 Maycee Barber UFC Fight Night 232 Luana Pinheiro
12 Luana Pinheiro 11–1 9 Win UFC 287 Michelle Waterson-Gomez UFC Fight Night 232 Amanda Ribas
13 Michelle Waterson-Gomez 18–11 0 Loss UFC 287 Luana Pinheiro UFC Fight Night 228 Marina Rodriguez
14 Tabatha Ricci 9–1 4 Win UFC on ABC 5 Gillian Robertson TBD
15 Angela Hill 15–13 0 Loss UFC Fight Night 223 Mackenzie Dern UFC Fight Night 231 Denise Gomes
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Strawweight in UFC history

Carla Esparza began her reign in the UFC Strawweight drama by winning the first championship from Rose Namajunas in 2014. The reign was then held by Joanna Jedrzejczyk for an incredible 966 days until Namajunas recaptured it at UFC 217. Prior to Zhang Weili winning at UFC 237 and successfully defending her championship against Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 in a thrilling split decision, Jessica Andrade enjoyed a brief period of dominance in the division.

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