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Carano and Santos Share Top WAMMA Seed

Written by Tom Ngo
March 5th, 2009
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Today, WAMMA released the organization’s inaugural female rankings. Superstars Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos both stake claim as the world’s best featherweight. Tara LaRosa and Megumi Fujihave are ranked as the top super bantamweight and bantamweight, respectively.

WAMMA released top-10 rankings in the bantamweight (115.1-125 pounds), super bantamweight (125.1-135 pounds), and featherweight (135.1-145 pounds) divisions.

“Female MMA has experienced tremendous growth in recent years but many of the sport’s top women athletes are still being overlooked,” WAMMA Rankings Committee Chair Sam Caplan stated. “With these rankings, WAMMA hopes to help bring greater awareness to the depth that exists in female MMA. We also hope that these rankings are used to create championships in multiple weight classes, which will in turn create bigger opportunities for female fighters.”

WAMMA currently only recognizes Fedor Emelianenko as their men’s heavyweight champion and Shinya Aoki as its  men’s lightweight champ.

Now that there is an official rankings committee for women, it will be interesting to see if it will increase the level of talent and competition on MMA’s female side.

As it stands now, outside of Carano and Cyborg there are really no other female fighters that fans are interested in paying their hard-earned money to see.

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