With the new year comes new champions and new shake-ups in the rankings.
With the Ultimate Fighter 20 over and Invicta having it’s last card for the year, several fighters climbed their way into the top 10.
Herica Tiburcio debuts in the atomweight top 10 taking the #1 spot after her win over Michelle Waterson. With the loss, Waterson drops to #3 and Ayaka Hamasaki takes the #2 spot. With her strawweight debut in the UFC, Seo hee Ham drops out of the rankings.
Becoming the first ever UFC champion, Carla Esparza takes the #2 spot this month, behind the #1 ranked World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar. Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes the #3 spot with her win over Claudia Gadelha, in turn Gadelha drops two spots to #4.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (#7), Tecia Torres (#8), and Kalindra Faria (#9) all drop a spot.
In the flyweight division, DeAnna Bennett moves up a spot to #3, changing spots with the fighter she defeated, Jennifer Maia (#4). With her inactivity in the division, Zoila Frausto drops off the list and #7-10 from December’s list move up a spot. Roxanne Modafferi debuts in the flyweight top ten.
Only change at bantamweight sees Tonya Evinger re-enter the top 10 at #10.
Featherweight also saw one change as Megan Anderson enters at #10.