Over the next few weeks I am going to sort you all out with a veritable who's who of women's MMA. I am going to take MMA Rising's rankings and give you a run down of who these women are. This will lead up to a piece about the depth, potential and future of female MMA.
I am starting things off with the flyweights, which you will find featured in Bellator in the US and Pancrase and Jewels in Japan as well as smaller promotions everywhere. Like all the female divisions, the ladies flyweights would really benefit from one promotion pushing a stable, competitive division with regular high quality fights for the top girls. When I hear criticism of the depth of female MMA, I wonder if people have taken the trouble to look who's out there, especially with a lot of female fighters plying their trade in Japan and smaller regional shows in the US and Europe. I'm sure that article will come later.
1 - Megumi Fujii (25-1)
Fujii is a veteran of 26 fights, in organisations such as Jewels, Bellator and Shooto. She is primarily a submission fighter with a propensity for armbars. The Japanese fighter has pretty good wrestling ability, despite being relatively small for her division. She overpowers her opponents with general stickiness and technique rather than true power and is absolutely unafraid to pull guard and fight off of her back (see the video below).