In putting together this women's pound for pound lists I must first make it clear that there is no difficulty in finding talented women. The difficulty lives in how many talented women there are. I could make a list for several weight classes, but it gets so thin after number five, that I thought a better representation for female Muay Thai and kickboxing fighters is to do a p4p list.
My criteria is simple; the total number of victories over solid opposition is number one. Another way to put it; who did you beat and how did you beat them. A win is good, a KO win is better. Championships mean little, because there is a world champion in 90 percent of the gyms in the world. It means more to travel or import top talent and test ones self in that way than it is to remain undefeated against familiar opposition. Volume of fights is huge. If you flirt with boxing and MMA from time to time and do not build your kickboxing and Muay Thai resumes, fighters can jump you. Also if you are predominately a stadium Muay Thai fighter this is not the list for you. The major stadiums do not have female fights as of right now so all the champs are from regional stadiums. Muay Thai contributor Sylvie Duuglas Ittu has a great list for those that want lighter weight stadium fighters. Without further a due, your Liverkick.com female pound for pound(p4p) rankings.
Honorable mentions, (Marianna Kalergi, Ilona Wijmans, Miriam Nakamoto (not sure if she is returning, but she is elite) Julia Berezikova (would be in the top 15 if she didn't compete in MMA so much, still an elite fighter with a good resume) Lucia Krajcovic, Lucy Payne and Rachel Adamus.
Fresh off a tournament win over all action star Ilona Wijman's and Sheena Windershoven she enters the top 15. She will have to be more consistent to move up in the rankings.
Mio is a KO artist that campaigns at 48kgs, the smallest weight class in competitive fighting. She will struggle to move up in the rankings due to lack of depth in the weight class. However she has been the girl to beat in Shootboxing's smallest division for some time now. Her KO over Yuuki is violent stuff
Samantha is on fire right now. Sure, she has been beaten by the top women on this list. But she has won three straight over Australia's Sam Brown, Ilona Wijmans(2015 Fight of the Year), and Patrizia Gibelli
Eva has a controversial win over Iman Barlow and a solid win over Sam Brown. However her boxing focus has taken away from her kickboxing resume of late so she can only be on the list at 12.
Its hard to find a more active fighter than the 22yr old Anke van Gestal. She fights anyone, and despite some loses to the better women in the sport she has just beaten Rachida Bouhout and Aleide Lawant, Bouhout was a higher weight Enfusion champion. Anke has also beaten Lindsey Haycraft Sheer, veteran Claire Haigh, Sarah Debaieb, and Ilona Wijmans in an Awesome fight.
Sister of All time Great Muay Thai fighter Valentina Shevchenko, Antonina has built quite the resume herself. Fresh off a Enfusion reality show tournament win over Laetitia Bakissy and Shana Lammers. Antonina started the year off right and then signed with Lion Fight. If all goes well, she will get one fight to showcase her skill and then a title shot with Jorina Baars later in the year. Lack of opponents could mean the Jorina fight is next.
Activity is the only reason why Jemyma isn't higher. Outside of a draw to Tiffany van Soest, Betrian is unblemished. No loses in kickboxing and wins over Christi Brereton, E Meidie, and Wang Kehan in an epic fight. She hasn't fought kickboxing in two years, but also hasn't committed to MMA full so she makes the list.
Though controversial, E Meidie has the biggest win on this list in an extra round decision victory over Anissa Mekson. She also beat Isis Verbeek and won six times in eleven months. She will need more total fights to move up, but she is in the elite women's weight class so opportunities will come.
Despite E Medie having the big win, the best fighter in China is Wang Kehan. She burst on the scene when she almost stopped Jemyma Betrian in the first round. Since that fight, she trains with Betrian and hasn't lost a fight sense. Irena Mazepa, Michaela Michl, and Masha Valent. Unlike Meidie, Wang has left the country and has had success without the favoring of hometown judges, winning in the US, Belarus, and the Philippines. She just stopped Rachel Adamus on Kunlun so she is adding to her resume every month.
The American super star has been Lion Fight Champion pretty much since it has aired on TV. She has wins over Ashley Nichols, Bernise Aldis, Lucy Payne(twice) and Alexis Rufus. Tiffany had a tough 2014 losing to Muay Thai Legend Caley Reece and Denist Kielholtz. But she bounced back to regain her Lion Fight title and is now signed to Glory kickboxing. She is seen as the premiere signing in the women's division and now fighting between 52 and 54kgs she will have plenty of chances to move up in the rankings.
The Shootboxing queen hasn't lost since she was 19yrs old in 2011. Sense then she is beating and stopping opponents. Elli Maria Ekstrom, Christina Jurjevic(Twice), Ai Takahashi, and her most important victory, a 5rd decision over Erika Kamimura, who would be on this list had illness not end her career. Rena is a talent and her KOs of Za Za Sor Aree and Reinthong are brutal and beautiful.
She is the best 57kg fighter on the planet. Denise has wins over Ilona Wijmans(controversial), Lindsey Haycraft Sheer, Vicky Church, Lucy Payne, Lucia Krajcovic, Cindy Huyer, and a big win over Tiffany van Soest at a time when most felt they were one and two in the world. Denise is fresh off a win in Bellator's kickboxing league so more to come from the Dutch/Suriname fighter
Jorina Baars is amazing. She has the combination to low kick game down, uses her length well, and is getting victories in Muay Thai, which isn't even her best stand up sport(she is a better kickboxer). Victories over Martina Jindrova(twice), Chantel Ughi (twice), Anissa Haddaoui and the most important win in the history of women's Muay Thai, a dominate victory over the unbeatable MMA star Cyborg Santos. Outside of that there isn't much talent in the higher weight classes so her inevitable fight with new Lion Fight signee Antonina Shevchenko is an opportunity to move up.
In truth, no one has a better resume than Iman Barlow. No female fighter on the planet, in boxing, MMA, or Muay Thai fights as much and win's as much as Iman. She has wins over, Samantha van Doorn(twice), Alexis Rufus, Maria Lobo, Adi Rotem, Mellony Geugjes, Johanna Ryberg, Ferial Ameeroedien, and Fani Peloumpi to name a few of many. The only reason she isn't number one is because of a stoppage loss to Anissa Meksen in the Enfusion reality show tournament. Outside of that, the girl who beat the boys Iman Barlow is a prodigy in the sport and has been fighting in Muay Thai since she was 3...that isn't a joke. She has more than 150 fights.
French fighter Anissa Meksen is he number one p4p female fighter on the planet due to her resume and the way she won. She has victories over Isis Verbeek, Maria Lobo, and Ashley Nichols. But she has stoppage wins over Adi Rotem, Johanna Ryberg, Phet Yodying, and the win that makes her number 1, a stoppage victory over p4p number 2 Iman Barlow. A controversial loss to E Meidie is the only blemish to her otherwise stellar record. She should remain at the top spot, but the arrival of Glory's female division could mean a possible fight with Tiffany van Soest and a rematch with Iman Barlow. Yet as it stands, Anissa Meksen is the number one p4p female kickboxing/Muay Thai fighter on the planet.
Wu Lin Feng (WLF) put on their second "Glory of Heroes" event this past weekend. The event included names like Enriko Kehl, Israel Adesanya, Cedric Doumbe, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Massaro Glunder, and Sergio Wielzen. While the arena did not look as busy as their first event the TV numbers in China are always good so i'm sure they aren't too worried. Here are the results thanks to kiksie.com
Kickboxing – 63kg - Deng Zeqi (China) def. Artur Makouski (Belarus) by Unanimous Decision
Kickboxing – 72kg - Enriko Kehl (Germany) def. Jiao Fukai (China) by TKO in Round 2
MMA – 84kg - Israel Adesanya (New Zealand) def. Andrew Flores Smith (Peru) by TKO in Round 1
Kickboxing – 67kg - Qiu Jianliang (China) def. Jaidee Noppakit (Thailand) by Unanimous Decision
Kickboxing – 63kg - Wei Rui (China) def. Ban Yungsong (Japan) by Unanimous Decision
Kickboxing – 67kg - Massaro Glunder (Netherlands) def. Yang Zhuo (China) by Split Decision
Kickboxing – 68kg - Kem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Tie Yinghua (China) by Unanimous Decision
Kickboxing – 65kg - Tepthanee Winai (Thailand) def. Liu Xiangming (China) by Unanimous Decision
Kickboxing – 60kg - Yun Qi (China) def. Sergio Wielzen (Netherlands) by Split Decision
MMA – 63kg - Ayton De Paepe (Belgium) def. Wang Yayong (China) by TKO in Round 1
MMA – 70kg - Andrey Mitrofanov (Ukraine) def. He Nannan (China) by Decision
MMA – 93kg - Kurban Omarov (Russia) def. Liu Wenbo (China) by Unanimous Decision
Kickboxing – 75kg - Cedric Doumbe (France) def. Brad Riddell (New Zealand) by Split Decision
Kickboxing – 70kg - Ievgenii Kurovskoy (Ukraine) def. Hu Yafei (China) by Unanimous Decision
Kickboxing – 70kg - Khayal Dzhaniev (Russia) def. Zhao Chunyang (China) by Unanimous Decision
On Saturday WGP held their 30th event, which saw Alex Pereira successfully defend his WGP 85kg Championship against Junior Alpha with a fourth round knockout victory. The other title on the line, the 78.1kg Championship, saw champion Thiago Michel fall in the first round to Diego Gaucho, crowning a new champion.
WGP 85kg Championship: Alex Pereira(C) (R4 - KO) Junior Alpha
WGP 78.1kg Championship: Diego Gaúcho (R1 - TKO) Thiago Michel(C)
Tadeu San Martino (R2 - KO) Nicolas Ryske
Bruno Gazani (R3 - KO) Emanuel Ramponi
Felipe Micheletti (R3 - Decision) Haime Morales
Wilson Djavan (R3 - Split Decision) Marcus Vinicius
Fernando Maestro (R3 - Decision) Ivan Ibarbe
Thiago "Golden Boy" (R3 - Decision) Inaftali Gomes
Felipe 'Artillero' Bocaz (R3 - Decision) Jhonatan Leuch
Robson "Minotinho" (R2 - KO) Henrique Silva
Johnny Klever (R3 - Decision) Junior Cassiano
Luis "Predator" Santos (R3 - Decision) Daniel Dias
Marcus 'Jon Jones' (R3 - Decision) Virgilio Junior
Lucas Almeida (R3 - Decision) Yanco 'Popo'