Updated: Oct 14
Bellator veteran Jessy "The Widowmaker" Miele (9-3) took the top spot in our Summer 2020 Pro Women pound for pound rankings, as she's riding a 4 fight win streak, and coming off a victory in her Bellator MMA debut back in October of last year. Miele's Bellator bout with UFC vet Leslie Smith was scrapped due to the current pandemic, but she's looking to get back in the cage as soon as possible to continue her quest for Bellator gold.
She's trailed at #2 by the USMMA Martial Arts & Yoga product Hilarie Rose (4-1). Rose has also notched 4 wins in a row under the CES MMA banner, and is itching to get a shot at the next level. But her quality of opponent may be the only thing holding her back from getting noticed by the major promotions. In those 4 wins Rose's opponent's combined record was 6-13. Regardless of opponent record, Rose has proven that she's a finisher, notching 3 stoppages in her 4 wins, and has the talent to be successful at the next level.
Ultimate MMA & Jiu-jitsu Training Center fighter, Marisa Messer-Belenchia (3-1) holds down the 3rd spot in our pro women pound for pound rankings with her 3-1 record. The "Spider Monkey" is coming off her lone loss back in October - a unanimous decision loss in her Invicta Fighting Championships debut.
New Hampshire's "Scary" Kerri Kenneson (3-2) grabbed our 4th spot in the pound for pound rankings. The Tokyo Joe's Studios & Team Link Hooksett product may have been the last New England fighter to step in the cage, as she dropped a one round exhibition bout on March 6th of this year in the Invicta: Phoenix Series 3 - 8 women tournament. Kenneson needs a win to climb the NEMMA rankings, as she hasn't gotten her hand raised in over 2 years. She is still one of the most dangerous female fighters in the region, and has the potential to make some serious waves.
Surprisingly, the uber talented 4-1 grappler, Danielle "The Dark Horse" Hindley, finds herself only ranked 8th in the region. This may be a product of a quality of competition issue, as her opponent's records in her 4 victories is a mere 1-7. In her sole loss her opponent (Alyssa Krahn) owned a 4-2 record. Regardless of where she stands in the rankings now, the South Shore Sportfighting fighter is oozing with talent, and could easily find herself getting a call from one of the major promotions with a few quality wins here in New England.
With #1 ranked amateur fighter Glory Watson making her pro debut this year, these rankings could definitely see some changes once she enters the fray. Only time will tell, but there are some killers on this list as of now!
You can check out our full rankings here - https://www.newenglandmma.org/rankings