The UFC Strawweight division has an incredibly skilled top ten. With “Thug” Rose Namajunas sitting at the top of the 115 lb rankings, young guns like Amanda Ribas and Mackenzie Dern continue closely. Likewise, vets like Carla Esparza and Tecia Torres are considering their potential moves to the title fight. Given this, not everyone in the division is in the same boat. Here are three UFC straw weights that need to work their way down the winning column in 2022 to avoid retiring from UFC competition.
3. Ashley Yoder (Pro Record: 8-8, UFC 3-7)
“The spider monkey” hasn’t seen his hands raised in victory since November 2020. Currently on a two-fight losing skid, Yoder has notched just three wins in his ten Octagon appearances. Yoder last competed in July this year where she abandoned a unanimous decision to Jinh yu frey. Dropping all three rounds on each judges’ scoreboard, Yoder will have to start his new four-fight contract in a big way with his more than likely return to competition in 2022.
2. Hannah Cifers (Pro Record: 10-7, UFC 2-5)
As a scorching prospect entering the UFC with a professional 8-2 record in 2018, Cifers would make his UFC debut at short notice in a fight against fellow UFC newcomer Maycee Barber. Cifers would lose his promotional debut via TKO but would win his second UFC appearance in UFC 235. Five months later, Cifers would collapse Jodie Esquibel at UFC 241.
Apparently finding his rhythm, Cifers looked to continue his winning streak by facing Angela’s Overkill Hill in January of this year. Hill would prove to be too much for the twenty-nine-year-old Embrace Martial Arts fighter, finishing her with strikes in the second round. In May, Cifers would fall to Mackenzie Dern per submission and would be submitted twice more this year against Maria agapova and Mallory martin.
In 2022, Cifers must do something. Whether it’s his ground game workshop to make a comeback in 2023 or re-enter the Octagon and win a big win, “Shockwave” must take a big step forward in 2022.
1. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Pro Record: 12-7, UFC 5-7)
The old one Karolina Kowalkiewicz, KSW Flyweight Champion made his UFC debut in 2015. Jumping to a 3-0 record in his first three Octagon appearances, Kowalkiewicz challenged Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the UFC Strawweight title at UFC 205. Failed to make the 25-minute contest, Kowalkiewicz would give up a first-round submission loss to Cláudia Gadelha at UFC 212. Poland’s Kowalkiewicz has enjoyed success in her next two outings against Jodie Esquibel and Felice herrig but would give up five straight losses from September 2018 to his last fight at UFC 265 against Jessica penne.