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- Ediane Gomes
- Larissa Pacheco
- Miriam Nakamoto
- Honorable Mention: Cris "Cyborg" Justino, Gina Carano
Yes, I added an honorable mention. That's because Cris Cyborg does not have a 135-pound fight set in stone and Gina Carano, though in discussions with UFC, does not have a fight booked, nor has she fought in a long time.
So, I included the three best women not in the UFC who have a fight booked or are already in the division.
Formerly ranked in the top three at featherweight, Ediane Gomes has dropped to 135 pounds and will fight Tonya Evinger at Invicta 8. If the skills translate from 145 to 135, Gomes is going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Larissa Pacheco is just 19 years old and is already a top prospect in MMA. She is well-rounded, aggressive and powerful, a trademark that has led her to a 10-0 record thus far as a pro.
Miriam Nakamoto is coming off a knee injury suffered in her Invicta title fight with now-UFC fighter Lauren Murphy, but before getting injured, she looked like she could have been on her way to a title win. Her muay thai is top-of-the-line and she has some of the most brutal knees in all of MMA. If you don't believe me, watch pretty much any MMA fight she has been in.
These three women, plus Cyborg and Carano, could really bolster the UFC's 135-pound roster.