It’s a well-known fact that the lightweight division is the most loaded weight class in the UFC. There is an embarrassment of riches at 155 pounds, and it’s also where you could draw top-10 names out of a hat and end up with an amazing scrap every time.
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Weight Limit: 155 pounds
Average Height: 69.8” (5’9.8”)
Average Reach: 71.8” (5’11.8”)
It remains to be seen if Conor McGregor will come back to defend his title, but the lightweight division will attempt to move on in the meantime. Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will square off for the interim championship at UFC 216 on October 7. There’s no question that “El Cucuy” is deserving of a title shot, but it’s a bummer that it’s not coming against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally returning to the octagon, meeting No. 3 Edson Barboza in a pivotal lightweight matchup. Expect the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu to open with Nurmagomedov as a favorite, though it’s an exceptionally dangerous matchup against a fighter who can end the fight at any moment.
As always, the lightweight division is brimming with talent. We’re all waiting for a Justin Gaethje encore after his insane UFC debut with Michael Johnson. Nate Diaz is still lurking out there somewhere. Kevin Lee got tuned up by Tony Ferguson, but looked good until a staph infection got the better of his cardio. You could pick top-15 names out of a hat and put together amazing matchups at 155.
UFC Lightweight Champion: Conor McGregor
1. Tony Ferguson (Interim Champion)
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Edson Barboza
4. Eddie Alvarez
5 Justin Gaethje
6. Nate Diaz
7. Kevin Lee
8. Dustin Poirier
9. Michael Johnson
10. Michael Chiesa
11. Al Iaquinta
12. Beneil Dariush
13. Anthony Pettis
14. Evan Dunham
15. Francisco Trinaldo
B.J. Penn is the first name that comes to mind when talking about the best lightweights in UFC history. One of only three men to win titles in two division, “The Prodigy” was easily one of the promotion’s most popular champions.
Conor McGregor has hinted at a future title unification bout with Tony Ferguson, but with one big stipulation: co-promotion. That’s something that Dana White has never budged on in the past, but he’s also never had a star as big as McGregor. As compelling as the unification bout would be, the impending fight between McGregor and WME-IMG has much bigger implications.
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