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 Conor McGregor - the UFC’s biggest star - currently resides. You could draw top-10 names out of a hat and end up with an amazing scrap every time.
Physically, 155 has it all. Guys at this weight class regularly walk around at 170 pounds - big enough to do serious damage. But they are also ridiculously fast and athletic - think of guys like Darren Sproles or Isaiah Thomas, who would be fighting in this division had they become MMA fighters.
Let’s take a deeper look into the most competitive division in the world. Remember, you can bet on your favorite fighters with the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu.
UFC Lightweight Division top 10 fighters
Weight Limit: 155 pounds
Average Height: 69.8” (5’9.8”)
Average Reach: 71.8” (5’11.8”)
Current UFC Rankings (As of June 1, 2017)
Champion: Conor McGregor
1. Khabib Nurmagomedov
2. Tony Ferguson
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Edson Barboza
5. Rafael Dos Anjos
6. Michael Johnson
7. Michael Chiesa
8. Nate Diaz
9. Dustin Poirier
10. Beneil Dariush
11. Al Iaquinta
12. Kevin Lee
13. Evan Dunham
14. Gilbert Melendez
15. Francisco Trinaldo
It’s tough to look at the lightweight rankings today and not be frustrated. The best division in the UFC has been in a holding pattern while its champion, Conor McGregor, chases a fight with Floyd Mayweather. What’s more, Nate Diaz, the division’s next biggest star, doesn’t seem all too interested in fighting anymore. The division is still plenty competitive, but a lot less interesting without these two dudes around.
MMA Odds and Ends
Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa manufactured a grudge match out of thin air when they unexpectedly went at each other’s throats at a recent UFC press conference. Props to them - there’s now some interest where there was barely any before. Currently, the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu show Lee as a slight -120 favorite, with the higher-ranked Chiesa at +100. Should the No. 12 Lee beat the No. 7 Chiesa, he vaults into the contender mix.
Fighters to Watch
Can Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson just fight already? I know they’ve failed on three separate occasions to make it happen, but that’s the most important fight the UFC can make. “The Eagle” is still sidelined from his drastic weight cut, but is there anybody else you’d rather see him fight than the hot-headed Ferguson?
Best Knockout Artist: Conor McGregor. His left cross is a goddamned nuclear weapon for sure. But what makes him special is the timing and accuracy of his punches. The Irishman makes it look so easy, weaving through attacks and dropping guys with laser-guided punches. Love him or hate him, his killshot power is undeniable.
Best Wrestler: Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Russian’s wrestling is as good as McGregor’s striking. He can overwhelm good fighters with his strength for brutal takedowns. But it doesn’t stop there. His ability to advance position and trap limbs in the process is downright scary.
Best Wildcard: Tony Ferguson. Fighting “El Cucuy” must feel like fighting Taz from Looney Tunes. He is an absolute hurricane of offense, throwing spinning strikes, somersaulting for leg locks and slinging whatever comes to mind. The best part is his endless gas tank - he never stops pressing forward until opponents wilt.
The GreatsB.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.
The Future of Lightweight
With McGregor in this division, this will likely be one of the spotlight divisions for as long as the Irishman stays put. And that is a great thing, since this is by far the deepest talent pool in the UFC. Guys here deserve the limelight, and fans have a number of thrilling matches to look forward to.
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