Lightweight has always been one of the most exciting weight classes in MMA. From the beginnings with Jens Pulver and BJ Penn, through a brief hiatus following Pulver’s dispute with UFC, to Penn’s triumphant return and title reign, the 155-pounders have consistently delivered awesome fights. And who can forget Frankie Edgar, WEC’s Benson Henderson and Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis, to Pride’s Takanori Gomi.
Lightweights all over the world could be counted on to display MMA skill and violence, and in the recent years the division revolved around the shenanigans of Ireland’s Conor McGregor, and the unrivaled dominance of Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov. With Khabib retired and McGregor faded from the title picture for the foreseeable future, this division is currently wide open under the watch of new champion Charles Oliveira. With Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and Justin Gaethje among the top contenders, lightweights are sure to keep enterntaining us in the coming year.
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