The lightweight division is arguably the most stacked division in the UFC, hosting a variety of big names like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier and the most famous fighter across all of MMA and maybe even combat sports in general, Conor McGregor, as well as being home to many new comers who could very well be champions somewhere down the line.
The division is in a very exciting state at the moment, with Charles Oliveira defeating Tony Ferguson in dominant fashion and taking his place in the top 5, and with Dustin Poirier taking on Conor McGregor in January of 2021 this could create a very fun and interesting matchup mid next year although there is a potential holdup.
Khabib Nurmagomedov retired after his bout with Justin Gaethje but is yet to relinquish the title, and UFC president Dana White intends to meet with Khabib and convince the Russian to fight one more time. Although Nurmagomedov has stated on numerous occasions that he is retired and intends to stay that why, White believes he can be very persuasive and is thought to appeal to ‘The Eagles’ legacy, perhaps tempting him with a super fight against George St Pierre, a fight which Khabib’s late father Abdulmanap really wanted. All we can do is wait and see if Khabib will attempt to reach perfect 30-0 record.
However, things don’t seem so pleasant for Ferguson, who is now riding a his first ever losing streak on the history of his career, some say this due to the decline of Tony’s overall fight game and age others will simply say Oliveira was a tough opponent and dominated Ferguson simply because he was the better man that night. Regardless Tony is on a losing streak and is risking his place in the top 5 if he doesn’t get a win under his belt next year, a scrap with Paul Felder, a rematch with RDA or even the winner of Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler comes to mind, all fight make sense for the UFC veteran who still believes he has what it takes to capture UFC gold.
Justin Gaethje suffered a pretty one sided loss in his title bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier in the year, the #1 contender previously dismantled Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight strap in may, in what as 25 minutes of pure destruction. Gaethje is yet to return to the octagon since his bout with Khabib although he is definitely in the title picture he feels as though he needs to get a win to his name before fighting for the title again, no opponent has been confirmed for Gaethje as of yet, altough with Conor McGregor facing off against Dustin Poirier in January 2021 and Charles Oliveria coming off a dominant victory ‘The Highlight’ has many options to choose from.
The Lightweight division is more exciting to watch now then it has ever been before with so many big names, and even more up and comers hungry for their shot at the title and so many fantastic match ups coming up in the future, the lightweight division is truly the division to watch.