The most exciting weightclass this year are the lightweights. If you nod your head in agreement, feel free to stop reading, otherwise continue down the rabbit hole. Apostille NYC
The last year and a half or so could have been argued the rise of the Lightheavyweight era. We had spectacular fights from Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell (mostly the fall of Chuck), Rich Franklin, and a cameo by Anderson Silva against James Irvin. We saw the belt passed around like it was a game of hot potato, between the Iceman, to Jackson, to Griffin, to Evans, and finally to Lyoto Machida. However, a lot of those great fights are now behind us, with only a few left on paper that I’m excited to see. Fight Night Champion PC
The lightweight division on the other hand has so much talent, and so many great matches to come, more so than I think many casual fans realize.
This past fight night we saw a hungry Joe Stevenson that impressed me immensely, and I would say pulled the upset against Nate Diaz. Joe Stevenson finally realized he couldn’t box, and stuck to his grappling, which I always thought was top notch. We also saw the debut of Diego Sanchez against the always game Clay “So easy a caveman can do it” Guida, and my jaw dropped during most of the first round, then it re-dropped in the second round. Then somehow they both had enough stamina to go a for a furious 3rd round. It was like I was watching a real-life Dragonball Z show (much better than the actual sorry excuse for a Dragonball Movie). The pace was so intense, you had to wonder what did they smoke, Dubai Web Design Company and where can I get some? Is anyone else just as excited for a Ben Stiller…er, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez rematch? And of course everyone’s favorite angry Hawaiian BJ Penn. Rumor has it that BJ Penn fused his DNA with rubber so that he’s as flexible as Mr. Fantastic himself, and if you can forget the complete man-handling by GSP, BJ Penn has been dominating the octagon for some time now. BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian has the potential to be fight of the night, or perhaps of the year. Then the winner gets to take on Diego, and if I knew I had to fight Diego, I would start getting my cardio into shape ASAP, because that dude can’t stop and won’t stop.
Then there’s still the other quality opponents in the UFC lightweight division. They still have guys like Sean Sherk, Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Tyson Griffin. Though these guys aren’t finishers, you’d better believe that they’re good to go. If Roger Huerta makes it back, he too is in the mix. And then there’s the always improving Joe Lauzon. It may seem like I’m just naming names, but all of these fighters are top of the line.
Now let’s take a look at some lightweights outside of the UFC. You have guys like Josh Thomson, who will hopefully fight some time soon, Eddie Alvarez, Joachim Hansen, Tatsuya Kawajiri, JZ Calvacante, and Shinya Aoki, all of who are guaranteed to put on a show. Great guys that hopefully will get to fight some of the UFC talent sooner or later. I would like to add Gomi to the list, but he has to show what he’s made of at Affliction III.