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Old 01-11-2014, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Top 10 MMA lightweights: The right to fight ‘Showtime’

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Please note that the lightweight rankings were last updated on April 1, 2013 (no April Fools) and those rankings will be listed in parenthesis:

~ 1 (3) ~

Anthony Pettis

He maybe injured but Anthony “Showtime” Pettis definitely earned the title in fine fashion at UFC 164 by submitting Benson Henderson. While he is recovering from knee surgery we can expect a challenger for him to rise among the elite in the lightweight division.

~ 2 (2) ~

Gilbert Melendez

Though he lost to Benson Henderson in April, Gilbert Melendez’s brawl with Diego Sanchez made a statement without a doubt. After a performance like that one could make a case for Melendez to get granted a title shot against new Champion Anthony Pettis.

~ 3 (1) ~

Benson Henderson

Henderson’s win in April against Gilbert Melendez was eclipsed by his title loss to Pettis at UFC 164. However, a win against Josh Thomson would be one step towards another title shot and possible rubber match. Another factor is the other contenders in the division as well.

~ 4 (10) ~

T.J. Grant

Injuries sidelined both Anthony Pettis and T.J. Grant from their anticipated match at the last UFC on Fox this year. Hope he doesn’t get anymore concussions that prevent his competition anytime soon. He’s still considered a top contender for the belt to say the least.

~ 5 (5) ~

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz’s 2013 didn’t start well when he was finished by Josh Thomson but then turned around and finished Gray Maynard in the TUF 18 Finale. Though he has expressed interest in moving back up to welterweight there’s no official word on when that would be.

~ 6 (7) ~

Jim Miller

Officially Jim Miller went undefeated this last year with a win at UFC 168 and a no contest against Pat Healy at UFC 159 back in April.

~ 7 (8) ~

Eddie Alvarez

Eddie Alvarez returned to Bellator into a title fight and took the belt that was first his. Either he rematches Michael Chandler or faces a tournament winner in either Dave Jansen or Will Brooks.

~ 8 (4) ~

Michael Chandler

More then likely Michael Chandler will be facing Eddie Alvarez for a chance to get his belt back and possibly on Bellator’s first pay per view.

~ 9 (N/A) ~

Josh Thomson

Josh Thomson’s only post Strikeforce fight last year was his win against Nate Diaz. He now faces former champion Benson Henderson.

~ 10 (6) ~

Gray Maynard

There’s a reason why “The Bully” dropped to barely on the rankings as Gray Maynard went 0-2 this year to brutal technical knockouts.

Stay tuned for the continued rankings updates and the next round of the Best of 2013 Top 10′s. Leave a comment to voice your opinion!
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Henderson will NOT get a rubber match. He may get a third trial against a fighter he already lost twice to.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How can Maynard, who has won 1 of his last 5 fights, be ranked above guys like Nurmagomedov or Dos Anjos who have won 5 in a row, or Barboza who is 7-1 in the ufc.
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It's not a rubber match when Benson has lost twice now, especially considering that he got finished impressively in his last outing. I hope Grant get's a shot some day.

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I thank you for the input and with Grant we will have to see what happens.
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1. Anthony Pettis, Undisputed number one LW in the world in whats widely regarded as the toughest division in MMA.

2. Benson Henderson, Another no brainer. He beat Gilbert Melendez resently enough to cement a ranking above Gil.

3. Gilbert Melendez, Wile some fans praise his reckless abandon that made the Sanchez fight exciting, I cant help but think he would have been better served by rolling the dice a little less.

4. Eddie Alvarez, I just wish he was in the UFC so I could rank him higher.

5. T.J. Grant, He's the working class fighter. He's also the LW Yushin Okami and thats bad mm k.

6. Josh Thomson, Overlooked? His win over Diaz was not a fluke Thomson has game, might not have enough game to beat Gil but hay only a select few can claim that accomplishment.

7. Nate Diaz, Nate is a solid fighter but he dose have a few L to his record. He is riding a impressive stoppage of Marnard.

8. Jim Miller Some may say he's lost a step but Miller is a monster and he's never looked better. On his way back up Miller is looking to prove he's made the adjustments needed to beat the elite fighters at LW.

9. Rafael dos Anjos, With a string of wins its hard not to rank him top ten.

10. Khabib Nurmagomedov, With his own string of wins, he's put himself in the spotlight.

Thats just my take on it.
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Any reason to not include Chandler in there Slap?

Benson is the #2 in my book but still doesn't deserve a 3rd shot at Pettis. Not yet anyways. Only hope he has to becoming champ again is if Pettis loses, or gets injured and vacates.

Wouldn't have Diaz so high (in the OP), he sits around 7/8 for me and needs a top 5 opponent.

Really wish Alvarez and Chandler were in the UFC
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Pettis deserved to be #1
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Any reason to not include Chandler in there Slap?

Benson is the #2 in my book but still doesn't deserve a 3rd shot at Pettis. Not yet anyways. Only hope he has to becoming champ again is if Pettis loses, or gets injured and vacates.

Wouldn't have Diaz so high (in the OP), he sits around 7/8 for me and needs a top 5 opponent.

Really wish Alvarez and Chandler were in the UFC
Its hard for me to rank anyone outside the UFC (at LW) very high, I rank Eddie because we know he's deserving of a top ten status but with the way the winds change in this sport you really need to be in the UFC to land in the top of the ranking IMO.

At lightweight the UFC has so much talent, it just makes it almost impossible to rank fighters outside the UFC on merit.

If you put him in the lower half of the top ten I wouldn't have a problem with it.
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That's the reason why both Alvarez and Chandler are ranked where they are on this list.
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