Hello Lightweight, my old friend. What a great time to be a UFC fan. Then again, when is it not? Through all the years of competitors, different Zuffa owners and an explosive evolution of the world’s fastest growing sport, one axiom has remained consistent — the lightweight division (147lbs – 156lbs) has always been the bracket with the most depth. The players change, but the game continues to thrive with an endless supply of talent.
In this writing, let us examine the current state of the ever-talented UFC lightweight Top 10. And, take an in-depth look at the upper echelon of the weight class. With any luck, the title picture and notable contenders will become easier to identify.
Then the entire division will make better sense, right?
10. James Vick
The Texecutioner is probably the MOST underrated person on this list. At 9-1 in the UFC, he rides a four-fight win streak with three of those four coming via stoppage. Vick has long been outspoken about being passed over for opportunities to fight a Top 10 opponent and has accused many of them of avoiding him.
He finally got his wish when Iaquinta withdrew from his scheduled bout with Gaethje, and he will face a Top 10 ranked opponent for the first time on August 25th in the UFC Lincoln Main Event.