UFC LW title picture

He’s obviously not surrounding himself with good people.

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Obviously

Upcoming fights for fightmatrix top 100 ranked fighters:

UFC
Oliveira vs Makhachev for the title
Dariush vs Gamrot
Poirier vs Chandler
Moicano vs Riddell
Azaitar vs Frevola
Hooker vs Puelles
Johnson vs Diakiese
Guida vs Holtzman
Hernandez vs Quarantillo

Bellator:
Henderson vs Queally
Picollotti vs Barnaoui
Patricky vs Usman for the title
AJ McKee vs Carlyle
Mamedov vs Browne
Rogers vs Wilde

ACA
Vartanyan vs Raisov

PFL finals:
Ray vs Aubin-Mercier

KSW
Ziolkowski vs Parnasse for the title

ONE
Nastyukhin vs Amir

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Over Your Head Dodge GIF by Jeremy Speed Schwartz

So now with these fights booked Coker came out today and announced an 8-man LW GP for 2023. I had said in another thread I was 99% sure he would do this LW GP but I thought it would be a 16-man to be honest and I didn’t expect it to be announces so soon. Guess they did not want a GP taking too long but the only reason the FW 16 man took so long was the pacing. PRIDE, PFL etc… have shown you can do four rounds of fights pretty quick if you book it that way.

Anyway, saw in a recent interview that GSP said LW was the deepest division in the sport right now. GSP knows whats up.

Tsaryukyan vs Ismagulov has been booked for Dec 17th.

Interesting we have seen Tsarukyan vs Gamrot and Ismagulov now. Gamrot vs Kutateladze as well and Kutateladze vs Ismagulov also.

Gamrot has advanced out of it into this huge fight with Dariush I expect a winner in this Tsarukyan fight to maybe get something big too.

For sure got some big UFC LW fights coming up here this fall, especially these six:
Oliveira vs Makhachev for the title
Dariush vs Gamrot
Poirier vs Chandler
Tsarukyan vs Ismagulov
Moicano vs Riddell
Hooker vs Puelles

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ONE LW champ Christian Lee is also headed up to WW for a champ vs champ fight vs Abbasov on Nov 18th.

So now we got UFC, Bellator, ONE, KSW, champs all in title fights this fall plus the PFL LW finals and some other great fights booked as well like McKee’s LW debut, Barnaoui’s Bellator debut and the Dariush and Chandler fights and Coker just announced the Bellator LW GP.

My God this mma knowledge!

Very funny Tim, very funny. I just pay attention to the upcoming fights at fightmatrix and announced at mmajunkie for LW because MMA is my favorite sport by a mile and LW is my favorite division by a mile so while everyone else is thinking of the favorite football and basketball games coming up this fall I ignore that shit 100% and look forward to stuff like the big Bellator and UFC LW fights. Plus I’m drinking coffee and have and have been up since 1 am with insomnia, haha.

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Hopefully you get some sleep!

Frustrated Fainting GIF

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Unless Poirier has regressed, Chandler is pretty close to a tailor made opponent for him.

Realistically speaking, with all the up-and-coming talent at LW, I think both guys time near the top of the division are very limited.

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It is nuts to think that longtime training partners Khabib and Islam are a combined 24-1 in the UFC and 51-1 in MMA overall.

A bold statement from the American Kickboxing Academy head coach, who also trained former UFC lightweight champion and Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov. But when breaking down all the skills and disciplines, Mendez says no one matches Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC).

“You don’t know what you’re dealing with until you’re dealing with him,” Mendez told Submission Radio. “That’s what everybody that’s dealt with Islam, they thought they could do better, until they get in there and they didn’t. He is so well-rounded. I am going on record saying as the lightweight, he is hands down the No. 1 of all time, best in all areas.

“No. 1 of all time, Islam Makhachev. Best defense, best striking, best everywhere. The best all-around athlete. Way, way back in the day I thought it was Frank Shamrock that was the best well-rounded athlete, and he was in all divisions. But in the lightweight division, for me, the person that’s the best-rounded in every single area is Islam Makhachev.”

Nurmagomedov, who is Makhachev’s mentor, is widely regarded as the most dominant force in UFC history. He retired as an undefeated and undisputed lightweight champion, who never faced adversity inside the octagon. However, Mendez says the only man to ever give him trouble in a practice room is Makhachev.

“In all the history, since 2012, since Khabib’s been doing sparring with me in front of my eyes, there has been nobody that’s ever taken a round from him,” Mendez said. “No one’s ever won a sparring session. Not a sparring session with Khabib ever. Except one man. Islam. He’s the only one that has won rounds from Khabib. Never won a session, but he’s won rounds. And I’ve never seen that. So, obviously, when Khabib talks about the next heir, he’s not saying something that he’s trying to make up and make people believe.

“He knows, like I know, how good his Islam is. That’s why he’s so confident in what he’s saying. Khabib’s not known to say something that he doesn’t mean. And he means it, I mean it. And now it’s time for Islam to go out there and shine and let everybody know what Khabib already knows and I know, that he’s the best right now. He is the best. And we have to prove it and we will prove it.”

In other ONE LW news, former 3 weight ONE champ Martin Nguyen fights Freymanov at LW tonight.

I see Nastyukhin has actually moved up to WW for this fight tonight per tapology.

One more thing on those four fighters. I see Gamrot is ranked 9, Tsarukyan 10 and Ismagulov 11.

No ranking for Kutateladeze who beat #9 Gamrot in his UFC debut and then just dropped a split decision to Ismagulov.

Tony is one a five fight losing streak meanwhile Ismagulov is 5-0 in UFC and has not lost a fight in seven years! Yet they are ranked close to one another?

So Kutateladze can beat #9 and not get ranked but Tony can stay ranked while he has not beat a top 15 ranked fighter in five years and is on a 0-5 streak? These are not “all time” rankings but 2022 rankings.

Looking at the current top 15 UFC LW rankings it is very clear that Conor, Tony and Hooker are in the rankings based on fights they won years and years ago. Its been years since Hooker has won a big fight as well.

These are the 2022 rankings, not the 2017 rankings or all time rankings. There is a reason I don’t look at UFC rankings very often.

Halil Amir was only the 357th ranked LW yesterday and he just upset Nastyukhin who was the man who KOed Alvarez less than a year after he had beat Gaethje and Nastyukhin has also recently fought for the ONE LW title.

Ilya Fremanov was only the 272nd ranked LW yesterday and he just upset Nguyen who is a former 2 division ONE champ who had also competed for and lost a close SD in his bid for a 3 weight class title.

Two big upsets there.

I can’t believe I haven’t checked out this thread before, you guys are legends for the information dropped in here.

Thank you all for your time and efforts, it’s appreciated.

Why do you keep saying Conner & title shot in the same sentence? Thats absolute rubbish.

I’d like to see fights booked for Pimblett, Dawson, Madsen etc… soon. Expect all three of those guys to make some waves in that UFC LW division in 2023.

I see 2x PFL champ Natan Schulte now fights Stephens on the PFL finals. Davi Ramos is now in ACA and fighting Kokov.

Upcoming fights for fightmatrix top 100 ranked fighters:

UFC
Oliveira vs Makhachev for the title
Dariush vs Gamrot
Poirier vs Chandler
Moicano vs Riddell
Azaitar vs Frevola
Hooker vs Puelles
Johnson vs Diakiese
Guida vs Holtzman
Hernandez vs Quarantillo

Bellator:
Henderson vs Queally winner: Henderson
Picollotti vs Barnaoui
Patricky vs Usman for the title
AJ McKee vs Carlyle winner: McKee
Mamedov vs Browne winner Mamedov
Rogers vs Wilde

ACA
Vartanyan vs Raisov
Ramos vs Kokov

PFL finals:
Ray vs Aubin-Mercier
Stephens vs Schulte

KSW
Ziolkowski vs Parnasse for the title

ONE
Nastyukhin vs Amir winner Amir