Usman and Christian are both still just 24. Parnasse just turned 25 on December 4th. They are all LW champions and hold 3/7 of the sport’s most prestigious LW titles. Two of them are also dual weight champs, Parnasse is the FW/LW champ and Lee is the LW/WW champ.
Why is it such a big deal there were three 24 year old LW champs in December and now three LW champs 25 or younger? Well its a big deal simply because there are not even any other 24 or 25 year olds among the top 100 ranked LW’s in the world let alone holding any of the other seven most prestigious LW titles (UFC, Bellator, PFL, ACA, ONE, KSW, RIZIN).
The top 5 ranked LW’s in the PFL, ONE, KSW are all between 28-33 years old. Same with the top 5 LW’s in ACA besides Tiger Sarnavsky who happens to be 34. Right outside the range.
All the other top 5 ranked LW’s in Bellator are between 28-33 as well besides Bendo who is 39. Same with ONE Championship.
All the top 10 ranked LW’s in the UFC are in the 28-33 range as well besides Gaethje and Dustin who are right outside the range at 34 and Chandler is 36.
There are a few 26 and 27 year olds in the top 100 rankings like Tsarukyan, McKee, Gustavo etc… but not many. Yeah there are a few LW’s in the top 100 like Chandler and Bendo who are 36 or 39 but again, not many, they are outliers.
The vast majority of top 100 ranked LWs are between 28-33 years old and somehow we just had three 24 year old champs in December despite the fact there are not even any other 24 year olds ranked in the top 100. Somehow the only three 24 year olds ranked in the top 100 all managed to become champ in a division dominated by fighters with an average age of around 30.
Christian Lee was still just 20 when he first won the ONE LW title from Aoki who had just turned 36 earlier in the month.
Usman and Parnasse just won the titles when 24 but Panasse first won the FW title when he was just 19. Lee almost won the FW ONE title when he was 19 or 20 but came up short losing a split decision.