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My Top Five: Lightweight Fighters In the UFC

Posted in Top Five Fighters in Each UFC Weight Class with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

1. Kenny “Kenflo” Florian     kenny-florian1

OK, I know, what the heck am I thinking? Well, Florian has had very impressive and decisive victories over Joe Lauzon, Roger Huerta, and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  His only two losses in the UFC are to Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk and Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez.  I realize that I have Florian ranked higher than both of these other fighters now as well, and that’s simply because Florian has improved all aspects of his fight game exponentially since his last loss to Sherk. 

I believe that Florian will beat Penn at UFC 101, and I really think that Florian would beat either Sherk or Sanchez if given the opportunity.

2. BJ Penn     bj-penn-21

Penn is a fantastic fighter, the only problem is he can’t decide who he wants to fight or at what weight class.  I feel that Penn is possibly over-rated for this spot, I think that Diego would really give Penn a run for his money if they were to fight each other.  But, Penn has faced stiffer competition in St.Pierre, Hughes, and Sherk.  The only problem is he lost to St.Pierre and Hughes on numerous occasions.  Time will tell just how good Penn really is.

3. Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez     diego-sanchez-21

Sanchez is a new arrival to the Lightweight division.  He had a lot of success at Welterweight, until he met Koscheck and Fitch.  Koscheck fought the perfect fight, and Fitch won by split-decision.  I anticipate Sanchez being very successful as a Lightweight.  I expect him to beat Clay “The Carpenter” Guida in his next fight, and I would anticipate a rematch between him and Florian in the not too distant future. 

4. Clay “The Carpenter” Guida     clay-guida1

Guida is a wild card in this spot, he has been on a pretty good run as of late, beating Nate Diaz and Mac Danzig in his last two fights.  He does have a couple of losses to some notable fighters (Din Thomas, Tyson Griffin, and Roger Huerta) however was competitive in those fights.  If Guida can control himself a little more in the ring and become a little more technical as a striker he could be a real contender.  I like the passion and the ferocity of Guida, but I don’t see him staying at the top too much longer, perhaps a loss to Sanchez and a Greg Maynard win will spell the end of this run for Guida.  Or, perhaps not, this is the UFC and stranger things have happend.

5. Frank “The Answer” Edgar

Well, well, well.   Edgar really had the answer for a formidable foe in Shawn Sherk.  With Edgars win over Sherk he knocks Sherk right out of this list probably down to eight.  Perhaps Sherk has the physical tools to beat Edgar, but he proved he doesn’t have any ability to formulate a decent gameplan.  Edgar on the other hand looked as though he anticipated a standup battle with Sherk, and looked very impressive on his feet.  Edgar also sports a very good wrestling pedigree.  Some might think that Edgar is too small to fight at lightweight and should perhaps drop down a weight class.  Hog wash if you ask me, he is beating some of the best fighters in this already stacked division.

Edgar has wins now over Sean Sherk, Hermes Franca, Spencer Fisher, and Tyson Griffin.  Edgars only loss is thanks to Gray Maynard a superior wrestler, and a complete monster at 155.  Maynard will no doubt appear on this board, probably sooner than later, but until then this ranking is for Edgars superb unanimous decision victory over Sean “dont know my own strengths” Sherk.