In the last 12 months, you cannot deny that the 155 pounds category has seen an increase in business. The lightweight division of the UFC can provide some sensational drama during the second half of 2019. Within the last two years, it seemed like the division was at a complete standstill due to the inactivity from Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Conor McGregor.
However, there are loads of reasons on the horizon that this could change considerably going forward. This is especially true when you look at Cerrone’s remarkable win against Iaquinta on Saturday evening. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what could take place in the lightweight division going forward.
Donald Cerrone vs Conor McGregor in July
This was a fight that needed to take place in January following Cerrone’s move to the lightweight division for the first time in over two years. It didn’t happen for him. However, it’s the perfect time for it right now. Conor McGregor is still considered the biggest superstar within the UCF, and Donald Cerrone is currently holding the most victories in the history of the promotion. There’s an extensive history between the two fighters that goes back to January. If McGregor is interested in a rematch against Khabib, a victory against Cerrone will get him there.
Dustin Poirier vs Khabib Nurmagomedov in September
This fight has been in the works since 7 September for UFC in Abu Dhabi. Poirier has solidified himself as one of the biggest threats in the lightweight division and has the interim title that will guarantee a shot at the next title. Nurmagomedov has also stated that he is ready to go ahead with the fight and will be considered the favourite to win the match. However, no one should underestimate Poirier should this fight occur.
Justin Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson in July
The only thing that comes to mind when we think of a fight between Gaethje and Ferguson is pure chaos. Ferguson deserves a title fight this year. He has managed to win 11 consecutive, and the only reason he is unable to fight for an undisputed title is due to his unfortunate knee injury that occurred in 2018. Ferguson has absolutely nothing to prove when it comes to being a title contender. However, Poirier jumped the gun, and there’s no arguing that at the moment.
Anthony Pettis vs Nate Diaz in August
This might come as a surprise to you, but these two fighters have been looking at a clash since 2013. Unfortunately, the timing has never been perfect, until now of course. The best thing about this fight is that it can happen at 170 pounds. Both fighters have previously fought at this weight class, and it would be perfect for both of them to continue down this path. Like most fights on this list, the pre-match build-up is going to be very entertaining to watch.