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5 Greatest UFC Lightweight Championship Fights Ever

R. Nath
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:57 IST

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor
UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Today, the UFC Lightweight division is undeniably the most stacked in the UFC. It's a division full of absolute killers and has been that way for a long time. However, the newer crop of talent over the past few years have proven to be elite level and there's no division more stacked than the 155-pound one.

What makes the Lightweight division great is that you have a mix of power punchers and fast punchers too. It all depends on what you prefer, but there's likely no division with the same kind of output.

Even dating back to a few years ago, the Lightweight division was prestigious and has one of the most incredible lineage of champions ever. Whether it's Khabib Nurmagomedov establishing dominance, Conor McGregor becoming a double champion, legends like Anthony Pettis and Frankie Edgar back in their prime, the 155-pound belt has always been represented by the very best in the sport. With that said, let's look at the greatest Lightweight championship fights in UFC history.

#5 Anthony Pettis (c) vs Rafael Dos Anjos - UFC 185

UFC 185: Pettis vs Dos Anjos
UFC 185: Pettis vs Dos Anjos

Anthony Pettis defeated Benson Henderson for the second time in his career to secure the UFC Lightweight Championship. The first time, they went the distance, but the second time, being in Pettis' hometown of Milwaukee, he would submit Henderson in the first round.

His first title defence was against Gilbert Melendez, and he would submit him with ease by round 2 of their fight, making his first successful title defence. Fans and critics believed that Pettis was the future, and poised for a long run on the top as Lightweight King.

Rafael Dos Anjos, however, thought otherwise. He would face Pettis at UFC 185 and would dominate him for a good part of the fight, making for an incredible bout. He managed to secure a comfortable unanimous decision victory, dethroning Pettis to become the new Lightweight champion.

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