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  1. UFC Lightweight Division
  2. UFC Lightweight Champion
  3. UFC Lightweight Rankings
  4. UFC Weight Divisions


UFC Lightweight Division


The Lightweight Division in MMA contains different weight classes. The UFC Lightweight Division, in particular, limits fighters within 146-155 lb (66-70 kg). The UFC Lightweight Division is between the Featherweight and Welterweight Division. The current UFC Lightweight Division is also considered as one of the most stacked UFC Weight Classes.Β 


UFC Lightweight Champion


The current Undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion is Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib announced his retirement at UFC 254 after defeating Interim Champion Justin Gaethje but has not yet vacated his title.


Khabib Nurmagomedov has vacated the UFC Lightweight Championship after officially announcing his retirement.


Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will face each other for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.


UFC Lightweight Rankings 2021


Prior to UFC 31 in 2001, the Lightweight Title was known as the Bantamweight Title. The Strikeforce Lightweight Title was seemingly unified with the UFC Lightweight Title on April 20, 2013, when Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez.


The UFC Lightweight Title has been held by the likes of Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Eddie Alvarez throughout the years. At UFC 205, Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor won the Lightweight Title after defeating Eddie Alvarez via TKO and became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.


At UFC 223, Khabib Nurmagomedov became the Lightweight Champion after defeating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision. Khabib went onto defend the title against Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje and tied the record for the most title defences in the division along with Benson Henderson.


ο»ΏHe announced his retirement at UFC 254, though the title is yet to be vacated. Dana White confirmed on March 18th, 2021 that Khabib has officially retired and vacated the title and Michael Chandler will face Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.


Latest Updates on Different UFC Weight Classes


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionVacant---
1Dustin Poirier27-6, 1 NCDefeated Conor McGregorConor McGregor (UFC 264)
2Justin Gaethje22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovTBD
3Charles Oliveira30-8, 1NCDefeated Tony FergusonMichael Chandler (UFC 262- for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship)
4Michael Chandler22-5Defeated Dan HookerCharles Oliveira (UFC 262- for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship)
5Tony Ferguson25-5Lost to Charles OliveiraBeneil Dariush (UFC 262)
6Conor McGregor22-5Lost to Dustin PoirierDustin Poirier (UFC 264)
7Rafael Dos Anjos30-13Defeated Paul FelderTBD
8Dan Hooker20-10Lost to Michael ChandlerTBD
9Beneil Dariush20-4-1Defeated Carlos Diego FerreiraTony Ferguson (UFC 262)
10Paul Felder17-6Lost to Rafael dos AnjosTBD
10Islam Makhachev19-1Defeated Drew DoberTBD
12Gregor Gillespie14-1Defeated Carlos Diego FerreiraTBD
13Kevin Lee18-6Lost to Charles OliveiraTBD
14Carlos Diego Ferreira17-4Lost to Gregor GillespieTBD
15Drew Dober23-10, 1 NCLost to Islam MakhachevBrad Riddell (UFC 263)


UFC Weight Divisions


Men

  1. Heavyweight
  2. Light Heavyweight
  3. Middleweight
  4. Welterweight
  5. Lightweight
  6. Featherweight
  7. Bantamweight
  8. Flyweight


Women

  1. Featherweight
  2. Bantamweight
  3. Flyweight
  4. Strawweight


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