The MMASucka crew selects their favorite lightweight battles
This weekend at UFC 281, the world will be treated to another lightweight match for the ages. Dustin Poirier finally Michael Chandler The pair compete for a chance to become the number one contender in the division.
With yet another amazing lightweight fight happening that got us thinking, what are our favorite lightweight fights in history?
Sections with lighter weight have always introduced the entertainment factor, so the list here is endless. We asked our employees what their favorites are, not what they see as the best lightweight fights and these are the answers we got.
Jack Goodwillie – Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 1
No UFC division has produced the greatest hits the lightweight division has ever hit, especially not in five-round title fights. However, I wanted to highlight a much-forgotten bang between two of the squad’s most legendary fighters to never challenge the belt. Jim Miller fight Joe Luzon Twice in his legendary career, but the first fight, the co-main event of UFC 155 (proper), deserves a mention. The lightweight division at the time was the UFC’s best — stacked from top to bottom with an understated talent who had the toughness, stamina, and killer instinct to routinely deliver Fight of the Night performances. Miller and Lauzon fit that description with a tee, and when they entered the cage minutes ago Caen Velasquez He regained his heavyweight title from Junior dos SantosIt didn’t surprise anyone how good that fight was.
Miller Luzon was injured multiple times and severely cut him off on several occasions. However, Lauzon continued to be quiet, even threatening Miller with a heel hook and a guillotine in the final seconds of the fight, sending the Vegas fans into a frenzy. It’s a fight you really have to see to believe in and ranks among the best three-round fights in split history in my humble opinion.
Fraser Crone – Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218
“Who is the most violent?? ” Eddie Alvarez Sitting on top of the cage having just fought a brutal war with the enemy, Justin Gethje For nearly three full rounds. With a grand total of 277 hits with over 600 total hits, the two men left it all in the octagon. That night, Alvarez gave Gathje his first professional loss, however, taking nothing away from Gaethje’s file. Ghethji grabbed his rifle, landed a hard 37 leg kick, walked forward the entire time, throwing with a bit of caution. Alvarez was known at the time as an all-moving man, however, he had been winless in his last two matches. Bounce back with a brutal knockout. Alvarez was able to outrun Gaethje, causing him to decisively and landing on his knee causing Gaethje to crash onto the canvas.
Jeremy Brand – Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 & 3
There are many options one can look at when it comes to the greatest lightweight fights of all time. But in my opinion, there are two fighters that stand out above the rest, and in fact, they’ve had two of the greatest lightweight fights of all time – Frankie Edgar against. Gray Maynard.
Both matches took place in 2011, and the first ended in a draw, which made the second even more interesting. In both accounts, Maynard flew out of the gates with haymakers and set Edgar many times on the Street of Dreams. In each fight, Edgar miraculously bounced back and regained his composure, finishing Maynard in the second fight to once again retain the title around his waist.
If you don’t have a chance to watch both fights, jump on the UFC Fight Pass and search for it UFC 125 and UFC 136.
Timothy Wheaton – Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaetje at UFC on Fox 29
Justin Gaethje vs Dustin Poirier is truly a match that is the ultimate in MMA violence. Two all-star strikers fall at a fireworks display. Apparently powerful kicks from Gethje took its toll on the Luciana-born Poirier.
After landing hundreds of blows, the two warriors were happy to stand in pocket groups and trade. The sharper Poirer was coming down with slightly more precise blows, but the dangerous Gaethje was throwing in full force. Jethji even tried to slip out of his head at one point. Looking at the procedure up to that point, he didn’t even feel out of place.
In the fourth round, Pourier countered a leg kick from his opponent with resounding solidity. Fighter Lousiana stumbled upon his faltering opponent. While Gethje was clearly shaken, Pourier threw a series of punches to push Justin Gethje off.
This fight was awarded in honor of the Fight of the Night and was later awarded “Fight of the Year” awards by multiple publications.
Brian Knight – Michael Chandler vs Eddie Alvarez 1 at Bellator 58
Entering the fight, Chandler was on the rise, but he’s relatively inexperienced. Alvarez cemented himself as a dominant champ at the age of 155, so seeing Chandler rise to the occasion and push Alvarez to his limits was a must-see sight.
Ben Jamison – Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida at TUF UK vs. Clay Guida USA Final
Diego Sanchez against Clay Guida Set levels for mass violence never seen before in the lightweight division until the arrival of Justin Gethje. Amazing brutal show from Sanchez at first. Dominant showing on the ground and poundage of Guida per second. Both men were temporarily knocked out in the third round, cautiously to avoid a repeat of the rounds they lost. They exchanged bombs for four minutes until Sanchez got back on Guida’s back and tried to eliminate him with various attempts to surrender. It was a bloodbath. It was a war. It was an absolute classic.
Andrew Harbo – Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez at UFC 166
Battle of dreams for longtime sports fans, Gilbert Melendez Diego Sanchez ignited each other at UFC 166. This fight was full of violence and blood, and the best thing was the heart that both men showed. It would turn out to be what both men would consider a last stand in their careers and the stand up they did.
Aside from being an amazing fight, this is my personal favorite. I was in college watching this at the time and my friends were huddled in our little dorm room for this event. Only me watched this sport and I sold everyone watching because the main event was Caen Velasquez against Junior dos Santos and this match. By introducing it, he has successfully hooked up many of my friends and now we all enjoy MMA and combat sports together. Without this fight being what it was, I’m not sure I’d have this bond all these years after that.
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