With 2012 coming to a close, we look back on all of the greatest moments of MMA, and it's hard to overlook the tremendous impact made in the lightweight division.
The year kicked off with Edson Barboza wheel kicking Terry Etim into a coma.
Shortly after, lightweights Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard headlined the first UFC on FX event.
2012 saw three title fights, a new champion crowned and the emergence of several new contenders.
When we look ahead, we can see that two champions from other organizations could be entering the UFC in the first quarter of 2013. That fast-forwarding into the division has caused us to take a look at the evolution of lightweights and all of our favorite fighters to compete at 155 pounds.
The division has long been considered the most competitive in all of mixed martial arts. With a diverse cast of fighters who are dangerous in all avenues of the sport, there is not a single fighter currently ranked who is incapable of winning gold at some point in his career.
Here is a look at the 20 all-time fan-favorite lightweights of MMA.
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