Sorting Out the UFC Lightweight Division Heading into 2010

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Sorting Out the UFC Lightweight Division Heading into 2010

Champ B.J. Penn's downright destruction of No. 1 contender Diego Sanchez at UFC 107 left the lightweight division in a state akin to George St. Pierre’s welterweight and Anderson Silva’s middleweight division.

With such a dominant champion in place, what hope do we have for seeing a spirited lightweight title fight in 2010? In order to get a better grip on the state of affairs at 155, let’s break down the division into easier-to-digest categories.


B.J. Penn (11-4-1*) has adorned the champion moniker for years, but never has he looked this fashionable. In 2009, fans witnessed “The Prodigy” evolve from uber talented fighter to utterly dominant force. It appears the only thing standing in Penn’s way at 155 pounds is B.J Penn.

Penn reminded us that he still has his eye on avenging his embarrassing loss to George St. Pierre—a fight he feels was not fought on an even playing field. Dana White will be able to keep Penn satiated at lightweight for only so long, one or two more dominant title defenses to be precise.

Let’s take a look at who he will be facing before deciding to vacate.

*Records indicate UFC records only for divisional purposes

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