March's Key Fights
Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi
Once again, Kenny Florian proved to us all on why he is widely considered the second-best lightweight in the UFC with his last performance against Takanori Gomi.
Gomi, a solid striker, kept a low base through two rounds. This forced Florian to stand and trade with Gomi in that time frame, but as always, Florian fought a smart fight and waited for his opportunity to shine.
Once it did, Florian sunk in the rear-naked choke moments later.
Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek
Many people believe that Mark Bocek had done just enough to earn the nod in his very close battle with Jim Miller. However, the judges saw things differently and awarded the New Jersey native his fourth consecutive victory.
Next time around inside the octagon, Miller will surely have to up his game if he wants to put himself into title contention.
Clay Guida vs. Shannon Gugerty
One question here is, who did Shannon Gugerty piss off to earn a fight with the lightweight division's work horse?
Clay Guida came in and did what he does best: smothering his opponent with a relentless attack, all the while avoiding any submissions thrown his way.
Once again, Guida proved he belongs in the top ten by finishing Gugerty with a side choke in the second round.
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
For a year and a half, Kurt Pellegrino has done nothing but win his fights. UFC 111 marked his fourth straight victory inside the octagon.
Solidifying a spot on my top ten board, Pellegrino will look to one-up his last performance against some tougher competition.
April's Key Fights
B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar
When one thinks of dominant champions of the sport, one name that will always come to mind is lightweight champion, B.J. Penn.
At UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, Penn will look to continue his dominance with his fourth consecutive title defense against the vastly improved, but huge underdog in Frankie Edgar.
Rafeal dos Anjos vs. Terry Etim
Terry Etim had a tough two-fight slide in his early UFC days, which is why people aren't talking about him as much as they should be.
The kid has some real talent and is constantly improving. Should he win at UFC 112, he likely won't crack the top ten, but surely more fans will be keeping their eye on him.
Noteworthy: Takanori Gomi (31-6-0-1), Joe Stevenson (31-11), Terry Etim (14-2), & Sam Stout (15-5-1)
10. Kurt Pellegrino (15-4)
9. Clay Guida (26-11)
8. George Sotiropoulos (12-2)
7. Sean Sherk (33-4-1)
6. Jim Miller (17-2)
5. Tyson Griffin (14-2)
4. Diego Sanchez (21-3)
3. Gray Maynard (10-0-0-1)
2. Kenny Florian (13-4)
1. Frankie Edgar (11-1)
Champion: B.J. Penn (15-5-1)