The UFC's Lightweight Divison: More Than Meets the Eye

Jake SauickieCorrespondent IJune 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07:  UFC Fighter BJ Penn arrives at the 1st Annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at the Club Nokia on April 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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The lightweight division in MMA is a very deep and entertaining one.

We have stars in the UFC like BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar, to fighters outside the UFC like Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez.

All around the world, there is exceptional talent in the lightweight division.

The best at this weight class is clearly BJ Penn.

However, I'm not taking anything away from Frankie Edgar for beating BJ Penn to become the current UFC lightweight champion.

But anyone with common sense could see that the BJ Penn that fought that night was not the same BJ Penn that outclassed Kenny Florian and demolished Diego Sanchez.

Edgar looked great, but he did not take the lightweight title from a top-form BJ Penn.

It's because of this, the fans ordered an immediate rematch and Penn/Edgar 2 is going to happen this August.

If Penn is healthy this time, he will surely send a message to the world by crushing Edgar.

Penn will most likely win the rematch with Edgar, but that will leave a lot of questions for the MMA world about what Penn should do next.

Should he stay at lightweight? Should he go to welterweight? What will he do next?

I believe that Penn should remain at lightweight for awhile.

Currently, that is what his frame is built for and he is at his best in this weight class.

Besides, there are still a lot of fighters there that he should fight.

Personally, I think he should fight the top 10 in the UFC's lightweight division rather than just the guys who are on a big win streak.

Penn is slated to fight Edgar, and after that will fight the winner of Florian and Maynard.

But who should he face after that?

I believe the UFC executives need to do the same thing for the lightweight division that they are doing for the heavyweight division.

Rather than pair up the the best guys in the weight class in the division, set them up like dominoes for the champion.

Just bring in one after another.

Penn will beat Edgar in their August rematch in Boston. Then the winner of that will face the winner of Florian/Maynard.

Behind these guys, we have Tyson Griffin who is on the verge of a title shot, should he win impressively in his next outing and then there is the Aussie, George Sotiropoulos, who just outclassed Joe "Daddy" Stevenson at UFC 110.

There is a lot more talent in the UFC's lightweight division now and people need to start taking notice.

I know that having a big heavyweight division is cool now, but so is having a large pool of talent at lightweight.

From Jim Miller to Kurt Pellegrino and Efrain Escudero to Joe Lauzon there are a lot of potential matchups that are very interesting to see and many fights that would make a good pay-per-view card.

After Penn/Edgar and Florian/Maynard, who do you see being the next title challenger at whoever is the champ by this winter?