|19||Luis Palomino||29||G-Force Fights||NR|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
I have no idea who the UFC will next throw into the Lion's Den that is facing B.J. in the Octagon, but I am 100% confident it won't be #2 Shinya Aoki or #4 Eddie Alvarez.
If #17 Takanori Gomi can somehow regain his old form and beat #3 Kenny Florian at UFN 21, I expect Gomi to be rushed into a rematch with Penn. But that seems pretty unlikely to me.
The thing about this division is that other than B.J. Penn being clearly in his own league nothing is really clear. And sadly Penn can't even definitely prove that he's the capo di tutti capi of lightweights unless he can somehow face the best of the DREAM/Strikeforce alliance.
Aoki will likely face #8 Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce lightweight title for his next fight.
Alvarez will fight UFC veteran Josh Neer in a non-title fight for Bellator in May.
No word on what's next for #5 Gray Maynard or #7 Tatsuya Kawajiri although each of them has a strong case for a title shot, with the UFC and DREAM respectively.
#9 Diego Sanchez is moving back up to welterweight after learning first hand that he's not going to be taking B.J. Penn's title in this lifetime at UFC 107.
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