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The Ever Growing UFC Lightweight Division

With the addition of Strikeforce import Issac Vallie-Flagg to the UFC 156 card ... the UFC's lightweight division is right at 80 fighters. While Lightweight has always been one of the biggest divisions just due to the amount of talented fighters across MMA, this is just crazy. I've taken the liberty of counting Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thompson, Jorge Masvidal, and Pat Healy safely on the roster, and there could easily be three more SF Lightweights coming to UFC after this weekend when the winners of Ryan Couture vs. KJ Noons, Estevan Payan vs. Mike Bravo, and Adriano Martins vs. Jorge Gurgle (Even though I doubt Gurgle would get the shot if he wins)

I'm not counting Sean Sherk on the roster, even though UFC still list him on their web-site, and rumor's of his return pop up every few months. UFC also has a contract offer out to Eddie Alvarez, but that is probably going to be held up in court for a while, but this division could be 85 deep in a few months.

I'd rather see them cut some dead-wood like Tie quan Zhang, Marcus Levesseur, Mitch Clarke, and John Cofer or veterans who are not playing a real role in the division anymore like Spencer Fisher, Aaron Riley, and Paul Taylor to open up spots for the 15 deep Flyweight division that has been largely ignored by UFC since it was officially announced around this time last year.

Below is a look at the UFC's fighters, and how I rank them off hand.

Name

Next fight

Last fight

1

Ben Henderson

TBD

w/ Nate Diaz, 8 Dec

2

Gray Maynard

TBD

w/ Clay Guida, 22 Jun

3

Gilbert Melendez

TBD

w/ Josh Thompson, 19 May

4

Nate Diaz

TBD

l/ Ben Henderson, 8 Dec

5

Donald Cerrone

6

Anthony Pettis, 26 Jan

w/ Melvin Guillard, 11 Aug

6

Anthony Pettis

5

Donald Cerrone, 26 Jan

w/ Joe Lauzon, 26 Feb

7

Jim Miller

TBD

w/ Joe Lauzon, 29 Dec

8

Joe Lauzon

TBD

l/ Jim Miller, 29 Dec

9

Diego Sanchez

28

Takanori Gomi, 2 Mar

l/ Jake Ellenberger, 15 Feb

10

Matt Wiman

11

TJ Grant, 26 Jan

w/ Paul Sass, 29 Sep

11

TJ Grant

10

Matt Wiman, 26 Jan

w/ Evan Dunham, 22 Sep

12

Khabib Nurmagomedov

15

Thiago Tavares, 19 Jan

w/ Gleison Tibau, 7 Jul

13

Gleison Tibau

19

Evan Dunham, 2 Feb

w/ Francisco Drinaldo, 13 Oct

14

Rafael Dos Anjos

TBD

w/ Mark Bocek, 17 Nov

15

Thiago Tavares

12

Khabib Nurmagomedov, 19 Jan

w/ Sam Stout, 14 Jan

16

Josh Thompson

TBD

l/ Gilbert Melendez, 19 May

17

Jaime Varner

TBD

w/ Melvin Guillard, 29 Dec

18

Melvin Guillard

TBD

l/ Jaime Varner, 29 Dec

19

Evan Dunham

13

Gleison Tibau, 2 Feb

l/ TJ Grant, 22 Sep

20

Paul Sass

25

Danny Castillo, 16 Feb

l/ Matt Wiman, 29 Sep

21

Jacob Volkmann

54

Bobby Green 2 Feb

w/ Shane Roller, 5 Oct

22

Jorge Masvidal

TBD

w/ Justin Wilcox, 14 Jul

23

Pat Healy

Kurt Holobaugh, 12 Jan

w/ Mizuto Hirota, 14 Jul

24

Mark Bocek

TBD

l/ Rafael Dos Anjos, 17 Nov

25

Danny Castillo

20

Paul Sass, 16 Feb

l/ Michael Johnson, 5 Oct

26

Edson Barboza

80

Lucas Martins, 19 Jan

l/ Jaime Varner, 26 May

27

Ross Pearson

TBD

w/ George Sotiropoulos, 15 Dec

28

Takanori Gomi

9

Diego Sanchez, 2 Mar

w/ Mac Danzig, 10 Nov

29

Yves Edwards

44

Isaac Vallie-Flagg, 2 Feb

w/ Jeremy Stephens, 8 Dec

30

Mac Danzig

TBD

l/ Takanori Gomi, 10 Nov

31

Fabricio Camoes

TBD

l/ Melvin Guillard, 7 Jul

32

Tim Means

TBD

w/ Justin Salas, 8 Jun

33

Myles Jury

TBD

w/ Michael Johnson, 29 Dec

34

Michael Johnson

TBD

l/ Myles Jury, 29 Dec

35

Jeremy Stephens

TBD

l/ Yves Edwards, 8 Dec

36

John Makdessi

41

Daron Cruickshank, 16 Mar

w/ Sam Stout, 17 Nov

37

Terry Etim

76

Renee Forte, 16 Feb

l/ Edson Barboza, 14 Jan

38

Tony Ferguson

TBD

l/ Michael Johnson, 5 May

39

Anthony Njokuani

TBD

l/ Rafael Dos Anjos, 11 Jul

40

Sam Stout

43

Caros Fodor, 23 Feb

l/ John Makdessi, 17 Nov

41

Daron Cruickshank

36

John Makdessi, 16 Mar

w/ Henry Martinez, 8 Dec

42

Ramsey Nijem

TBD

w/ Joe Proctor, 8 Dec

43

Caros Fodor

40

Sam Stout, 23 Feb

l/ Pat Healy, 3 Mar

44

Isaac Vallie-Flagg

29

Yves Edwards, 2 Feb

w/ Gesias Cavalcante, 19 May

45

George Sotiropoulos

TBD

l/ Ross Pearson, 15 Dec

46

Spencer Fisher

TBD

l/ Sam Stout, 22 Jun

47

Justin Salas

TBD

l/ Tim Means, 8 Jun

48

Rustam Khabilov

TBD

w/ Vinc Pichel, 15 Dec

49

John Cholish

TBD

l/ Danny Castillo, 5 May

50

Reza Madadi

TBD

l/ Cristiano Marcello, 13 Oct

51

Francisco Trinaldo

77

C.J. Keith, 19 Jan

l/ Gleison Tibau, 13 Oct

52

Anton Kulvanen

55

Michael Chiesa, 23 Feb

w/ Mitch Clarke, 21 Jul

53

Abel Trujillo

TBD

w/ Marcus Levesseur, 8 Dec

54

Bobby Green

21

Jacob Volkmann, 2 Feb

w/ Matt Ricehouse, 18 Aug

55

Michael Chiesa

52

Anton Kulvanen, 23 Feb

w/ Al Iaquinta, 1 Jun

56

Norman Parke

TBD

w/ Colin Fletcher, 15 Dec

57

Brendan Loughnane

TBD

w/ Mike Wilkinson, 15 Dec

58

Al Iaquinta

TBD

l/ Michael Chiesa, 1 Jun

59

James Vick

TBD

l/ Michael Chiesa, 25 May

60

Joe Proctor

TBD

l/ Ramsey Nijem, 8 Dec

61

Jon Tuck

TBD

w/ Tie Quan Zhang, 10 Nov

62

Mike Rio

TBD

w/ John Cofer, 15 Dec

63

Vinc Pichel

TBD

l/ Rustam Khabilov, 15 Dec

64

Henry Martinez

TBD

l/ Daron Cruickshank, 8 Dec

65

Rafaello Oliveira

TBD

w/ Yoislandy Izquierdo, 7 Jul

66

Aaron Riley

TBD

l/ Tony Ferguson, 24 Sep

67

Paul Taylor

TBD

w/ Gabe Ruediger, 5 Feb

68

Cristiano Marcello

79

Kazuki Tokudome, 3 Mar

w/ Reza Madadi, 13 Oct

69

Mike Ricci

TBD

l/ Colton Smith, 16 Dec

70

Colin Fletcher

TBD

l/ Norman Parke, 15 Dec

71

Mike Wilkinson

TBD

l/ Brendan Loughnane, 15 Dec

72

Marcus Levesseur

TBD

l/ Abel Trujillo, 8 Dec

73

Mitch Clarke

TBD

l/ Anton Kulvanen, 21 Jul

74

Jeremy Larsen

TBD

l/ Joe Proctor, 1 Jun

75

John Cofer

TBD

l/ Mike Rio, 15 Dec

76

Renee Forte

37

Terry Etim, 16 Feb

l/ Sergio Moraes, 13 Oct

77

C.J. Keith

51

Francisco Trinaldo, 19 Jan

l/ Ramsey Nijem, 22 Jun

78

Tie quan Zhang

TBD

l/ Jon Tuck, 10 Nov

79

Kazuki Tokudome

68

Cristiano Marcello, 3 Mar

w/ Kengo Ura

80

Lucas Martins

26

Edson Barboza, 19 Jan

w/ Oberdan Tenorio

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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