The division is new to the Ultimate Fighting Championships, but true mixed martial arts fans know about this division. The top fighter in the weight class is arguably the #3 pound for pound fighter in the world.
Jose Aldo – 18 – 1 career record
This Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt became a known fighter with his amazing flying double knee 8 second knockout over Cub Swanson. Aldo has won 11 in a row, including an eight fight winning streak in the WEC. He holds impressive victories over the former face of the division, Urijah Faber and Mike Brown.
Last Fight: Knockout win over Manvel Gamburyan at WEC 51
Next Fight: Mark Hominick at UFC 129
2. Mark Hominick – Five fight winning streak
The Canadian jumped into a title shot after defeating George Roop at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. Since losing to former #1 contender Josh Grispi at WEC 32, Hominick has won five in a row with two submission wins and two knockouts. With a 20 – 8 career record, Hominick might have the experience factor over Aldo but who knows if that matters against someone with the talent of Aldo.
Last Fight: TKO victory over Roop at UFC Fight for the Troops 2
Next Fight: Aldo at UFC 129
3. Chad Mendes – Undefeated career record
With his victory over Michihiro Omigawa, Mendes improved to a 10 – 0 record and jumped into the conversation for a title shot. A former division 1 wrestler, Mendes suffers from Fitch disease. A cruel virus that makes fight fans watch three rounds of “I constantly take you down action.” He has won three straight fights by decision and five of six.
Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Omigawa at UFC 126
Next Fight: TBD
4. Manvel Gamburyan – 2 – 3 UFC record to return to Octagon
Gamburyan, a former finalist on The Ultimate Fighter was 3 – 0 after dropping to the division after a 2 – 3 stint in the UFC Lightweight class. He has always been a gritty fighter and showed that in the Aldo title fight before getting knocked out. He seems to be injury prone though. He had a fight for UFC 128 but was scratched with a back injury.
Last Fight: Knockout loss to Aldo at WEC 51
Next Fight: TBD
5. Josh Grispi – Went from title shot to first career loss
Grispi was scheduled to face Aldo for the title at UFC 125, but Aldo was forced out due to injury. In comes Dustin Poirier and Grispi gets his first career loss. He holds victories in his career over the legend Jens Pulver and Hominick. With a 14 – 2 record, he showed he deserves to be in the UFC, but he can’t suffer another loss.
Last Fight: Unanimous decision loss to Poirier at UFC 125
Next Fight: Roop at UFC TUF 13 Finale
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