The Mess of the 155 lb. Division
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In the aftermath of UFC 223, there is a new Lightweight champion in Khabib Nurmagomedov and a mess of a division underneath him. Today, we talk about that mess of a division.
To start, this is not to say Khabib should not have fought for the title at UFC 223. Conor should have been stripped (coming from a McGregor FANATIC) for his inactivity and refusal to give a date of return. Under the newly-crowned champ, there is a bit of a clogged division, including absent and injured guys at the top. However, Tony Ferguson should not have been stripped of his interim belt.
Ferguson was in the midst of UFC-obligated media when he tripped over a cable, and as a result, missed the fight, the payday, and lost his champion status. I believe the UFC only did this to set up a separate interim belt fight later this year (more on that soon), and Tony can't fight for a belt or anything else until he recovers.
After Ferguson, the division is full of possible contenders. There's Eddie Alvarez, Kevin Lee, Dustin Poirier, and other KILLERS in the division. At the moment, however, it likely comes down to these three for a possible interim title fight this summer to fight Khabib this fall or winter. I personally believe it will be Alvarez and Poirier, but would not be surprised if Lee took Alvarez's spot because he can sell a fight.
Whoever fights for ANOTHER INTERIM TITLE, then has to hope Khabib, who is taking time off for Ramadan, can come back healthily and fight this fall or winter, and he does not have a track record of this. So what if he doesn't? Do you defend the belt? Is Tony better? What about Conor? There are so many questions in this division, and, sadly, only time will be able to answer them. Until these questions are answered, sit back and enjoy the good MMA that is coming your way in the near future.