So far, 2019 has been somewhat confusing with some of the biggest names in MMA not appearing on the fight schedule. Dominant fighters such as Khabib and Conor have been the most significant part of the division, making it somewhat challenging to bet and keep up with the sport.
However, with these two not taking part at the moment, we’ve had some time to see just how impressive the other fighters are and who could rise to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion.
Below, we look at some of the best fighters, which would include both Khabib and Conor as their ranking remain among the highest. Besides, we can’t leave them out as they are set to return in 2019 and once again show off why they are the best!
Top-Rated – Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib has the most impressive record by far and remains at the top of the UFC charts for the lightweight division. Up to now, he completed in 27 professional fights and managed to win every one of them. Of course, this gave him the ability to run through the ranks and grab a title fight in just about no time at all. In 2018, he managed to win the title against Conor McGregor and became the UFC champ.
With the same fight, he got suspended sure to a post-fight attack on McGregor’s teammates. With this, he lost the title for the time being and would be to face Dustin Poirier to claim it back in September of 2019.
Second – Tony Ferguson
It’s rather impressive that Tony appears as the second best in MMA lightweight at the moment as he has taken off some time earlier this year to attend to some personal problems. However, the fighter came back in full swing to take on the most prominent opponents and finally get his shot at the title.
Of course, with the title being on hold until September, it means everyone who wants a shot would need to wait. Luckily, Donald Cerrone is just as keen on a title fight, which gave the UFC reason to set up an even between them. Tony managed to rise as the winner of the battle, which now allows him to challenge the title holder after Khabib and Dustin Poirier set who the actual title holder is.
Tony Ferguson started his professional fighting career in 2008. Of the 28 fights he competed in, he managed to win 25 — 12 of those resulted in knockouts, eight by submission and five by decision.
Third Place – Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor
According to MMA, Conor McGregor is currently the third best higher in the ranks for lightweight. However, it’s somewhat unclear whether he would be returning to MMA this year or ever for that matter.
Thus, we believe the list should consist of fighters currently active in MMA, which would give Dustin the third-place position. The 30-year-old has taken part in 31 professional fights and managed to win 25 of them. He managed to win by knockout in 12 of those events, by submission in 7 of them and by decision in 6 of them, which includes the fight against Holloway, which earned him the interim lightweight title and the first fight against Khabib in September 2019.