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Video: State of the UFC Lightweight Division

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UFC commentator John Gooden examines the lightweight division in the aftermath of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s exit.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) commentator John Gooden gives fans a lay of the land in the promotion’s lightweight division.

Lightweight has long been considered one of the promotion’s marquee divisions. Emerging from the shadow of retired champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the division is ripe with firework match-ups, top fighters and appetizing storylines.

Reigning UFC Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira made good on lofty expectations more than a decade after his promotional debut. Dustin Poirier is primed for a title shot after cinching his trilogy fight against Conor McGregor (watch highlights); however, a dusty finish leaves room for a potential fourth clash. Juggernauts Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler wait in the wings, Beneil Dariush (no. 3) is in rare form and Islam Makhachev is on a journey to succeed mentor Nurmagomedov. Also in the top 10 are veterans Tony Ferguson (no. 6) and Rafael dos Anjos (no. 7), all-action fan favorite Dan Hooker (no. 8) and wrestling super-stud Gregor Gillespie (no. 10).

A synopsis from the YouTube video’s description reads:

UFC commentator John Gooden takes us through the state of the 155-pound division after a busy few months for the lightweights, which included the crowning of Charles Oliveira as champion.

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