A new undisputed UFC lightweight champion was crowned on Saturday night after Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated short-notice replacement Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.
Despite the Russian’s dominant performance in Brooklyn, his division remains shrouded in uncertainty. Two other lightweight champions lost their UFC belts without even stepping inside the Octagon. Dana White says to be “the man”, you have to beat the man, but Nurmagomedov never got the opportunity to fight either of them.
Bizarrely, three fighters have been crowned lightweight champion in the past 18 months, but none have faced one another. Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor’s belts may have been dissolved, but we still don’t have a definitive answer to a simple question: who is the best lightweight in the UFC? It doesn’t look like that question will be answered any time soon, either. Ferguson and McGregor appear set for a long spell on the sidelines, albeit for very different reasons.
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