Top 10 Greatest MMA Lightweight Fighters Of All Time

Honoring mixed martial arts greatest lightweight division fighters.

The Top Ten

1 Khabib Nurmagomedov Khabib Nurmagomedov Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (born 20 September 1988) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist of Avar ethnicity. Nurmagomedov is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and the reigning undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion. He currently holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA, with 27 more.

He never beat mendes mc gregor did

"27-0 Finally after 26 fights he arguably lost a round and still went on to dominate and secure a 4th round neck crack against one of the best strikers in the game"

NO one does ground and pound better than khabib on planet earth

Khabib should be number 1 - he would destroy BJ even in his prime

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2 B.J. Penn

He was simply better than the others in his prime. He was exceptional on his back and had legitimate power.
Edgar beat him when he a little past his best. Towards the end of his career his penchant for fighting much bigger fighters and too frequent poor dicipline in camp. Caught up with him and shortened his prime.

But still the best ever at 155 in a division of killers.

doesn't get the respect he deserves.

he's dead good at fighting!

3 Frank Edgar

Edgar has been around for 10 years, has been the champion, and is still winning fights against young talent and tough veterans. His career has been and still is very successful. He has octagon time records and all sorts of others.

Edgar is the best lightweight champion I've ever seen. He beet penn twice when penn was at his best. Although I thought he lost hie first fight with henderson I believe he won the second not to mention he knocked maynard out

BJ at #1 and Frankie beat him for the title the first time, dominated him the second time, and damn near killed him the third time. He also beat Sherk who is #3 (God know why). Too small for the weight class yet managed to win the title in a division full of killers. Best lightweight hands down.

4 Rafael Dos Anjos Rafael Dos Anjos Rafael Souza dos Anjos is a Brazilian mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's lightweight division and the current UFC Lightweight Champion.
5 Tony Ferguson Tony Ferguson Anthony Armand "Tony" Ferguson is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division for the UFC.

Its tony time bitches..!

6 Anthony Pettis Anthony Pettis

He beat Ben henderson

7 Shinya Aoki
8 Benson Henderson

Should have never won against Edgar the first or second time. And he didn't beat Gilbert, the judges love this guy and gave him decisions he shouldn't have won.

Had 3 consecutive title defense same as BJ Penn.

9 Conor McGregor Conor McGregor Conor Anthony McGregor (born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer. He is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion. more.

The goat

10 Diego Sanchez

The Contenders

11 Sean Sherk
12 Jens Pulver
13 Kenny Florian
14 Eddie Alvarez Eddie Alvarez Edward "Eddie" Alvarez is a Puerto Rican-American mixed martial artist that currently competes in the UFC.

Eddie Alvarez is top 3 easily top 5 of all time Lightweights!

Should be top 10 in my opinion. Been the top in the weight class in numerous promotions, and he is a true light weight.

15 Donald Cerrone Donald Cerrone Donald Anthony Cerrone is an American professional mixed martial artist and former professional kickboxer currently competing in the UFC's Welterweight division.

Cowboy is one of the most exciting fighters and has faced and beaten the best of the best

16 Takanori Gomi
17 Clay Guida

clay is very smart and strong.

Guida sucks.

18 Tyson Griffin
19 Caol Uno
20 Nate Diaz Nate Diaz Nathan Donald "Nate" Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and WEC Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz. Prior to signing with the UFC, more.

One of the most underrated fighters of all time.. He has never been Knocked out in the UFC and has the most submission wins and post match awards in history...Most of his losses come from the judges decision..Just tells you that he is tough as it comes..

Good Jiu Jitsu and has good technique with his boxing just like older brother Nick

Hey, I'm not surprised

21 Dustin Poirier
22 Michael Johnson
23 Gray Maynard
24 Islam Makhachev
25 Joe Stevenson
26 Gilbert Melendez
27 Matt Serra
28 Julian Lane

Let me bang bro

29 Jose Aldo Jose Aldo José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior (born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion, becoming the first UFC Featherweight Champion after the UFC/WEC merger. He is a former three-time more.
30 Chad Mendes Chad Mendes Chad Edward Mendes is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

One of the best ufc lightweights ever nearly beating Conor mc gregor on short notice

31 Edson Barboza Edson Barboza Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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