Perspective: Lightweight is not short of championship level fighters, and it does not fail to cause some grief to those who also deserve it. Paul Felder has shown that he has the ability and the tenacity to compete with the top of the division, but in a branded fight against Dan Hooker, “The Irish Dragon” failed. He hinted at a potential retirement, but until this final, Felder has the power, technique and courage to make any fight against a top competitor a competitive one. The same goes for one of the most authentic O.G in the game, Donald Cerrone. No one doubts Cowboy’s credentials, but his path is a bit murky. After spending some time at 170 pounds, Cerrone announced plans to opt for the 155-pound belt, inspired by the birth of her son. He then impressed fans by eliminating Alexander Hernandez and Al Iaquinta in a form that many might call the best version we have seen of Cerrone. A funny battle with Tony Ferguson was interrupted when Cerrone bit his nose, closing his eye and forcing a doctor to stop. Since then, Cerrone’s momentum has stopped as he suffered losses in the first round against TKO against Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor. He’s not going anywhere, however, so it’s only a matter of time before Cowboy picks up a new wave. Speaking of momentum, Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira seems ready to move from the status of “black horse” to a real competitor. Winner in eight of nine fights, with finishes in each, since returning to light weight, he made his biggest claim in his third round victory over Kevin Lee. He holds the record for submission victories in the UFC and is still only 30 years old, and with the improved strike he has shown in his last fights, he is a fighter as deadly as anyone in the light division rich in talents.
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