The UFC lightweight division needs a little bit of a cleanup. Recently, Dana White has talked about cutting fighters. When we look at the UFC lightweight division, there are a lot of veterans that have been there for quite a while. We have Cowboy having 36 fights, Charles Oliveira with 27, Rafael dos Anjos with 28, and Jim Miller with 36; That’s 127 total UFC fights. They have had their chances that today’s young fighters are dreaming for. We don’t need these future Hall of Famers all pushed into retirement, but we need to open the space for me guys. Who wants to watch another trilogy? Therefore let’s make five guesses on some roster cuts. UFC Lightweight Division
Possible UFC Lightweight Division Cuts
Renato “Moicano” Carneiro
Renato has to be shaking in his boots when UFC talks about making cuts. Since 2016 Renato is 5-4 with two split decisions. Those split decisions could easily make his record be 3-6. His last fight was in December of 2020 where he lost by knockout in the very first round, courtesy of a left hook from Rafael Fiziev. Tapology has him as the 29th ranked fighter in the lightweight division. So it’s not like losing him will be a surprise. Lastly, in his last three losses, he was finished twice in the first round, and the other in the second. If UFC wants to be the big show, guys like Renato Moicano doesn’t belong there. UFC Lightweight Division
Olivier “The Canadian Gangster” Aubin-Mercier
This was an easy pick since he is on a three-fight losing streak. Also, his last fight was in July of 2019. Now, this may be sad for some fight fans after a solid 2016 where Olivier had two rear-naked chokes over veterans Drew Dober and Thibault Gouti. Without a fight in 2020, it’s hard not to question why UFC hasn’t cut him already. Unless he gets a quick fight there’s no way they can keep him on their roster.
Jim “A-10” Miller
One of the hardest picks to make is a fighter that’s been in the UFC for so long. Jim Miller made his UFC debut in 2008, had a one time 7 fight win streak, and only a 4 fight losing skid. His total UFC record is 21-14, 1 no contest. Now on the bad side, he has a 4-7 record since 2017. Only two of those fights did not go to decision. However what is Jim Miller’s purpose in the UFC today? At this point, he is just taking up space. The skillset is there, but he is not even a gatekeeper with today’s talent. Jim should focus more on trying to get in the UFC hall of fame. UFC Lightweight Division
Kevin “Motown Phenom” Lee
There are not too many fight fans that would pick Kevin Lee to get cut. Especially with an 11-6 record UFC why would UFC let him go? Kevin’s biggest problem has been the big fights. Those losses are to Tony Ferguson, Rafael dos Anjos, Charles Oliviera, and twice to Al Iaquinta. This means three straight wins to even be in title contention. Also, the Motown phenom needs to look at other options where he can be in the spotlight. If he were to move to a professional fight league like Anthony Pettis. He could possibly win the entire tournament. Now, this is a very controversial pick but could really help out Kevin Lee in the future. UFC Lightweight Division
Clay “The Carpenter” Guida versus Michael “The Menace” Johnson Loser
These long time UFC fighters have a match booked on February 6, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov. Hopefully, this fight ends in a draw and they can retire together. They are 6-10 since 2016 with only 2 finishes. Now the reason they are on the roster is the entertainment. Clay would look like the Tasmanian Devil in his early days. Michael Johnson was known more for his boxing. The Menace looked pretty good against Khabib Nurmagomedov until the eagle had enough. Johnson does have positive wins over Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, and Edson Barboza. Clay Guida has big wins are two past champions Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis. It’s been great to pretty watch their entire careers, but we need new talent to get a chance. Maybe they move to bare-knuckle or just call the retirement office. UFC Lightweight Division
The lightweight division had more easy picks to give the boot. Another point is this division is stacked with lots of talent. Also with the vacant belt, we have lots to see in the future. If Khabib changes his mind on retirement this division can be the best to watch. Do not forget Conor McGregor is back and no fighter does not want a piece of that money machine.
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