Every #1 Lightweight in the world per year (According to fight matrix)

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  1. KID Yamamoto

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    I’ll be posting who was consistently the number 1 lightweight ranked for the year. I’ll be using Fight matrix’s yearly historical ratings you can view here.
    I’m using the Fightmatrix because it is as close you can get to an unbiased viewing of what the rankings should be. Note I’m not saying I fully agree with everything written here(hell the whole topic is subjective itself) but I feel it gives us an interesting take on this through a mostly objective bot.
    Fightmatrix views the year in 4 parts. I will be taking the fighter who was number 1 in most of those 4 parts. If it is a Tie I will post both fighters.
    Let’s begin.


    1990-Yuichi Watanabe (2-0)
    Yuji Ito ( 1-2-1)

    Kazuhiro Kusayangi (3-1)

    1991-Yuichi Watanabe (4-2)

    1992-Tomonori Ohara (5-6-1)

    1993- Yuji Ito (4-4-2)
    Tomonori Ohara (5-7-1)
    1994-Yuki Nakai (5-1)

    1995-Yuki Nakai (7-1)

    1996-Wander Braga (7-0)
    Rumina Sato (6-0)


    1997- Wander Braga (9-0)

    1998- Joel Gerson (1-0)

    1999- Caol Uno (10-2-1)


    2000- Rumina Sato (17-3-1)


    2001- Takanori Gomi (9-0)

    2002- Jens Pulver (14-2-1)

    2003- Takanori Gomi (14-0)

    2004- Vitor Ribeiro (10-0)

    2005- Yves Edwards (30-8-1)
    2006- Takanori Gomi (25-3)

    2007- Takanori Gomi (27-3)


    2008- Takanori Gomi (28-3)
    B.J. Penn (13-4-1)


    2009- B.J. Penn (14-5-1)

    2010- B.J. Penn (15-5-1)
    Frankie Edgar (14-1)

    2011- Frankie Edgar (14-1-1)

    2012-Benson Henderson (17-2)

    2013-Benson Henderson (19-2)


    2014- Anthony Pettis (17-2)

    2015-Rafael Dos Anjos (24-7)

    2016-Rafael Dos Anjos (25-7)

    2017- Connor Mcgreggor (21-3)

    2018- Eddie Alvarez (29-5)

    2019- Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0)

    Takanori Gomi was ranked the #1 Lightweight in the world five times making him the most consistent number 1 in the history of the Lightweight according to Fight Matrix.
     
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    2010 onwards - Khabib
     
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    A lot of noticeable fighters are not on this list but they were very closely numbered #2 usually.
    Aoki, Sherk, Melendez, Tony so on and so forth.
     
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    How the hell was Eddie Alvarez #1 LW over Khabib in 2018
     
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    DabraKajitsu Alpha Exertion at 100%. Double Yellow Card

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    Fixed that for you.
     
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    The more I look into the history of the division (I started watching around 08) I think BJ’s earlier part of his career is underrated and his later streak at LW overrated.
     
  9. Sweater of AV

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    Eddie Alvarez 2018?
     
  10. KID Yamamoto

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    100 percent true.
    I figured eddie would have been on the list but not in 2018. Odd. He was number 1 a few times but was consistently 2-3 a lot. Fight matrix has him as number 2 all time.
     
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    Lmao Eddie and Conor. Don't kid yourself, it has been Khabib and Fergusson for number 1 and 2 spots for years.
     
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    Thank you sir.

    I didn't write the list dumby.
     
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    I never said you did dumbo. It is a shit list regardless.
     
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    This

    I love Eddie but what the actual fuck
     
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    Khabib won the title in 2018 and then beat the lineal Champ in the same year so how on Earth was he not ranked #1 in 2018 also?
     
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    Great post. Thanks TS.

    Historians will like this old sherdog post as well.

    Rankings May 2001
    LIGHTWEIGHT up to 154.9 lbs. ( up to 70.3 kg.)

    1. Pulver, Jens 159
    2. Uno, Kauro 133
    3. Thomas, Din 113
    4. Sato, Rumina 83
    5. Nogueira, Alexandre 82
    6. Gomi, Takanori 77
    7. Hallman, Dennis 57
    8. Mishima, D. 47
    9. Bow, Ryan 26
    10. Uematsu, Naoya 25

    Rankings July 2001
    LIGHTWEIGHT up to 154.9 lbs. ( up to 70.3 kg.)

    1. Pulver, Jens 158
    2. Uno, Kauro 141
    3. Penn, B.J. 112
    4. Sato, Rumina 94
    5. Nogueira, Alexandre 81
    6. Thomas, Din 74
    6. Gomi, Takanori 74
    8. Hallman, Dennis 47
    9. Iha, Fabiano 36
    10. Mishima, D. 32

    Rankings End 2001
    LIGHTWEIGHT 145 to 155 lbs (65.91 kg to 70.45 kg.)

    1. Jens Pulver 147
    2. B.J. Penn 137
    3. Kauro Uno 111
    4. Rumina Sato 98
    5. Din Thomas 85
    6. Takanori Gomi 79
    7. D. Mishima 55
    8. Dennis Hallman 49
    9. Ryan Bow 22
    10. Fabiano Iha 21

    Rankings mid 2002
    LIGHTWEIGHT 145 to 155 lbs (65.91 kg to 70.45 kg.)

    1. Jens Pulver 160
    2. B.J. Penn 142
    3. Takanori Gomi 118
    4. Kauro Uno 115
    5. Din Thomas 93
    6. D. Mishima 78
    7. Rumina Sato 73
    8. Ryan Bow 39
    9. Matt Serra 25
    10.Fabiano Iha 11

    Rankings Oct 2002
    LIGHTWEIGHT (145 - 155 lbs.)

    1. Jens Pulver (160)
    2. BJ Penn (140)
    3. Takanori Gomi (130)
    4. Caol Uno (111)
    5. Din Thomas (81)
    6. Dokonjonosuke Mishima (78)
    7. Matt Serra (51)
    8. Javier Vasquez (38)
    9. Vitor Ribeiro (29)
    10. Genki Sudo (22)

    Rankings 2nd half 2003
    Lightweight:

    1) BJ Penn (7-1-1)
    2) Vitor Ribeiro (9-0-0)
    3) Takanori Gomi (15-2-0)
    4) Marcus Aurelio (10-1-0)
    5) Duane Ludwig (10-2-0)
    6) Josh Thomson (10-0-0)
    7) Yves Edwards (23-8-1)
    8) Din Thomas (18-4-0)
    9) Hermes Franca (8-2-0)
    10) Joachim Hansen (7-2-1)

    Rankings May 2004
    Lightweight

    1. Shaolin Ribero 97 Points (6 first place votes)
    2. Bang Ludwig - 90 Points (4 first place votes)
    3. Takanori Gomi - 78 Points
    4. Josh Thomson - 70 Points
    5. Yves Edwards - 69 Points
    6. Hermes Franca- 43 Points
    7. Joaquin Hansen - 33 Points
    8. Genki Sudo - 26 Points
    9. Din Thomas - 25 Points
    10. Jens Pulver - 23 Points

    Rankings End 2004
    LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION
    (155 lbs.)

    1. Shaolin Ribero 97 Points (7 first place votes)
    2. Yves Edwards - 83 Points (2 first place votes)
    3. Takanori Gomi - 82 Points
    4. Jens Pulver - 76 Points (1 first place vote)
    5. Joaquin Hansen - 59 Points
    6. Josh Thomson - 47 Points
    7. Genki Sudo- 33 Points
    8. Hermes Franca - 26 Points
    9. Caol Uno - 25 Points
    10.Din Thomas - 23 Points​
     
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    Eddie is #1 after getting smoked by Conor?

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    I understand what these are trying to represent now but still hesitant to give them much credence. A few of the older ones are also a little strange. It is nice to go back and look at rankings every now and then though.
     
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