Saw this thread on Sherdog this morning and think its a pretty good topic. Alot of other divisions its pretty clear cut, but LW fighters have been around for 10+ years and theres not alot of talk about it.
So here are the possible contenders imo, anymore feel free to add. Im going to try to make this as detailed as possible because I really think theres some good topics/debates here, but obviously most of this is just my own opinion.
Takanori Gomi- 33-8 Currently.
Shoot LW Champ(1 Defense), Pride LW champ(1 Defense), 2005 Pride LW GP winner.
Holds notable wins over Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Jens Pulver, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Hayato Sakurai, Marcus Aurelio, Mitsuhiro Ishda And Tyson Griffin.
HighPoint(s):Hayato Sakurai, Tatsuya Kawajiri
LowPoint(s): Marcus Aurelio 1, Nick Diaz, Sergey Golyaev...........
Other accomplishments: Went 24-2 during his first 7 years, combining a 14 fight and a 10 fight win streak.
Bj Penn-16-8-2 Currently.
UFC WW Champ(0 Defenses), UFC LW Champ(3 defenses)
Holds notable wins over Carl Uno, Matt Serra, Takanori Gomi, Matt Hughes x2, Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez
HighPoint(s): Matt Hughes 1, Joe Stevenson.
LowPoint(s):GSP 2, Frankie Edgar 2
Other Accomplishments: Has fought for a UFC belt 11 times, First non Brazilian to win Gold at the Mundials blac belt division.
Frankie Edgar-14-3-1 Currently
Reality Fighting LW Champ(0 Defenses), UFC LW Champ(2 Defenses, 1 "Retained")
Hold Notable wins over Jim Miller, Tyson Griffin, Sean Sherk, Bj Penn x2, and Gray Maynard.
HighPoint(s): Penn2, Gray Maynard3.
Low Point(s):Benson Henderson 1 and 2
Other Accomplishments: 5 bonuses in his last 7 fights, Fight of the year award for Edgar/Maynard 2
Benson Henderson-17-2 Currently
WEC Interim LW champ, WEC LW Champ(1 Defense), UFC LW Champ (1 Defense)
Holds Notable wins over Anthony Njokuani, Shane Roller, Donald Cerrone x2, Jamie Varner, Jim Miller, Clay Guida and Frankie Edgar x2
HighPoint(s): Donald Cerrone 2, Frankie Edgar 1 and 2
Other Accomplishments: 5 bonuses in his last 7 fights, Fight of the year award for Henderson/Pettis