Taking a look at the “Big Picture” of the UFC’s lightweight division we can see what is coming up in the future, who is unscheduled at the moment, and some predicted match ups that I would personally like to see. There will be more “Big Picture” blogs as I will hit every division over a period of time and after any big news happens in the division.

In my opinion, the highlight of this division is obviously Henderson/Diaz for the UFC’s Lightweight Title. An interesting note, the former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, has reported that he will be dropping down to the featherweight division (145 lbs). Also, the long-time UFC contender, Diego Sanchez, will be looking to make another trip down to lightweight. His opponent is unnamed, but I would like to see him face someone like Mac Danzig; someone who is knocking at the door in contendership, and is a tough fight for anyone. This will show us whether Sanchez really means business down at 155, or if he is just looking to try and keep his name relevant.

Another interesting note is the fact that former top contender Jim Miller is without an opponent. I would look for him to face someone like Clay Guida, another former top contender whom Jim Miller has not faced yet.

Check out the rest below and take the opportunity to really see what is going on in the UFC’s most competitive division, but a “Big Picture”.

Up-coming Match Ups

Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo — UFC 151
Tim Means vs. Abel Trujilo — UFC 151
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez — UFC 151
Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann — UFC 151
Thiago Tavares vs. Dennis Hallman — UFC 151
Evan Dunham vs. TJ Grant — UFC 152
Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman — UFC on Fuel
Carlo Prater vs. Marcus Le Vesseur — UFC on FX
Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards
Cristiano Marcel vs. Reza Madadi — UFC 153
Francisco Drinaldo vs. Gleison Tibau — UFC 153
Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos — UFC 154
Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz — UFC on Fox 5 (For UFC LW Title)
Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor – UFC on Fox 5
Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard — UFC 155

Unscheduled Fighters W/ UFC Record

Edson Barboza 4-1
Fabricio Camoes 1-2-1
Donald Cerrone 6-1
Michael Chiesa 1-0
John Cholish 1-1
Mitch Clarke 0-2
John Cofer 0-1
Mac Danzig 5-5
Terry Etim 6-4
Tony Ferguson 3-1
Takanori Gomi 2-3
Clay Guida 9-7
Melvin Guillard 11-7
Al Iaquinta 0-1
Myles Jury 1-0
C.J Keith 0-1
Anton Kuivanen 1-1
Jeremy Larsen 0-1
John Makdessi 2-2
Jim Miller 10-3
Anthony Njokuani 2-3
Khabib Nurmagomedov 2-0
Rafaello Oliveira 2-4
Anthony Pettis 2-1
Justin Salas 0-1
Diego Sanchez 12-5
George Sotiropolous 7-2
Sam Stout 6-5
Paul Taylor 4-5
Jamie Varner 2-2
James Vick 0-0

Fantasy Match-Ups

(Main Card Fights)
Edson Barboza vs. Sam Stout
Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
Diego Sanchez vs. Mac Danzig
Clay Guida vs. Jim Miller
Jamie Varner vs. Melvin Guillard
Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor
Terry Etim vs. George Sotiropoulos
Takanori Gomi vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

(Under-card Fights)
Michael Chiesa vs. Fabricio Camoes
John Makdessi vs. Tony Ferguson
Myles Jury vs. Tim Means/Abel Trujilo Winner
Anton Kuivanen vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Al Iaquinta vs. C.J. Keith
James Vick vs. Mitch Clarke
Justin Salas vs. John Cholish
John Cofer vs. Jeremy Larsen