Lightweight: Conor McGregor
The lightweight division has long been considered to be amongst the best in MMA and after winning the 155-pound title last November, Conor McGregor will have a plethora of hungry challengers awaiting him.
The Irishman, however, is expected to take time off due to the birth of his first child with his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin. With that being said, it’s currently unclear how many times he’ll fight this year.
When he does return, McGregor will likely take on either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson, two men who are expected to fight for an interim title in March at UFC 209. Both men present difficult stylistic challenges for the “Notorious” one, but with McGregor’s constantly improving takedown defense and his already elite level striking and power, I see him keeping his title.