Currently, a divisive debate consumes the MMA community about how the next UFC Lightweight Champion should be decided, but there’s no arguing over whoever claims ownership of the division’s thrown will be donned with a crown, not a belt.
Leading into UFC 257, the promotion’s President Dana White carried the possibility of Khabib Nurmagomedov, the undisputed, undefeated 155-pound king, returning for one more title defense to add to his already astounding legacy; however, Khabib laid his ex-boss’ hopes for another hefty payday to rest during a highly-publicized—yet extremely secretive— meeting.
According to a post on the UFC’s Instagram, it stated, “Since we don’t want to take back Khabib’s belt, the next lightweight champion will actually be given a a custom designed crown! Should it be handed to Dustin Poirier, or would you like to see him face either Oliveira, Chandler, or McGregor?”
Until White and his band of merry matchmakers decide what direction to steer the division, Khabib still sits atop the UFC’s rankings as not only the lightweight champ but also the number one pound-for-pound fighter. Frontrunners for the groundbreaking hardware, such as Dustin Poirier, have been vocal on social media, calling for the crown:
Following Poirier’s crushing knockout of Conor McGregor, the Louisiana native certainly sold a majority on the idea that the crown belongs upon his perfectly manicured hair; however, an opposing contingent believes he should face another leading contender or even meet McGregor again for a trilogy.
What do you think the UFC should do? More importantly, what do you think of a champion wearing a crown, instead of a belt?