Commentary

Lightweight tourney taking shape

Originally Published: October 22, 2012
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

The lightweight division has, for years, ranked as mixed martial arts' deepest and most competitive weight class. Regardless of the promotion, lightweights continue to churn out quality, meaningful MMA, as was the case Friday in Reading, Penn., where Bellator promoted its latest 155-pound tournament.

Early next year, Michael Chandler will put up his Bellator title against Rick Hawn. Both fighters matriculated through the promotion's tournament format and each has every ingredient necessary to be considered a top-tier fighter.

The next batch was halved from eight to four Friday. Do one or more of them have what it takes to do the same as Chandler or Hawn?