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BE’s Baddest nomination thread: Who is MMA’s greatest lightweight of all time?

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It’s the return of the BE’s Baddest tournament, with a key question – who is the greatest MMA Lightweight of all time?

In the immortal words of that guy who is on NCIS or something: Don’t call it a comeback, we’ve been here for years.

Once again, it is time to determine who is BE’s Baddest.

We know the greatest fighter of all time, plus the greatest submission fighter, striker, and wrestler. But now, we try something a little different. BE readers, I ask you this:

Who is MMA’s Greatest Lightweight Fighter Of All Time?

With this tournament, we’re diving in to the Lightweight division to see who stands tall, not just in the UFC, but internationally, and historically. How you rate greatness is somewhat up to you – is it strictly a who would beat who scenario? How do you weigh things for historical context? Does their fame or importance to MMA matter? All good questions to guide the debate.

One point to consider – for this process please focus on a fighter’s accomplishments specifically at Lightweight. Jose Aldo may have fought at this weight a few times early in his career, but he’s probably not relevant to this discussion.

The process will work exactly like it did last time, which means it’s time to start nominating. Here’s how the nominations work:

You have someone you want to nominate? In the comment section write “Nominate – Fighter Name”, but, you know, replace the words “Fighter Name” with the name of the actual fighter you want to nominate. Clear? Good. So if I want to nominate the great Leonard Garcia, I write:

Nominate – Leonard Garcia

From there, it’s all about the RECS. If someone has nominated Garcia already and you want him to move on to the field of 32, REC that person’s nomination. The top 32 advance to the tournament, and will be seeded accordingly.

One important note here – DON’T nominate the same person more than once. That just confuses things. So if I want to nominate Leonard, I should first search the comments to make sure he hasn’t been nominated. If he has, I REC him. If not, I nominate him.

Nominations for this tournament end this Monday at 5:00 p.m. ET, so get them in now. We’ll have the tournament draw over the weekend, then voting on each head to head match-up begins next week.

And remember folks, rec, rec, rec. You don’t rec up your favorite fighter and he doesn’t get in to the tournament? Well, then you have no one to blame but yourself.

One last note – yes, we will be doing this for every division. Yes, I do know many divisions have a pretty obvious winner. But the real fun will be in the battles leading up to it – don’t you want to debate if Jon Fitch or Jake Shields was the better Welterweight? Just me?

Any other questions, ask them in the comments. If not – LET THE NOMINATIONS BEGIN!

Tournament graphics provided by June M. Williams.

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