MMA Stars for 2011: Rising Lightweight Competitors

December 26, 2010 by  
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Heading into 2011, MMA collectors are looking for the next rising star in the sport. While new fighters emerge each year, a number of top competitors have seen rapid improvements in their rankings as we head into UFC 125 and beyond.

The growing popularity of the sport provides an opportunity for smart collectors to begin focusing their energy on collecting memorabilia from top fighters before they become certified stars. This provides an opportunity to invest in great memorabilia that will rise in both meaning and value over time.

One of the emerging fighters that collectors should pay close attention to is Nik Lentz, a top lightweight fighter who earned his chops as a Division I wrestler at the University of Minnesota. He trained with UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar and was mentored by lightweight champion Sean Sherk at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.

Since his start in 2005, he has earned 20 wins, 14 by TKO or submission, and has recently won or drawn his last 13 matches, including all four of his fights in 2010. As a result, his is rapidly climbing in the lightweight rankings and looks to earn a shot at division contenders as we head into 2011.

B.J. Penn is a former champion who has become a fan favorite for his world class Jiu-Jitsu fighting style. Since his re-entry into the sport in 2007, he has been rapidly ascending to world class status and is rising in popularity off the mat as well as an actor, spokesperson and trainer.

He won a world championships in Jiu-Jitsu before winning his first title at UFC 80 and is poised to rise to the top of the rankings again. He is scheduled to fight Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Australia, providing him with an opportunity to reclaim the title he lost at UFC 112. It is only a matter of time before he challenges Frankie Edgar for the title belt again.

2015 Topps UFC Champions #6 Nik Lentz - NM-MT
2015 Topps UFC Champions #6 Nik Lentz - NM-MT
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2014 TOPPS UFC CHAMPIONS #38  NIK LENTZ  50 CENT SHIP
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2014 Topps UFC Champions Base Singles #1-128 (Pick Your Cards)
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2015 Topps UFC Champions Black #6 Nik Lentz #041 /188 - NM-MT
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