Strange things are happening to the most mystical division in the UFC.
Imagine that the lightweight division is wine in a glass. There are other names for it. Shark tank. Stacked. Deep. It's all down there swirling at the bottom in a great dense state. Right now, it's corked, not able to spread. Think of #UFC205 as the potentially cataclysmic event that either pops it off and lets it spread into pandemonium, or keeps it bottled in homeostasis.
A dangerous bear lurks out in the woods of the division. The winged, underground king struggles to keep his crown as boogeymen appear out of thin air. Out of all the calamity, one chaos magician armed with luck and faith keeps getting closer to winning the game he may have constructed himself. All this while a smoke monster looms around the perimeter, waiting to destroy once again.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, Michael Johnson, Eddie Alvarez and wildcard Conor McGregor all fight on Saturday night on "The Island" of Manhattan at Madison Square Garden. With Nate Diaz pacing for a rematch with McGregor and Tony Ferguson's recent victory over Rafael dos Anjos, the implications of #UFC205 make the lightweight division incredibly complex. But is there someone or some force manipulating the energies from beyond our comprehension?
So where does the division go from here? Will Alvarez be a torch in the jungle, searching through the murky darkness, finally making sense of it all? Or will one of the many threats around the island finally turn everything upside down?
Where is the lightweight division, but everywhere and nowhere?