MMA Power Rankings -- Lightweight
Wednesday, Aug. 17
It was July 2009 when he painted the UFC 100 canvas the color of Mac Danzig's blood, and Jim Miller has been toiling along toward a crack at the lightweight belt ever since. Two years and seven victims later, he arrived in Milwaukee at UFC Live 5, where he was triple-dog sworn to get a crack at the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard for that ever elusive strap. But there was a hitch -- first he had to get by Benson Henderson, the wildest, most dynamic obstacle in Miller's long, winding course. It was hard to see Miller's title bid end two years in the making, but Henderson showed once again why he could be a future champion at 155 pounds.
With the loss, Miller drops a little in this week's lightweight Power Rankings, and Henderson continues his climb north. What's next for Miller? A bout with No. 10 Anthony Pettis, who was also on the cusp on a title shot not so long ago, would make a lot of sense. And as for Bendo, a title eliminator against Clay Guida could be on the not-so-distant horizon. Meanwhile, Maynard is closing in on his trilogy fight with Edgar, Gilbert Melendez is idling while he awaits word on Jorge Masvidal, and Melvin Guillard is keeping busy with a bout against Joe Lauzon at UFC 136.
It's the deepest division in MMA, and it's about to get real interesting.