Power Rankings: Lightweight

Updated: November 20, 2012, 11:27 AM ET
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Should Strikeforce dissolve as many suspect it will, the UFC's lightweight division would become the most stacked class in MMA history. Already boasting the likes of Benson Henderson, Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard and Donald Cerrone, imagine Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson jumping into the fray, along with Eddie Alvarez from Bellator. Remember, the UFC's lightweight class was already so crammed with beasts that former champion Frankie Edgar and contender Clay Guida bolted for greener pastures at 145 pounds. And right now there's one particular 155er on the move, and that's is Rafael dos Anjos. He was dominant against Mark Bocek at UFC 154, but glimpsing his resume tells the story. In his last nine UFC fights, he's lost two. The one against Gleison Tibau was a toss-up split decision that many he won. The other was a loss to Guida when a broken jaw ended things suddenly. Until that moment, he was arguably winning that fight, as well. In other words, Dos Anjos could as easily be riding a nine-fight winning streak right now. Look for the 28-year old to get a top-10 155-er in his next fight.