Power Rankings: Lightweight

Updated: January 30, 2013, 2:48 PM ET
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Tuesday, Jan. 29
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How do you treat an 11-month layoff, in which time your title shot slips to the back burner? Exactly how Anthony Pettis did against Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 6. Pettis came in cool and poised. He attempted an early cartwheel kick that ended with him eating a knee. For a brief moment he launched off the fence, but -- unlike his WEC title-winning effort when he posterized Benson Henderson -- it didn't result in a spectacular avail. But then he kicked Cerrone in the liver, and down went the "Cowboy" in a painful heap. All of that action happened in two and a half intense minutes. Now it's up to him to wait for the winner of Gilbert Melendez and Henderson, which happens in April. If he gets antsy, Gray Maynard would really love to fight Pettis. Maynard has made that desire known, and he reiterated the point on Twitter after the fight. If that fight were to take place, it could be a pure No. 1 contender's fight. If it doesn't, Pettis has earned his shot. And the division looks deeper, too. Why? Because of TJ Grant, who unleashed a couple of no-nonsense elbows on Matt Wiman. Could Jim Miller be in the cards for him in the near future? It's wait and see.