Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 2/26/13
Clearly, the UFC’s new Fighter Rankings mean absolutely nothing. Apparently, the best way to earn a title shot isn’t to score a top spot in the media-voted polls, but to win a pivotal scrap in a different division. Anthony Pettis was granted next dibs at the lightweight crown after trouncing Donald Cerrone at UFC 156. However, instead of waiting to face the victor of the April 20th bout between 155-pound champ Benson Henderson and Melendez, “Showtime” decided he didn’t want to ride the pine that long and was handed an immediate crack at featherweight king Jose Aldo’s (Pictured) throne. Now, UFC President Dana White has told MMAJunkie that Aldo will score an instant opportunity at lightweight gold should he beat Pettis on August 3rd. Although Aldo hasn’t competed at 155 pounds since November 2005, his transition to the larger weight class has been anticipated for quite some time. If “Scarface” successfully defends his hardware against Pettis and proceeds to snatch ...
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