Remember the days when winning was essential to get a shot at a UFC title?
Those days appear to be long gone now.
That’s because Jose Aldo, who is coming off a loss to Marlon Moraes, has been granted the next title fight at bantamweight.
Aldo will face division champion, Henry Cejudo, in the main event of UFC 250 on May 9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Breaking: UFC bantamweight champ Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo), aka Triple C, will defend his title against featherweight GOAT Jose Aldo (@josealdojunior) at UFC 250 on May 19 in São Paulo, Brazil, per Dana White and additional sources. pic.twitter.com/PkYq4Xy4oS
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 24, 2020
Prior to losing to Moraes, Aldo lost to Alexander Volkanovski, so getting a title shot off two straight losses? Ridiculous.
Granted, Cejudo called out Aldo after he lost to Moraes last year, so it’s not out of the ordinary to see a champ get what he wants.
But what kind of precedent does this set moving forward? Does winning not matter anymore?
Do belts no matter anymore? Do rankings?
But, that seems to be the norm these days, as Yoel Romero also got a title shot against Israel Adesanya coming off two losses.
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