The UFC has found itself in a peculiar position. The Bantamweight champion of the world, Renan Barao, is one of the top fighters in the UFC. He has done nothing but be a killer since he stepped into the Octagon. Conversely, he is one of the least-popular fighters in the UFC. Jeez, even guys like Brad Pickett get more coverage than Barao. If I was Barao, I would be looking to change this situation, like right now.
It has been made painfully obvious that Barao is not going to. I, for the life of me, cannot understand why, but hey it is his life, not mine. It would seem that the UFC has taken notice of this and is now pushing Barao harder than ever. Barao is a monster and should be given credit for that. However, the UFC has officially crossed the line when Dana White said that Barao is better than Jose Aldo. In your dreams, bud.
Aldo has proven to be one of the best talents the UFC has ever seen. He has literally gone through his division with a tenacity that is rarely seen and has shown some of the greatest performances that the fans have ever seen. Skill wise Aldo and Barao are pretty much the same; they have very similar styles and they tend to stick to the outside and utilize kicks to keep their opponents confused. There is one huge factor that separates these two in regards to pound-for-pound greats; Frankie Edgar.
Edgar was the undisputed Lightweight Champion at one time, and then he dropped a weight class to fight Aldo for the Featherweight title. Aldo won the closely contested contest, but he won. Until Barao beats a champion from another weight class, this should not even be an argument.