UFC FW champ Jose Aldo doesn't care about rankings, trainer isn't worried about Pettis-Melendez

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Responding to criticism from UFC president Dana White, Jose Aldo explains that the only thing he cares about is winning, not rankings. Also his trainer isn't worried that Gilbert Melendez is getting next crack at LW champ Anthony Pettis.

The fallout from the Gilbert Melendez contract dispute with the UFC continues as UFC Featherweigh champ Jose Aldo and the fans will now have to wait longer, and maybe forever for the Pettis-Aldo clash. But never fear, Aldo's coach Andre Pederneiras of Nova Uniao isn't concerned. Here's what he told MMA Junkie:

"It was Pettis who issued the challenge. Aldo accepted and was awaiting a date to be chosen.

"In reality, I just learned about this myself. I haven't talked to Aldo yet, but we're not worried about it."

For his part, Aldo has responded to Dana White's criticisms that he's been laying back and not going for the finish in his UFC tenure. Following Aldo's dominant decision win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169, Dana argued that Aldo's alleged tentativeness would cost him in the pound-for-pound rankings. Here's how Aldo responded to MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz:

"I don't think I have slowed down. I may be more strategic, but offensive as always. I attacked a lot in my last fight. We always try the knockout but it's hard to get it if the opponent always runs away.

"If you lose, no one will remember you, but if you're the champion they will always remember you. I want to keep winning, no matter what.

"The ranking is f--king useless, and I don't care about it or anything people put on (about it). The best pound-for-pound fighter is (Cain) Velasquez because he beats all of them. If they put him against me, he'd beat me. That's how it works for me. The best is that one that beats everybody. I don't care about the rankings."

There you have it.

Presumably Aldo's next fight will be a title defense rematch against top contender Chad Mendes who's won 5 straight since Aldo KO'd him at UFC 142 in early 2012.

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