Originally Posted by initial_zen
I'm pretty sure Aldo and Cruz weren't named ufc champions until they defended their belt in their ufc title fight.
Aldo was given his belt. Cruz defended his WEC belt on the last WEC card and then was promoted to UFC champion, thus being named champion in the UFC without having a fight.
EDIT; Actually the Cruz and Ronda situation are very similar. Look at it as Ronda being PROMOTED UFC Champ rather than "given"