MMAJunkie.com has the news:
At today's UFC 109 pre-event press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed the recent speculation and guaranteed the winner a shot at the belt.
White, who emceed today's presser at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's Mizuya Lounge in Las Vegas, said he always considered the co-headlining fight a No. 1 contender's bout.
“We always had it in mind,” White said. “These are two of the top five [middleweights] in the world depending on what you look at.”