He didn't. He does not deserve a shot to the title , in my opinion. Actually , I Don't understand why in the toughest division in the UFC with more than 15, monsters the golden shot went to that guy who didn't do anything impressive in the UFC
Anyway I don't think Gil deserved the shot, but since the other top 10 fighters are mostly booked of not ready for a title shot or rematches for Pettis I can see how it happened. Oh, and getting more Mexicans in high profile fights will help expand the UFC's market, so it's also good for business.
Should be a good fight, so I don't mind.
Adudeapart - Manhoef's striking can't really be described as simply "power." Its more or less a form of population control.