I hear what you’re saying, but I think what those examples combined prove is that there is no set-in-stone rhyme or reason as to how the UFC decides who gets the next title shot. They, loosely speaking, generally try to give it to whoever is “most deserving,” but that’s not always a clear, easily-quantifiable thing to define, so they also take into account what would make for an interesting fight that the fans would get excited for and buy tickets/PPV’s for.
With that last point in mind, I have to think that the fans’ interest level in seeing Randy fight Tim next is ranked somewhere around 10th, after CroCop, Nog, Arlovski, etc., etc., etc. Sylvia was never liked very much to begin with, and often put on pretty boring fights even when he was champ.
The UFC wants to make money.
Plus, Randy’s fight with Sylvia wasn’t even close. It would be one thing to consider a rematch pretty soon if it had been a pretty close fight, but it was basically a 5-round shutout.
No think again, Tim has had crap fights for the last year, and couldn’t even finish Monson.
Love him or hate him, Sylvia has five UFC heavyweight belts in his trophy case. The former champ should ALWAYS gets a shot to win his title back.
Couture got KTFO by the Iceman and got another LHW title fight after a lackluster win versus Mike Van Arsdale. Then he got KTFO again, retired for a year, and got an immediate shot at Big Tim’s HW strap.
Matt Hughes got KTFO out by GSP, wins a lackluster decision versus Chris Lytle, and now he is first in line to take take away Matt Serra’s belt.
Rich Franklin got demolished by Anderson Silva, then beat up on a journeyman in Jason McDonald and scored a questionable decision versus Yushin Okami and now he has another shot.
Hell, Andrei Arlovski got an IMMEDIATE rematch after getting KTFO by Sylvia in their second fight.[/quote]