Originally Posted by Dr. MMA
Well that's how it seemed he earned the shot but after that he ended up fighting Hughes (#1 contendor at the time) for the interim title, which you could just really call a #1 contendorship match. So beating the #4 ww and then beating the #3 ww to get ur title shot isn't as stupid as you would think.
An Interim title shot is still a title shot, and he was in line to fight the winner of Hughes vs Serra anyways. His title shot wouldn't be that stupid if it was his first title shot, it was his fucking third. Hughes and Nog are the only people I can think of off the top of my head who have challenged for the same title 3 times (counting interims as well), GSP has never even defended it and counting the Interim shot he has had 4 shots at UFC welterweight belts.