Originally Posted by Gun'n'Run
EVERY title shot ever given in the UFC fit this single criterion:
The fighter awarded a title shot is the fighter who, of the fighters available to fight when the champion is set to make his next defense, is considered the most dangerous challenger to the champion's title based upon his record, his prior opponents, and his skillset displayed in past fights.
THAT IS IT.
There's no reason to think both these guys won't fit that criterion in the near future. In fact, one will almost certainly fit that criterion after this fight and if the loser can't win his next fight either, well he wasn't going to make much of a champ anyway.
You would hope so, but it's definitely not every time. Sonnen got a shot at Jones when he had literally 0 chance.
Belforts shot at Jones he had very little, and better fighters were available.
Diazs shot at gsp he stood very little chance, and johnny hendricks was about.