Most MMA observers know that Randy Couture is the king of getting undeserved title shots.
Well, I suppose undeserved is debatable, since he is a legend and has proven his worth numerous times over the years.
Still, a fighter is not supposed to be rewarded for losing, but Randy never let that train of thought get in the way.
At UFC 36, Couture lost his heavyweight title to Josh Barnett via TKO. However, Barnett tested positive for steroids after the bout and was stripped of the title.
Due to the circumstances, Randy was given a shot at Ricco Rodriguez for the now vacant heavyweight title. Ricco stopped Randy in the fifth round of their fight, and Randy had now lost two in a row.
Nevertheless, Randy was offered a shot at a newly created interim title at light heavyweight against Chuck Liddell. Randy took that opportunity and won the title, eventually winning the legitimate title as well.
A few years later, after he had lost his title, been knocked out by Liddell twice, and subsequently retired for a year, Couture was offered a shot at the heavyweight title against Tim Sylvia.
Though coming off a knockout loss and a year out of the cage, Randy dominated Sylvia and won the heavyweight title yet again.
In the eyes of most, the fact that Randy did nothing to earn that shot never came close to tainting the accomplishment.