Lesnar was 1-1.
I guess retiring Liddell counted for something. But from what Dana was saying after Shogun beat Liddell, it really seemed like the whole plan was to get Shogun in a title fight as fast as possible. I think had he beaten Forrest he would have fought for the title in his next fight. They definitely couldn't give him the title after that, so they gave him Coleman and he performed like shit there too...So they gave him the best test they could and threw him in there with Liddell (which was a dream fight) and he looked like vintage Shogun.
I think the gears are turning to have Shogun/Rampge 2 for the belt. Face it, the UFC doesn't want Machida in the top spot. Fans are starting to accept him but really he is, on the surface, a boring fighter. Someone like Shogun that is near Kamikaze at times, is what the UFC wants holding their belts. The larger portion of the fanbase, Generation TUF, can connect with someone like that.
Anderson Silva earned his title shot against Franklin the first time after only beating Chris Leben.