Machida did not earn a title shot. ....
Aw come on, he earned it. The dude has been fighting spectacularly lately. He's the only fighter in the world that can beat Jones. Belfort has absolutely nothing to lose. This will be his last title shot ever, and he wouldn't have gotten a shot had this not happened. Same with Chael. They had absolutely nothing to lose. Now Belfort is going to get taken down and destroyed. But, you never know. He has a punchers chance.
But Machida and the others did the right thing. It's easy for us fans to sit here and whine when fighter don't throw away their careers for us, but put yourself in their shoes and you'l sing a different tune.