It might have been said before in this thread but one of the conditions of Hendo signing with the UFC was that he would get an immediate title shot. I heard that on the interview that Frank Trigg did with Mr. Sunshine (see Five Ounces of Pain | An MMA Blog
for the link) or it was on the video interview that Rampage did with Sherdog before the fight.
You can't complain about his ring rust if he requested an immediate title shot as one of his signing conditions. Rampage wanted two fights before Chuck but Hendo wanted to jump right in.
To be honest I did not want to see either guy loose.