That's just the way it turned out, I guess. I truly think Interim belts are meaningless, though I'm not taking anything away from Nog.
I mean, why even have an interim belt in the first place if your gameplan from day one was to wait out the legal battle and bring Randy back into the fold? And why even crown an Interim champ at all when his first defense after winning the belt is after the actual champion defends the real belt?
It definitely sounds like a crappy WWE storyline, but only because UFC botched the whole Interim Champ thing. If you're gonna crown an Interim Champ, then put the guy out there to defend the belt. Don't let the division stagnate. It'll be eleven events since Nog won the strap from Sylvia. That just makes the entire Interim Champ thing seem meaningless.
I'm rambling, of course. Big props to Nog, I'm actually looking forward to Nog/Mir and the conclusion of the mini-tourney to get an undisputed champ. But UFC really shot themselves in the foot by not having Nog defend the title at least once in eleven shows. It makes the Interim strap meaningless.