LHW is a new challenge that means slightly more than just being a highly ranked guy in a division where the champion has beat him twice. And its damaging for other MW's, if Rich beats the likes of Nate he knocks off a contender but will never really be a contender himself. It makes no sense and is utterly pointless. So there is a few good fights at MW, I see your point there but its still a very shit situation for Rich and I completely see the sense in him wanting to fight at LHW.
Man, just let the vet fight where he wants to fight, at LHW.
Rich has more than earned this privilege. I hope he never gets relegated to gatekeeper status, I think he's far better than that.
Cote v Bisping would be an exciting fight, IMO.