i never understand these threads because they always make it sound like something new and different is happening. Belfort didn't fight at middleweight before fighting silva, he didn't fight at lhw before fighting jones. Edgar has lost 2 fights in a row and hasn't fought at the weight class he is now getting a shot at. couture lost a title fight at hw and moved down and got a shot at lhw. certain legends have been constantly gifted titleshots.
the ultimate fighter gets bad ratings because it has been around for 300 seasons. there are only so many times you can watch fighters pee on things before you lose interest.