The MW division had nobody back then, Cote was on a 4 fight win streak with 3 in the UFC, Leites was on a 5 fight win streak in the UFC.
I don't see how this is so hard to grasp. Does nobody remember how shallow MW was back in the day?
No Mercy, Vegemite is the best! Promite is really good too, you should give it a try.
You mentioned Leites and Cote as viable options, now you say it was because there was nobody else to fight except middleweights on winning streaks. Who is there now to fight except Weidman? Lombard arguably lost his first fight.
I agree Cung Le did not deserve to be #1 contender, so how about make it a non-title fight to appeal to the Chinese fans and fans worldwide that want to see Bruce Lee-like MMA?
Following: Cain , JDS, Werdum, Shogun, Machida, Weidman, Pettis, Aldo, Melendez