Ironically a lot of the winners have fallen off; Riddle, Joe Stephenson, Kendall Grove, Efrain (although he's back), the Albino guy vs Michael Johnson, and who can forget Colton Smith.
The runner ups seem to do better; Uriah Hall, MJ as mentioned, TJ, Brown, etc.
I think losing made them mentally stronger to get better. The winners had an inflated sense of worth, but didn't realize they simply won the "tryouts" imo. Once they got into the Octagon vs veterans they realized how much better the competition was.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.