No, between Nick, Clayton, Rich, Uscola, and James, Rich was the safest choice for Dana and the UFC. Rich is good enough to sign but could also be cut he didn't have the major physical issues Clayton and Nick had or the skill issues Uscola and James had.
The best fight match-up for Yager would have been Brad, but all the extra BS from both guys got in the way. Brad vs Seth II makes sense so we are okay with it, it might not even be an elimination fight, espcially if Court wins in the finals.
In a perfect world we would get McGhee/Bryant and Yager/Tavares as future PPV fights.