Great points, Dave! I think you're absolutely correct. Ditto for code of conduct working both ways.
I'm not surprised either. There's much more competition to fill those spots in the UFC than there used to be, more hungry, up-and-coming fighters. UFC was more accepting of the "known" fighters who would lose 3, win one then lose another 2 in the old days. Not anymore! I was surprised at the overall level of skill shown in the new TUF series.