The downside of being successful is that people scrutinize you for everything. Regardless of how you win, it's about how you win. If you win a fight emphatic fashion, people will forget about your losses and less entertaining wins. However if you win 13 out of 15 fights with 1 draw and 1 loss, people will think your style need adjustment, they will think you do not deserve a shot at the title again.
In comparison to your opponent, who out of 5 chances in the same division has lost 3 of those fights, drawn 1 and won 1, but somehow the fans seem to think he is more deserving, and this is the problem with the sport. -> The JumpWe have a fan favorite vs a grinder wrestler, some people think he is boring and not exciting, but is this a real sport? or is this an entertainment industry? Or can it be both? The problem is that no one is really sure. Jon Fitch is a very dominant fighter who has dominated everyone besides GSP and BJ Penn. BJ came out of the fight with a draw, and was given a beneficial next shot at a contender named Carlos Condit.
But why? He has only won 1 fight at WW in the last 7 years. Jon Fitch has won 12(11 if you count Alves not making weight). How is this a sport? How can a man who has won 1 fight be ahead of a man who has won 12(11) at the same weight class? It does not make sense, this is not a ranking, this is a popularity contest.
If wrestling is this boring and such a sieve to the sport, why not try to create a sport wide rule change? Have a shot clock?
If Fitch is the proverbial George Mikan, then change the rules, give him a timer in the guard, maybe it will make him more exciting too, but don't ruin his opportunities because you want to sell more PPVs, it not only diminishes the sport, but diminishes the purpose of watching it.