The obvious answer is because it's partially a female season and that's new to the UFC. The women's division is the newest division to be incorporated into the UFC. But is that really it? I'm working on an article about the direction they could take TUF if the typical "fight for a contract in x division" method doesn't work, and one of the angles I'm trying to take is that part of the reason people seem so invested in the women's bracket in TUF 18 is because we know a lot of the female fighters already. We knew who Shayna Baszler was, we knew who Roxanne Modafferi was, we knew who Tara LaRosa was. Making sure the fighter is well known is the strategy used when assigning coaches, so why not (to a lesser extent) do so with the contestants? While this specific idea is a bit out there, would you not be way more interested if the seasons were a little shorter but consisted of four top 10 contenders battling it out in a mini-tournament for a shot at the title? Or, instead of having every fighter enter the house through try outs and elimination matches, have a handful of fighters voted in by interested/willing fighters. Fighters would of course have to be cleared by the UFC before voting in to avoid the Fedor votes and what not, but you get the idea. While the #1 contender season would certainly be hard to pull off, if there were ever a time in a division where it seemed viable, would you be more interested? If so, how do you think it could work (since it seems pretty far fetched at the moment). Does the voting fighters in idea appeal to you? If so, same question - what would the best way for it to work be? Just some food for thought and if you guys are up for the discussion that'd be great!