Do I respect those fighters who want the best? Sure. Some of them even make a name for themselves for wanting to fight the best. They will win some fans over as well as their teammates. They MAYBE even make a big enough name to get signed anyway. It still doesn't mean its smart.
I think of it like many other types of playoff brackets. I would much rather avoid the toughest teams and survive the tournament.
There are just too many benefits to winning the whole TUF tournament. My odds of living out that dream would be better being matched up to my strengths. I don't blame these guys at all for wanting to put the odds in their favor.