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Would Another Division Change Make Daniel Cormier One of the Best Ever?

In just under seven years Daniel Cormier has made his mark as one of the very best fighters of the last decade. However, there is a feeling among fans, analysts and even Cormier himself, that a win over Jon Jones would forever solidify his legacy in the sport. Yet with Jones now possibly being absent  for up to two years after a doping violation, where does the UFC light heavyweight champion go to lay claim to being one of the best fighters of all-time? Would a super-fight championship win at heavyweight be the landmark moment needed for Cormier to achieve his goal?

“DC” has a record of 5-1 during his stint as a light heavyweight in the UFC. His lone loss in the division, and in his career, came in January of 2015 to the former champion and erstwhile pound-for-pound kingpin Jon Jones. With that victory Jones maintained his place at the top of the sport. Cormier looked to be in a position where he would have to work his way back up. And at 36-years-old, the opportunities to strengthen his case as an all-time great were disappearing.

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The Curious Case of MMA Scoring

The act of scoring a mixed martial-arts fight is a difficult task. Judging bouts like the likes of Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit and Dominick Cruz vs. T.J. Dillashaw are not enviable undertakings.

Yet for as long as MMA has existed, there has always been a question of if the current American scoring system is the best aggregation of guidelines to properly judge such a diverse sport? UFC color commentator Joe Rogan recently tweeted a similar sentiment after the decision for Lawler/Condit was divisive among fans. Are the judges selected by state athletic commissions not adequately informed to call such bouts? Or is it all of the above and a complete systemic problem?

Going through the rules themselves and getting useful suggestions from the professionals that must adhere to them, brings about some interesting topics for possible improvement.

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