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Opinion: UFC rankings system is flawed and seemingly irrelevant

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has nurtured a habit of putting together riveting battles between its mixed martial arts (MMA) combatants, which evoke an array of emotions inside and outside of the cage.

But, because of its eagerness to give the average fan an engaging storyline — or a volatile clash of styles — UFC has completely undercut its own rankings system, leading to multiple fighters occupying spots that they may not deserve.

It’s happened quite often, even as recently as this year with Bethe Correia and UFC using her backstory of defeating Ronda Rousey training partners to build a UFC 190 women’s Bantamweight title main event around. Interim Featherweight champion and rambunctious personality Conor McGregor is another example of a fighter taking advantage of every microphone put before him to obtain bigger bouts.

Both Correia and McGregor were arguably thrust into the spotlight — without any marquee wins under their belts (Dustin Poirier perhaps the lone exception) — prior to his dismissal of Chad Mendes in July.

For all intents and purposes, they were the perfect antagonists for Rousey and Jose Aldo. They made for great theater.

But then there’s the likes of fan favorites Mark Hunt ….View original article

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