Spend enough time in the fight game, and you begin to recognize certain patterns. Together these make up something of an unwritten set of rules, which assists one to understand and navigate the absurd world of professional combat sports.
Included on this invisible ledger are centuries’ old adages from the sweet science, like that a great fighter will typically continue competing long enough to desecrate their legacy, few things are sacred enough to come between a promoter and a bag of money and fights premised on ethnic confrontation sell the most tickets. More recent additions include that extreme weight cutting is a precursor to competitive success, wrestlers need to win more fights than strikers to get title shots in mixed martial arts, and fighters who’ve pissed off Dana White will not be inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame.
Another rule that’s been part of the code for close to a decade now is that Jon Jones is, for all intents and purposes, unbeatable inside the Octagon.
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