The Point of Pound-for-Pound Rankings

Fans of MMA are drawn to the unpredictability of the sport. Whether that be upsets such as Forrest Griffin choking out Shogun Rua and Matt Serra knocking out Georges St Pierre, or the in fight turn arounds of Scott Smith’s comeback against Pete Sell and Cheick Kongo’s uppercut KO of Pat Barry on wobbly legs. This unpredictability makes any matchup exciting for fans to speculate on because anything can happen and anyone can make the right prediction on their day.

If like most people you aren’t waging large amounts of cash on these predictions, the aim of speculating surely must be fun. When even MMA experts such as Randy Couture are notoriously bad at picking fight outcomes, surely any outsider’s opinion on a fight must be taken with a grain of salt.

Now when you extend that to P4P rankings the same must apply. There is no P4P belt. There is no way to even out the weight differential between Fedor Emelianenko and Kenny Florian and decide a fair winner. There is no point in stressing over the P4P rankings because the fighters certainly don’t. The point of pound for pound rankings is to take the unknown, the unexpected and the ‘what if?’ mentality of the sport and let the fan’s imaginations run away. Why? Because it’s fun.

P.S. Kenny by TKO (he finishes fights)

– Jonathan Cooke from VT-1 Gym


About vt1mma

I teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu, MMA and Krav Maga to Adults, Teens and Kids at Sydney's best Martial Arts Academy I travel the world to learn from the best and to bring back cutting edge techniques and methods to my students.
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