I'm really getting sick of topics like these...utterly sick of them.
Pretty much every dude looking for attention/a reaction makes some ridiculous topic talking about someone or something is "bad for the sport".
As if ESPN will just go live as soon as Jones wins and announce "Jones has just won the title, how ridiculous that a 13-0 fighter won a world championship! He could've at least been 15-0 or 16-0 like Machida or Rashad!, what a joke MMA is! You know what, we are canceling MMA Live! Oh, and Canada has just reconsidered its sanctioning of it. The sport is a joke. HAHAHAHHA!..13-0 guy winning a title...WOOOOO! Kneeslapper! Dana had us all fooled! Back to you Dan!"
13 fights is far from normal for contending for a title shot. Mind you, most people don't get there in 3 years, but Jones has been fighting and had advanced a lot quicker than most dudes. Most dudes don't even TAKE 13 fights at his age, let alone win them, most being in the top org in the world.
Leon ******* Spinks...a 6-0-1 guy beat the greatest HW champion(past prime but didn't matter, he was still the champ) in the history of the sport.and not because he was some prodigious virtuoso. Just because he was pretty damn fortunate and ended up losing a rematch to 100 years old Ali and never doing shit ever again. Of course...that was "bad for the sport"..as we all remember the tarnished legacy of the so called greatest fighter in boxing.
As for basketball, dudes have been recruited from random places in Africa just because they were tall then became NBA players.
Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the greatest players to ever play, was essentially recruited for college on a ******* soccer field, and had never even picked up a basketball before then.