This is guaranteed to be an unpopular opinion but I wholeheartedly believe MMA needs a world governing body or sporting federation. Sport federations and world governing bodies are nongovernmental groups which work with public and private organizations to organize, sanction, and promote a sport. It's ridiculous that we recognize promotional champs (UFC, Pride, Strikeforce, etc.) as being valid international champions, when they are in no way guided by an international governing body or sporting federation. If Ford motor corporation put on races, crowned a Ford champ, and restricted drivers contractually to only compete in Ford promoted races how the fuck would we know who was the legitimate world champion? This would allow for the kinds of high profile, cross promotional matchups we all want to see. No more absurd money fights. Legitimate champions. Better rights for athletes competing in the sport. And on and on.