Is it possible for him to win? sure, but it isn't because he is a fantastic fighter or anything. If you take a look back, eventually all the good fighters will end up losing to a new young durable fighter with decent power. And that's not because the young fighter is that great of a fighter or exceptional at anything, they're just there at the right place at the right time. Chris Weidman is a perfect example, and you can look further back as well. Fact of the matter is, eventually a good fighter will slow down, due to aging, injuries, Cruz is a great fighter, but you can already tell he has been slowing down ever since his injuries happened. He did win those fighters when he came back, but he wasn't the same Cruz, the speed in which he pivots and move around wasn't the same anymore. So can Cody win? sure, but young people that win like this never stay dominant for long even if they end up becoming a champion or beats a legend. To be a "reigning" champ, simply being young, durable with decent power isn't nearly enough. Brendan Schuab is another example. All of these guys, there's really nothing that stands out about them, they all are mediocre at standup, wrestling, bjj - i guess you can call them the "new breed" of fighters who know and train every aspect of the game, but none of them are blackbelt or exceptional at any areas. What they got going for them is that they are FRESH, and have ok hand power, and they were there at the right time to fight someone who's already been in the game for a long long time and been through many a wars and possibe injuries.