Originally Posted by Dr. MMA
I didn't find a thread on it, but do you think the current way of measuring reach is accurate? i.e. by measuring wingspan.
I don't know why it makes any sense to measure the person's chest along with the arms. This inflates reach unnecessarily. Some people have wider chests and may not have the reach advantage people boast about. Two people that come to mind are GSP and Lesnar who have pretty wide chests for their weight class. They probably each have a reach advantage but may be not to the magnitude mentioned in the tale of the tape.
I think it is measured wrong. Why use finger tips. IMO it should be from the center of the chest to the end of a closed fist.
Plus, when you go across someone entire back and chest (like you said) it can easliy skew the results.