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(Respect the tights, or lose the fight.)

Man, you people do have inquisitive minds, don’t you?  Not only do you have a ton of questions, some of you even write whole, coherent paragraphs while asking them.  The least we can do is try and provide you with some answers in another edition of Ask the Potato.

Got a question of your own?  Head on over to the forums (particularly this thread) and let us know.  Go on, don’t be shy.  Remember your first-grade teacher, the one who said there’s no such thing as stupid questions?  Well she was just killing time until happy hour, so forget everything she told you. 

I hear so much about "The Best Pound-for-Pound" fighter. Is this really a legit "title" of worth or just a lot of "hooey"? Is it really, and I mean REALLY, a legit argument to crown someone the best PFP fighter? – Old, Bald, & Irish

Is it a lot of hooey (interesting word choice, OB&I)?  Yeah, basically.  Not only is it not an actual title in the sense that it can be won and defended, it’s also based on subjective judgments and is ultimately a pointless exercise.  But you know what else?  It’s fun.  So that’s why we keep doing it.

The concept of the pound-for-pound title is generally attributed to boxing observers who wanted a way to celebrate “Sugar” Ray Robinson’s greatness.  He was a middleweight, and the boxing world has always revolved around the heavyweights, even more so back then.  So they started calling Robinson the pound-for-pound best boxer, mostly as a way of giving him the credit they thought he deserved.

In the MMA world, we don’t have the same problem.  We love all our fighters, and not just the big boys.  But we keep the concept alive because it gives us something to argue about, and because – much like chaos moves toward order and order toward chaos – the day we created weight classes was also the day we started trying to imagine what it would be like without them.  

In other words, don’t take it too seriously.  Pound-for-pound rankings are more a thought experiment than anything else.  And we all know Anderson Silva wins any p4p argument, anyway.

im a Norifumi Yamamoto and Shinya Aoki fan. is there any possiblity that they’ll fight in the US and i was wondering if ufc (aoki) and wec (yamaoto) are interesed in them when their contracts are up. and also when are their contract r up? – eat my buns

You don’t care much for spelling or punctuation or capitalization, do you, buns?  That’s okay.  You’ve got kind of an e e cummings thing going on, and we can dig it.  We’re also fans of Aoki and his wacky tights (Yamamoto, yeah, he’s cool too), so we’ve wondered the same thing you have, and we regret to inform you that we are not optimistic.

Aoki made a point of saying how much he’d like to fight B.J. Penn after his recent win over Eddie Alvarez, but he also made of point of saying that he wasn’t interested in signing with the UFC.  Seems like he’s on the Fedor Emelianenko plan, also known as tossing out challenges that he has no intention of fulfilling.

Look, we all know how the UFC works.  You want to fight one of their guys, you have two choices: sign with them, or wait around and hope the guy leaves or gets cut.  B.J. Penn is not going to get cut, and he probably won’t leave any time in the near future.  Aoki wants to stay in Japan and do his thing.  We respect that decision, and can understand the thinking behind it, but at the same time we’re disappointed because it means no way is that fight happening.  Not until someone changes their mind about something.

Why did Wanderlei lose to Rampage? Why does Wanderlei’s stand-up now look like he is trying very, very hard to maintain balance, instead of being what he is – the Axe Murderer? Why did I get goosebumps when Wanderlei walked out, and then literally almost tear up when Wanderlei hit the mat?

Why doesn’t Rampage say "I am going to beat Wanderlei’s behind" instead of his "I’mma whip Van-duh-lays mafuckin ass"?

Why doesn’t the UFC have tournaments anymore for the belt? Like 1 night type tourneys? – Kadumel

One of our friendly moderators already took a crack at answering this one, but we’ll give it a shot as well.  

Wanderlei lost because his wide-open striking style left him, well, wide open for a “Rampage” Jackson left hook.  And when Jackson hits you, you’re going to feel it (though you may not remember it).  This style worked for him when he was in Pride, partially because he was a little younger and faster then, but also because the level of technical skill was generally lower.  That’s not a knock on Pride, but a testament to how much the sport has evolved.  Face it, fighters are better now.  Rampage is better now.  You can’t just rely on aggression and looping hooks anymore.

As for your physical and emotional reaction to Wanderlei’s entrance and exit, it sounds like you’re experiencing an attack of nostalgia.  It happens.  Wanderlei has given you some great memories, and seeing him come down to the Octagon to face “Rampage” Jackson in the UFC feels like a beautiful dream you thought would never come true.  Then it did come true, but much like the dream where you’re on the beach making out with a beautiful woman who then inexplicably turns into your high school principal, Mr. Walters, some dreams you just can’t control.  

To wrap up the rest of your question: Rampage talks like that because it’s fun, and one-night tournaments have too great a potential for turning into injury-riddled shit shows.  Fortunately, that doesn’t bother them over in Japan.

Whats your thoughts on chucks future in MMA? – The Ox King

It’s short, but worth watching.  Chuck Liddell has slowed down a touch and become too predictable.  Both factors combined to bring about his brutal KO loss to Rashad Evans, and if he doesn’t fix at least one of those problems it won’t be the last time we see him crumpled on the canvas.  Fortunately, he seems to realize this.

What’s less certain is whether he realizes that the clock is running out.  Liddell can’t have that many more fights in him.  He isn’t Randy Couture, so he needs to make these next two or three count.  We’d love to see him against Wanderlei again, just for kicks.  If he wins that, maybe a fight with Anderson Silva or a top 205-pound contender.  But it’s doubtful we’ll ever see him wear UFC gold again.

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Madlyn Kura- February 16, 2011 at 3:39 am
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Dakyn- January 10, 2009 at 2:26 am
Why the hell would you want to see Chuck against Anderson Silva? Chuck sucks, Anderson is amazing, it'd be a walkover.

Silva doesn't seem to want to fight for much longer, lets say we all want to watch his last fights in MMA against legitimate challengers, not washed-up-has-beens who are being seriously overpaid.

Oh and as a matter of interest - Chuck was only great in the past for the same reasons that Wanderlei was - they were both younger, faster and fighting a lower standard of fighter -- period!
Big Mac Iraq- January 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Oh dear god. I'll respect his tights if he will respect a cup.

Props to the cup Aoki! It, along with 2 girls, was an internet sensation!
Anonymous- January 9, 2009 at 2:16 pm
he is probably thinking " me mad cause I have no bulge in pants."
Scrambled Eggs- January 9, 2009 at 2:16 pm
@ Anonymous:

Never mind a cloned 170lb Fedor fighting GSP, how about a cloned 6'2", 225lb BJ Penn fighting Fedor, with his ridiculously flexible legs being four feet long. That would be worth $40!
eat my buns- January 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm
wooo, yes! someone notices me!!
F'n Clownshoes- January 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Would Aoki be able towear his tights in the UFC...... Hypothetically
rh- January 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm
QUOTE=cagepotato: Aoki made a point of saying how much he’d like to fight B.J. Penn after his recent win over Eddie Alvarez, but he also made of point of saying that he wasn’t interested in signing with the UFC. Seems like he’s on the Fedor Emelianenko plan, also known as tossing out challenges that he has no intention of fulfilling. /QUOTE


Shouldn't that really be the Dana White plan? Didn't Dana say he was interested in cross promotion when he first took control of the UFC--not just once, but in several interviews?

So if someone is tossing out bullshit that they have no intention of fulfilling, I'd say Dana did it first and does it more often.


rh
BuckWild- January 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm
Question:

How long does it take for the pills to heal and start squirting again once they have been smashed like Cro-Cops ?

oh yeah.. I gotta post this in the forum... never mind ....
Dr.- January 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Oh I know Ryan!! It's totally like they're one of my friends too.
Senor Tampon- January 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm
Fuck I love Old, Bald and Irish!!!!
Old, Bald and Irish- January 9, 2009 at 12:16 pm
@ Young, Hairy and German

You're just jealous.

Go get a girlfriend. The Bens are all mine!

The truth is, The Bens probably couldn't give two sh*ts about me. I just write a lot of crap on their site. The day I stop laying golden eggs, they'll kick me to the curb faster than Overeem gets his knees to Cro Cop's peanuts.
ryan- January 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Dude, i love cage potato. everytime i read the articles, its like you guys are one of my friends, cause u talk and act just like me. but your not me, cause that would be weird. but overall its one of my top MMA sites for sure. i love the humor and sarcastic-ness. keep up the good work...
Anonymous- January 9, 2009 at 11:54 am
Science will one day answer the P4P question. I'd pay $40 to see a cloned Fedor at 170 fighting GSP!
Young, Hairy and German - January 9, 2009 at 11:42 am
you guys are in love with old bald and irish
Spank Mir- January 9, 2009 at 11:31 am
Aoki looks like an Asian version of Nate Diaz - with the semi-concave chest and that sneer full of chin and bottom jaw
Kadumel- January 9, 2009 at 11:21 am
Thanks for the answer. Although I did like the answer to the physical and emotional question better on the forum. Ox said "Sandstorm will do that to a man. It's cool"
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