(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.
How’d you manage to put such a great site together? –Poindexter
Two words: Child Labor.