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(I’m not sure I even want to see the g-string he’s planning to stuff that into.)

Your first grade teacher used to say there was no such thing as a stupid question. She was an alcoholic who dropped out of law school and became a teacher so she’d could get to the bar by 3 pm everyday and have all summer to drink herself into a stupor. Bet you didn’t know that, did you? Well, we thought you should hear it from us. Here are some other answers you aren’t going to like. Got a question of your own? Ask it here.

What happens if Money Mayweather vs. Pacquiao gets made for May 1? Does Dana White move Machida vs. Rua II off of that date? Let’s face it, a man in his position can’t afford to be made to look ridiculous……the smart business move is to move off of that date, but avoiding competition from Boxing is unlike anything Dana has done in the past. Thoughts? – Operation Shutdown

First of all, Pacquiao-Mayweather seems now like it will happen on March 13, which will probably be the same date as UFC 111, the event where Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy will throw caution, common sense, and health codes to the wind simply by traveling to Newark, New Jersey. But your point remains, if they’re on the same night, should the UFC pull out of a date simply to avoid a head-to-head showdown with a huge boxing event?


If you were to put that question to Dana White, our guess is he’d respond with a torrent of expletives followed by the word ‘no.’ Aside from practical considerations (booking the Prudential Center isn’t like reserving a table for a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, OpShut), DW isn’t the type of guy to cut and run.

Yeah, UFC 111 would probably get smoked by Pacquiao-Mayweather in terms of PPV buys, but so what? This will be a huge night for boxing, but it will only be one night. After Pacquiao and Mayweather have gone home, the UFC will be back a month later with 112 in London, and then back again on May 1 with Machida-Shogun II. Meanwhile, where does boxing go after March 13? Bob Arum will never admit it, but he has no freaking clue. The UFC can take it on the chin for one night if they need to. That’s the benefit of having a roster full of fighters fans want to see.

Out of all the fighters you have met who was the oddest? – Ballentine

Without a doubt, it’s Diego Sanchez. I realize that sounds like the obvious answer, but it’s true. When it comes to weird, there are a few different varieties. There’s crazy weird, like “Mayhem” Miller. There’s silly weird, like Kazushi Sakuraba. And then there’s disarmingly sincere weird, which is what Diego Sanchez is. He’s totally serious about everything, not putting up any type of front, and yet the things he says and the intensity with which he says them sometimes make you want to slowly back away, being careful to make no sudden movements.  It’s basically the same reaction you’d have if you walked into a Subway on your lunch break and a fully-clothed Bigfoot was working there, calmly putting on his plastic gloves and asking you what kind of bread you’d like. 

I hear Joe Rogan say it all the time, so and so is in such great shape they recover from getting rocked quickly. How exactly does being in great shape help a fighter recover after getting rocked? – Nicer

Joe Rogan says a lot of stuff that isn’t always strictly backed up by scientific evidence. He also has millions of dollars and yet only appears to own about two collared shirts, so we can chalk some of that up to him being a good old American iconoclast who’s high on both life and weed (but mostly weed). In this case, I think what Joe might be talking about is not so much pure cardiovascular conditioning as mental and physical fight conditioning.

Guys who train hard, past the point of exhaustion every day, they get used to fighting without thinking. It’s kind of like how we’ve gotten used to writing without thinking. They can get rocked by a punch and their bodies instinctively pull guard and go into defense mode. Just like we can get rocked by several whiskeys and our fingers still hammer out fairly obvious jokes. That’s the benefit of soul-deadening repetition.

HELP! I can’t seem to log in on the main pages. I have multiple times asked for a new password to be emailed to me, but nothing ever comes through. What can I do? – Scrambled Eggs

Yeah, we hear that a lot. You know what we do when we hear that? We tell our tech guys. Then we resume not knowing a goddamn thing about why this happens or how to fix it. Somewhere in there we also find time to eat lunch.

Why the fuck dont you guys ever post in the forums???? huh why?? Is it something we did well we are sorry ok dont be like that….If there is someone eles just tell us…..we miss you’s. – The Ox King

We’re not sure how to say this, Ox, but yes, it is something you did. By that we mean you specifically. That’s probably not easy to hear, but we aren’t going to sugarcoat it like your parents did when they got a divorce. That was your fault for crying and screaming and throwing up at strange intervals as a child, and our reluctance to post in the forums is a result of you continuing to do those things as an adult. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to get back to the forum we do regularly post in.

When are you going to ask Shane Carwin what his real height is. It’s just getting ridiculous now. He’s gotta be 6’2" at best and has been listed at 6’3" or 6’4" but I just saw a commercial for 106 that said he’s 6’5"! If he wins the belt he’s gonna be taller than Tim Silvia. – Danomite

Let us ask you a question, Danomite. What’s with your obsession with Carwin’s height? You seem to take it as a personal affront that he might be getting an extra inch or two on the UFC website or elsewhere. Carwin himself has said that he’s 6’2”. We’re not sure where you’re getting this 6’5” nonsense, but we’re also not sure why this seems to be such a big deal to you. He’s a big dude, okay? Brock Lesnar is also a big dude. When they finally fight, it will be two big dudes fighting one another. An inch or two in height one way or another probably isn’t going to decide the outcome.

When you guys do Ben vs Ben, who comes up with the questions? A one word answer will suffice. – Rokabee

Your mother. Damn, that’s two words. And they aren’t true.

The fact is, we don’t know who comes up with the questions, and it’s important that we never find out. We receive them by climbing up to a mountain cave several thousand feet above sea level and there they are, carved into a wax tablet and handed to us by a trained monkey that was blinded many years ago to keep him from learning the secrets that lay within that cave. A former Cage Potato editor once tried to venture farther inside to discover the source of the questions. He emerged a week later and his hair had turned completely white. He hasn’t spoken a word since. The doctors say he now has the internal organs of a 150-year-old man. He never sleeps, and yet he cannot seem to die.

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OpShut- December 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm
CP - Thanks for taking my question, but Dana's actual answer (via Twitter) was:
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"The UFC and pac man vs mayweather will not be the same night. I am pumped for that fight and will be there for that one!!!"
10:07 PM Dec 6th from TwitterBerry
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- so I guess he is smart enoughto not "take it on the chin". Also, while Prudential Center is not as easy to book as Chuck E Cheese, it's highly likely that Medieval Times is running at a higher rate of occupancy....

Oh and by the way, you guys post every piece of "acting" by Rampage you get your hands on, but miss the obvious "Godfather" quote in my question? For shame....
UFC fan- December 4, 2009 at 11:34 am
yeah its ironic that a braindead idiot who writes stupid shit on the internet is actually typing to me.
how are you wutang? hows that dead brain?
WuTangClan- December 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm
UFC Fan says: "Boxing is dead and doesn't have enough brain, and nerve linkage to know it is dead"

Irony.

"...writes stupid shit on the internet."

More irony.
WuTangClan- December 3, 2009 at 11:54 am
Never had any problems opening this site on Firefox on the laptop, but when I try to go to Cagepotato on my PS3 browser, just a bunch of random numbers and letters show up on the screen.

Fix that shit.
danomite- December 3, 2009 at 7:54 am
Thank you for bringing my obsession to light cagepotato. I didn't realize it until you mentioned it, but now I can admit I am obsessed with Shane Carwin's height. I am entering a rehabilitation clinic to seek treatment for this and have already taken celebheights.com off of my favorites list.

But seriously, I swear I heard the voiceover guy say he was 6'5" on one of the commercials before the fight got cancelled and basically I started talking about his height because I wanted you guys to call a very large, scary man a liar during your interview. Also, I am a little upset that you never used my suggestion for a nickname for him. Personally, I would be proud to be called Shane "the Main Vein" Carwin, but that's just me I guess.
831 Son- December 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm
^^Looks like someone is jealous. Pussy ass bitch. Don't cry because your life sucks, faggot.
UFC fan- December 2, 2009 at 9:11 pm
who gives a fuck if UFC 111 is on the same date as 2 monkeys-fucking , one trick pony boxing? Boxing is dead and doesn't have enough brain, and nerve linkage to know it is dead, it hemorrhages money and is the most boring corrupt piece of trash sport on the planet.

the question and answer thing was funny, somewhat, but seriously listening to anything Joe Rogan says is dumb, this is a man who smokes way to much pot , drinks his own urine for no reason other than he saw Machida doing it, and now he sits in a 150 thousand dollar water tank and smokes dope and writes stupid shit on the internet.
Gargoroth- December 2, 2009 at 8:57 pm
Pacquiao will whip Floyd Gayweathers ass. He will have to chase him though, Floyd will not engage, he will run all 12 rounds. He will pull a Hector "Macho" Camacho. I hate that douche bag Gayweather. GO PACMAN!
rokabee- December 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm
In regards to my question, Dumbledore would have sufficed.
Komodo- December 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm
Bleh... I hope Manny knocks him the fuck out.

Also yeah... hooray for Firefox. Though sometimes I still have a royal bitch of a time connecting to CP.
DangadaDang- December 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm
i meant before saturdays finale, damn screen skipping
DangadaDang- December 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm
ok, i might just be a little drunk but i gotta ask this....

If after tonights episode of the ultimate fighter, there will be roy Nelson, Brendan schuab, and the winners of the selective fights. Are they planning on airing another episode for saturday's finale? Because theres still two fights left and its not like any of them have the stamina for a tournament stlye finale.
MediumRare- December 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm
As for the UFC moving their dates around to avoid being on the same night as the boxing.... who gives a shit? Anyone who has an interest in seeing the Pacquiao beat Mayweather will watch it online the next morning (or vise versa if they haven't discovered the MMA is much more exciting to watch than boxing yet).
MediumRare- December 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm
Anyone who has trouble with the site using IE:

STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER

Firefox is free and it works fine. Microsoft doesn't care about standards-compliance for IE. The developers of the web site can do a perfect job and IE can still fuck it up.

Firefox is free and a chimp could install it.
Sabado Gigante- December 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Perhaps there is more than one Shane Carwin, kinda like there was more than one Undertaker back in the day...
imakeutap- December 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Funny Shit!!

Bigfoot and the Immortal Editor was funny, i had to try not to laugh out loud, hard cuz im stoned right now ;)
agentsmith- December 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm
There's only one way to settle this Shane Carwin issue... at the next weigh-in, make him stand up against a door frame and mark it with a pencil like mom used to do.
Japanadian- December 2, 2009 at 12:32 pm
what is this, smart ass answers to stupid questions. If you don't think being in great shape will scientifically let you take more damage you are an idiot. Stronger neck muscles + good flexibility + good blood flow = less chance of getting ko'd. Maybe learn something before bad mouthing Joe Rogans weed smoking.
internet explorer= shit, get firefox, haven't had a problem since
robthom- December 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm
I think I'd rather visit Jersey than New York. I wonder if the whole thing really stinks so horribly because the people seem kind of cool.
MacBeth- December 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Carwin is listed on UFC.com as being 6'5, wikipedia has him as 6'1 and Sherdog has him as 6'4
ReDx- December 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm
If it was the same date as dipshit vs Pacman then Dana would just man up and take the hit. By him moving it he'd just be admitting defeat right there, that's not like Dana at all.
SocraticMethod- December 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Wikipedia also has March 27 listed, for whatever that is worth.
SocraticMethod- December 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm
MMA Mania is reporting that UFC 111 will be March 27, not March 13. They are citing the Daily Telegraph as pegging down the precise date. Some other sources have reported this as well.
dlb- December 2, 2009 at 11:53 am
It's idiotic to put one of your best draws that all fight fans want to see (GSP) against the biggest fight, of any kind, in the last ten years (May/Pac). It won't be getting "smoked", the UFC card will go pretty much unnoticed. We're talking at least 3 million buys here. I wouldn't be shocked with 4.

It's a waste of one of your top fighters during a span of 12 months that hasn't seen a lot of the biggest draws (Lesnar sick, Silva hurt, GSP hurt).

That being said I don't know how difficult it is to push an entire event back a week but it seems like they have plenty of time now. But plenty of fans would want to see both, make it happen.
steampunk22- December 2, 2009 at 11:44 am
^^Agreed

I have similar time out issues using Safari.
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