Admit it: You thought the return of Ask the Potato would be one and done. You thought there’d be no way we could stick to a feature for two Saturdays in a row. Shame on you for having such little faith in us. Not only have we actually put together a new edition of Ask the Potato, but we’ve even reached out to our Twitter followers for a question this week. It’s called “progress”, people. So let’s get to it, shall we?
The easy answer is to simply put the belt on the line during these superfights that Bellator books for its champions. Nothing else has to change. Sure, it takes significance away from the tournament, but let’s face it- some guys don’t need to prove themselves worthy of a title shot by winning the tournament (Jay Hieron specifically comes to mind). Let them get an immediate crack at the champion, and save the tournament for the unknown, unproven talent.
The flaw with this solution is determining who qualifies for an immediate shot. Does Bellator give the immediate shot to the UFC veteran with an average record against elite competition (like Ben Saunders) or an impressive looking minor league prospect (like Douglas Lima)? To this we say, ask the BCS how hard it is to rank challengers from various leagues based on both record and level of competition. For that matter, anyone not named Lyoto Machida or Kenny Florian can tell you that any league without concrete fighter rankings will always have fans questioning their decisions when it comes to anointing a challenger. So cheer up, Murray.
Chri534 asks : If the whole press conference no-show thing didn’t happen and Diaz vs. St. Pierre & Condit vs. Penn were both still set to go, what would the UFC have done with Nick now that GSP got hurt?
It’s obvious that the UFC would try to cash in on their young steed’s abilities be it inside or outside of the cage. Dana would be pretty fucking stupid not to take advantage of Diaz’s charisma and charm by placing him alongside Goldberg and Rogan in the announcer’s booth. Upon his arrival halfway through the Mitrione-Kongo bout, Diaz would interrupt tired Goldyisms with gems such as “Kongo has been working a lot on his wrestl— fuck your mooooother!!!”. The only real loser in the deal? Jon Anik.
El Famous Burrito asks: iF you had to be stranded on a island with one current or former MMA fighter, who would it be? (Keep in mind, that he can choose to beat the shit out of you if you don’t get along).
Jesus Frijoles asks: So, BG gets into an elevator with Dana, how awkward would that ride be? What are the odds that the term douchebag would be used and who would throw it out there first?
We don’t know what floor they’re on or what floor they’re going to, but if Ben wants those press credentials back he’ll be going down.
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We get asked this a lot, actually. We have an answer, but it’s never enough, is it?
Skeletor asks: When you guys see Old Dad at all the prestigious MMA conferences and events you attend every year, does he act like old friends or just blow you off for his more popular friends?
When we go to all the prestigious MMA conferences and events? You haven’t been here long, have you, Skeletor?
That about wraps it up for this week. Tune in next week as we answer even more of your (hopefully at least kind of) MMA related questions. You know the drill: You can send us questions through our Facebook page. You can tweet them to our Twitter account. You can register for our forums and post your questions there. Or you can just post them in the comments section of this article. Not to rub it in to our loyal Facebook fans, but you’re the only medium we haven’t picked a worthy question from yet. So, you know, you should probably ask us some better questions. Just saying. Annnnnddddddddd GO!