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Ask the Potato: Injuries, TRT and Crossover Athletes


You know, Potato Nation, Coleman just really likes potatoes. I mean, I know that’s not profound or nothin’. Heck! We all do…but for him, it goes much more beyond that.

So how many of you all came here last weekend only to be disappointed by the lack of answers to your seemingly endless questions? Maybe we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves, so let’s start over: How many of you noticed that we didn’t run a new edition of Ask the Potato last week? We just saw at least three hands go up, so we’re going to assume that the rest of you are just too shy to respond. We’re keeping it short and sweet and to the point this week, much unlike this sentence, so let’s get down to business.

KarmaAteMyCat asks: What’s the most vicious injury you have ever seen in MMA to date?

Injuries are pretty common in this sport, particularly if you’re a champion. From swollen heads to flayed feet, we’d like to think we’ve seen it all over the years. But of all the limbs to snap inside the cage, our nominee has a clear leg up on the competition. Just seconds into the second round of their UFC: Fight for the Troops bout, Dale Hartt checked a leg kick from Corey Hill, instantly transforming his tibia and fibula into giant sticks of Laffy Taffy. Unlike Joe Theismann’s famous injury, there was no sock or pant leg to shield viewers from the sight of his twisted, mangled leg. Another key difference: Hill returned to competition only one year later; in fact, he just racked up a win last week. Think there’s a more deserving injury? We’re all ear!

Giblets asks: TRT – Really a medical issue or a loop hole for gear monkeys?

We’re hack journalists, Giblets, not doctors. But that doesn’t stop us from performing breast exams or doling out pills behind the neighborhood 7-Eleven, and it sure as hell isn’t going to stop us from answering your question.

Testosterone is a hormone responsible for increasing bone and muscle mass as well as stimulating aggressive behavior. Now where is the last place you would expect to find a large number of men suffering from a serious testosterone deficiency? If you said “inside the Octagon”, you’re wrong. The answer is Lilith Fair–low testosterone or not, no man wants to listen to that garbage. But competing in an MMA fight is a close second, so don’t feel bad about your answer. We’re hardly authorities on the matter, so check out what the very knowledgeable Dr. Johnny Benjamin has to say on the issue. And when even Nate Marquardt‘s coach thinks the therapy has no place in the sport, you’ve got to know that something’s up.

RwilsonR asks: If any athlete from any other sport, from any generation, could cross over succesfully to MMA, who would it be and why? Is it this man?

Bo Jackson was certainly one hell of an athlete in his prime. As was Herschel Walker who, in case you forgot, has had success in this sport. Really, there are plenty of exceptional athletes who may have been MMA fighters today if the sport had been around when they were first getting into sports (and even at least one college football coach).

But we’re going to take the easy route and pick someone who actually competed in combat sports before MMA was around. Given the trend of dominant wrestlers finding success in MMA, we imagine that any of your great wrestlers from yesteryear would have had successful MMA careers if the sport was around while they were in their prime. Specifically, we’ll go with Sports Illustrated’s pick for the greatest athlete to ever hail from Iowa, Dan Gable.

Dan Gable was an absolute wrecking ball in his prime, having lost only one match in his entire collegiate career (his last match, against Washington’s Larry Owings). Of course, that was just his opening act: He would go on to win a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games while not giving up a single point. So yeah, we imagine he would have wrestlefucked his way to a hell of a career in MMA, if it was an option for him.

One final thing worth mentioning: After retiring from competition in 1975, Dan Gable decided he wasn’t done dominating college wrestling, so he became the head coach at the University of Iowa. During his tenure from 1976–1997, Iowa won 15 NCAA team titles, including a record nine straight titles from 1978 to 1986 and 21 straight Big Ten titles. Had MMA been around, we imagine that he’d start a gym that would rival any of the top gyms today.

That’s all for now, folks. 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, as well as hashtag questions with #AskThePotato. You can register for our forums and post your questions there. Or you can just post them in the comments section of this article. And we still check that Google+ page we set up. Not that we want questions from that thing, we just feel like bragging.

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RwilsonR- December 13, 2011 at 12:23 am
Will you post scans of Brittney Palmer the day her issue of of Playboy comes out? Because really, what have you got to lose?
RwilsonR- December 13, 2011 at 12:18 am
If a female MMA fighter had made rape jokes on Twitter, would she be dealt with just as harshly as Miguel Torres in the court of public opinion, or are women allowed to make those kind of jokes... kinda like how black people are allowed to say the "N" word?
RwilsonR- December 13, 2011 at 12:15 am
If Miguel Torres had just made a joke about statutory rape... you know, like an 18 year old boy and his 17 year old girlfriend... do you think it would be right for the consequences to be just as severe for him under those circumstances?
RwilsonR- December 13, 2011 at 12:07 am
If there are enough talentless hot women to fill up late night infomercials and LiveLinks commercials when nobody is watching, how does Chandella Powell have a job where she is watched by millions of people?
RwilsonR- December 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm
For those of you who have kids, would you let them grow up to be MMA fighters? If not, what is your biggest reason for not wanting to let them - potential injuries, lack of stability in their career, or stupid tattoos of giant cocks and Johnny Cash?
RwilsonR- December 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm
^ ^ I guess I just could have asked which MMA fighter would you most want to have in a massive street fight?
RwilsonR- December 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm
If you were in 1970's New York, and you were framed for killing a gang leader who was trying to unite all of rival gangs together, and now all of the gangs are out to get you, which MMA fighter would you most want to have by your side as you have to fight your way back to your home turf on Coney Island?
RwilsonR- December 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Dear CP, why does Danga get so much hate?
Spicymeatball- December 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm
The best was how Dan Gable used to full on slap his wrestlers in the face full power before matches. If you're an ammy wrestler and you see a coach doing that to a guy before a match, you've psychologically already lost.
Fried Taco- December 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Dear Potato: When is the next Ask Carmen?
RwilsonR- December 11, 2011 at 10:10 am
Dan Gable's the man, so I suppose that's an acceptable answer. Though, if you're picking wrestlers, how could have overlooked Alexander Karelin is beyond me. I thought he was the most obvious choice (though I know I put Bo in there to try to direct attention away from wrestlers). Sticking with wrestlers... Cael Sanderson would be a good choice, too.
ghostboner- December 11, 2011 at 2:05 am
Dear potato: fuck you for not answering any of my previous questions. Also, who would you rather: Karyn Bryant or Shaundella?
fatbellyfrank- December 11, 2011 at 1:25 am
@ Buckwild, oh man, a freakin cinder block!!!! i'm buckled over in pain just readin your post, I've seen some photos of extreme cases and it is fucken nasty
fatbellyfrank- December 11, 2011 at 1:21 am
dear CP,or Seth whoever answers,who, in your opinion has been the best non American fighter who has appeared under the UFC banner since UFC kicked off?
BuckWild- December 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm
Wish I could edit my post.. my typo's are atrocious
BuckWild- December 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm
I can not believe how ignorant people are of TRT. If you've never experienced the symptoms of Hypogonadism and haven't spoken with a Dr that specializes in TRT, you are hardly qualified to judge people who are on it. They Dr in that article is most like at GP dr and has little knowledge or experience with the subject. Try walking around with a cinder block in your shorts. That will give you a small taste of what its like.
NinjaVanish- December 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm
Dan Gable is a legend, I attended a couple of wrestling camps when I was younger where he was in attendance. The guy is a brutal machine of death and a legend. His knowledge of wrestling is almost as if they created him at a skynet factory with a Iowa Hawkeye's symbol on the building. War Iowa.
DARKHORSE06- December 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm
why arent you guys doing ufc 140 live coverage? wtf CP?
SethF- December 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm
@doowm
If that's your question, then there's your answer. You have to ask much better questions than that...
doowm- December 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm
So you answer questions from the same people for basically every "edition" of ask the potato? How bout mixing it up a bit and answering some other poster's questions? Just a thought........
EnemyofReality- December 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Dear, dear, Dear, DEAR Cage Potato. How I look forward to your wise words. Do tell me, what would your top 3 list of MMA refs look like?
smellypiratehooker- December 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm
@ triggz
The same place as dfhfgh... I kid I kid.
Triggz- December 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Dear Cage Potato, where did Danga supposedly learn to "write". Please note, I use the word write very loosely. Very loosely.
XENOPHON- December 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Never heard of Dan Gable before...never wrestled. Sure sounds like he had command of the wrestling game. I wonder if the same can be said about any MMA fighters?
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