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Ask the Potato: MMA’s Best Refs, Brittney’s Playboy Spread, and “Chocolate Al”

(If you never saw the thread on Sherdog, do yourself a favor…)

It’s been an eventful week to say the least. Strikeforce Heavyweights are all but done, Overeem went before the NSAC, and Jon Jones choked Machida out cold. Too bad you didn’t ask us any questions about those things. That would have been cool. You did manage to pull some decent questions out of your asses, however, and we’ll take a few moments to address them now.

EnemyofReality asks: 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?

It would like a lot like any other list, EnemyofReality, only it would have referee names instead of groceries, chores, and people to kill.

We actually covered this subject a couple of years ago, but times change and you’re asking now, so here we go. There are a lot of refs to choose from, but not necessarily a lot of great refs to choose from. If we were climbing into the cage—and we’re starting to warm up to the idea–we’d like to have Herb Dean, Big John McCarthy, or Josh Rosenthal in there to save our ass.


Far too many people to list ask: Will you be running pictures from Brittney Palmer’s Playboy spread?

“Nothing to lose” seems to be the popular consensus from our readers. True, we’re still in the dog house with the UFC from the last incident, so from that perspective we wouldn’t be risking much. But we wouldn’t want to jeopardize our good relationship with CagePotato’s reigning “Hottest Women in MMA Grand Prix” champion. Not buying it? Well, we also gave our lawyers the next few months off to celebrate and recover from their hard fought victory, and you know what they say: never leave it in the hands of the judges. It shouldn’t really matter; you only read it for the articles anyway.


@nannerbs Brennan Valenzuela asks: Is it still possible to get the “Chocolate Al’ Shirt?

Nearly 500 people purchased CagePotato’s “Chocolate Al” shirts in the week following their launch. If you were lucky enough to snag one, we have good news: not only will you be sporting an uber-stylish, limited edition piece of MMA folklore on New Year’s Eve, you also helped save the life of Dan Miller’s son. If you missed the boat, you’ll have the rest of your life to regret it. Do yourself a favor and grab one of our exclusive “MMA Hairstyles” shirts while you still have a chance.


@matt_simpson84 Matt Simpson asks: Premature to say Big Nog is done, no? Was destroying Mir on feet. Got caught by BJJ black belt and nearly escaped.

Premature to say that Big Nog is done? Whaaaaaat?????????

Big Nog is thirty five years old, has a history of taking vicious beatings, underwent dual-hip surgery last year, and just got his shoulder destroyed by Frank Mir. Sure, he could take freak show fights in Japan or be used as a gatekeeper in the UFC when he returns from his injury. But do we really want to remember the PRIDE legend for an unspectacular run in the Octagon? He’s had a great career, and we’re fine letting it end with the tough as nails Brazilian refusing to tap.


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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phantom151- December 19, 2011 at 7:49 am
Big Nog almost escaped and tito almost sucks
Dizzylittlelord- December 19, 2011 at 7:17 am
maria yamasaki is a good ref, also marc goddard
frndlylion- December 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm
I really wish they would compile this fight and the Aoki fight from Dream 2009 and I know there are others as a training video for new fighters. This is what happens when you refuse to tap.
macreadysshack- December 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm
Yeah, Nog 'almost escaped'. . . LOL. Junie Brownie 'almost won at life', too.
jimbonics- December 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Fuck yeah I totally forgot I have a Chocolate Al shirt coming.
I DO have a Chocolate Al shirt coming, right?
stingrza- December 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm
Big Nog did not 'nearly escape.' Rolling through a kimura looks flashy, but if the dude holding your arm knows what he's doing, then it's just about a 0% escape attempt. He 'almost escaped' just like Rousey's last opponent 'almost escaped' by rolling to her back when her arm was already ruined.
Austin3210- December 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm
I like the ref that's in Bellator a lot. Jason Herzog? Sounds about right.
Yazloz18- December 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Personally I would go with Yamasaki but thats just me
JacobsenJ02- December 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Actually Big Nog did tap, he just waited until his shoulder was busted out to do it.
KrmtDfrog- December 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Who would you put in his place?
Yazloz18- December 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm
At this point IMO, Big John is no longer a top 3 ref. He has a lot of respect and cred, and rightfully so, for helping make the job what it is today but he has had more than his share of bad stoppages in recent memory. Still a good ref but I think he has fallen out of that top 3 spot. Nice to see some love for Rosenthal though.