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Ask the Potato: Talkin’ UFC 91, Brock Lesnar, WEC, and More

(Taking a breather, messing with a footlock. No biggie.)

It’s that time again. Volume two in our “Ask the Potato” series. So, for those of you who asked whether this was an ongoing series, consider your question answered. Try to come up with something a little more thought-provoking next time. Go here if you’ve got a question that just can’t wait.

When are we going to find out about Paulo Filho‘s toxicology report, and how soon do you see the California Kid getting his rematch? Is he going to have to climb the ladder, or would the rematch be immediate? — Faderade

I once drove a forklift on the loading docks of a small, non-union trucking company. Many idiots worked there. One day one of these idiots inexplicably drove his forklift directly into a stack of riding lawnmowers, causing several thousand dollars worth of damage. They drug-tested that guy the same day. He did not pass. For some odd reason, Filho’s performance at WEC 36 reminded me of that guy.

When I picture the urine sample Filho submitted to the Florida Commission, I imagine it smoking and bubbling like the secret potion in a monster movie. Just handling the sample could probably cause a woman to miscarry, even if she wasn’t pregnant.

But that’s just speculation on my part. Maybe Filho wasn’t on drugs. Maybe he was off them, and that’s the explanation. You can usually expect to find out if someone tested positive within a month of the event. We’re waiting. Anxiously. As for Urijah Faber, he’ll get that rematch just as soon as Brown is healthy. He’s earned it, and it’s the only fight for the WEC at 145 that’s a guaranteed draw at this point.

What does it mean if Brock Lesnar wins? — Maxwell

If Brock Lesnar wins it means he becomes the UFC heavyweight champion (one of them, anyway), improving his career record to 3-1, and it means he will then face the winner of the Frank Mir-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira match. Does that answer your question? No? Then maybe you should be more specific, Maxwell.

All right, depending on the method of victory, if Lesnar wins it will probably tell us that: a) he’s a beast whose size, strength, and athletic ability pose real problems for everyone in the division, especially as he gets more fights under his belt, b) Randy Couture, like all men, is vulnerable to the ravages of time, c) anyone can get lucky on any given night, d) some combination of any or all of these options.

What about the prospects of MMA as an Olympic Sport? What would MMA be like if it followed a system like they use in boxing? — T Rex

I think we can all agree that MMA in the Olympics would be awesome. I think we can also agree that the pussies who run the Olympics are pussies. They’d much rather have curling and people jumping on trampolines and other such nonsense than actually include a bad-ass sport that the Greeks would have actually wanted to watch. God, it makes me so mad. Anyway, maybe someday, but even then you have to remember that it’s not going to be Fedor vs. Couture for the heavyweight gold medal. It’s going to be amateurs. Still better than curling though.

As for the second part of your question, the answer is: shitty. It would be shitty, much like boxing has become shitty. There would be a bunch of guys who are undefeated, who aren’t fighting difficult opponents because it’s up to their managers and not an organization to force them to earn their keep, and there would be a bunch of meaningless titles. Do you want that, T Rex? I didn’t think so.

Who should the UFC add to the Hall of Fame and why? — Mayhem420

You were kind enough to include your own list, Mayhem, so I’ll just work off that:

Evan Tanner: Maybe. Only if we all realize it’s for purely sentimental reasons.
Tito: Ugh, all right. If you’re being fair, you have to.
Frank Shamrock: No. He left at the exact wrong time. He’d rather talk than fight.
Don Frye: Hell, yes. His mustache too.
Big John: Not a fighter.
Anderson Sylvia: Him neither, though that Anderson Silva guy is looking like a shoe-in.
BJ Penn: Definitely.
GSP: Too early to tell, but it looks good.
Lil Evil (Pulver): Probably not.
Tank Abbott: Certainly not.
Chuck Liddel: You spelled it wrong, but absolutely.
Rich Franklin: If he makes an impact at 205, probably. Otherwise he’s very borderline. Like the UFC’s version of Andre Dawson.

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nostradamus- November 14, 2008 at 8:47 pm
coture decision-stevenson guillotine-hendricks decision-meia tko-robinson decision-mcraurry arm bar-riley dec-thomas armbar-dos anjos rnc
Farthammer- November 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm

His second fight with Hughes he went for a triangle near the end of either the 1st or 2nd round.
Massiveamounts- November 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm
Hulk smash

lol...some of you people are just straight up clowns. Why don't you tell me where bj is in your top ten'll prob just ignore the truth like your clown ass friend above when I asked him. Tell me how a fighter who's in most peoples top ten p4p some's top five, is a pos or a isn't a bad ass? I bet you and your clown ass friend above are a couple guys who just hate on bj for the way he hypes fights, some people need to get mad at their opponents to give them that added edge or even just to help sell's a business don't get so butt hurt about him talking shit it's part of the game.
Jay- November 12, 2008 at 11:59 am
I would just like to set the record straight and state that curling is a strategy-filled sport that requires alot of skill, timing and preparation.................and beer.
aly- November 12, 2008 at 8:30 am
pat miletich is already in the hall of fame, watch ufc 45 people
Hulk Smash- November 12, 2008 at 8:21 am

The only great thing about Penn's rubber guard and flexibility is that it makes it easier for him to take it in the ass. Considering how big a fan you are of his "rubber" guard, makes me wonder if there is something your not telling us? Just how flexible is he with his legs anyway?
UFC fan- November 12, 2008 at 4:22 am
CWR, I may be a prick, but I am a RIGHT prick. :)
Tell me, do you see anyone putting Tanner in their HOF list?
I didn't bring it up...BEN did, I just said the truth, and from the looks of it, the truth fucking hurts. Well to damn bad.
Phunnybonz- November 12, 2008 at 1:42 am
Personally I think Urijah Faber's chin should be immediately inducted to the hall of fame.
Anonymous- November 12, 2008 at 12:47 am
anyone else find it funny that brocks trying that foot lock backwards?
Massiveamounts- November 12, 2008 at 12:26 am
Oh yeah Imbecile, you ever wonder why Tanner pulled off so many triangle chokes, cause he went for so apply that same logic to bj submitting guys with a many times have you seen him attempt to pull one off...hmm, I don't recall one time that he tried to pull off a triangle, I can't say I'm 100 percent correct but off the top of my head I dont remember once that he's went for a triangle. I'm sure he has but my point is that he rarely does. It's the same reason so many fighters end fights the same way, it's because they're comfortable going for certain submissions and why many fighters submit or finish guys in the same way Tanner pulled off so many triangle chokes. Did your mom just start letting you watch mma or something, seems that would be something you might of noticed.
Massiveamounts- November 12, 2008 at 12:17 am
Imbecile, look because he's not submitted someone off his back isn't a accurate gauge of how good his bjj is. As I said earlier how many fighters have stated how good his rubber gaurd is and how well he controls his legs...many, that's what I was talking about not sure why you think that just because he's not submitted anyone off his back that means his guard or use of his legs is anything less than spectacular. As I said listen to the fighters not my opinion or yours in bout we assume they are in the position to best know what the fuck they're talking about not you or I. K tough guy? Very appropriate name you've chosen for yourself I might add, I completely agree. I'm out I need both hands to hold on to bj's big ass brass monkey nuts, it's hard work being a bj nuthugger.

You silly fool do you not recognize the best when they are the best....where would you put bj in say p4p top ten? If you think he's not in the top ten just keep your cock trap closed and don't respond.
Rumbler- November 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm
"Lil Evil (Pulver): Probably not.
Tank Abbott: Certainly not.
Chuck Liddel: You spelled it wrong, but absolutely.
Rich Franklin: If he makes an impact at 205, probably. Otherwise he’s very borderline. Like the UFC’s version of Andre Dawson."

Cagepotato writers are f*cking dumb and this site may have just "jumped the shark".
Imbecile- November 11, 2008 at 11:06 pm
@ Massiveamounts

Best BJJ in the game, you say? Answer me this - for all his flexibility, his exalted rubber guard that you admire, and control over his legs that would make Jenna Jameson blush - how many people has BJ Penn submitted off of his back in MMA?

How many?

None. Not a single triangle choke that Evan Tanner learned from a Gracie instructional video. Not a basic armbar from his back. Not a gogoplata that a far less flexible Brad Imes pulled off from his rubber guard. Not a single, solitary submission off of his back. His BJJ may be good... excellent even... but you so severely overstate the case that I can still smell the stink of BJ's balls on your hands from the death grip you cling to them with.

LOL at you, Sir!
Massiveamounts- November 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm
lol at all these people taking the piss at BJ, are you fucking kidding me? He's got arguably the best JJ in the game, his rubber guard and control of his legs are better than anyone in the mma ...don't take my word for it listen to any of the fighters opinion, I've heard several say just that. He's also got very underrated hands his boxing is very good, check the last Shrek fight for an example. He's one of the best, in the top 5 p4p no matter what anyone's opinion is of him, including mine. That's just fact holmes like it or not.
Imbecile- November 11, 2008 at 9:27 pm
And my HOF nominees for the near future...

-Matt Hughes
-Chuck Liddell
-Tito Ortiz (unfortunately)

and with purchasing Pride, they need to acknowledge some of their MMA contributions, so...

-Wanderlei Silva
-Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira
-Dan Henderson

and likely candidate in the slightly more distant future...

-Anderson Silva (maybe sooner than later)
-GSP (if he beats BJ and Alves, it is a certainty since he will have fought everyone at 170)
-BJ Penn (needs to be GSP, and put together a significant title reign at either WW or LW)

Outside possibilities...

-Rampage (if he can get things back on track, he is probably the best 205'er out there today)

Expanded HOF to all of Zuffa...

-Urijah Faber (when he gets his title back and goes on another long win streak)
-Miguel Torres (with a few more quality defenses)

Then the gay entries that are necessary to all Hall of Fames, that are fixtures of an organization, but aren't fighters...

-Big John
-Bruce Buffer
-Rachelle Leah (come on... she's earned it!!!)
Imbecile- November 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm
I know I am late to this discussion, but @Michaelthebox, I was thinking the same thing when I went through the list.

But I disagree that age is the reason why BJ gets props above GSP. The reason is because BJ has a throng of fans that love to swing from his sweaty Hawaiian ballsack. BJ is definitely good, but not HOF material at this stage, IMO (although they did let Severn in, so maybe my standards are too high).

GSP has a far better record against far superior competition. BJ's best accomplishment was beating Hughes, but he never defended that belt. His next two UFC fights at WW were losses. Then he won a LW belt from Joe Stevenson? Sorry, that doesn't count. He really won the belt by beating Sherk, and while impressive, he still has yet to defend that belt in my opinion.

BJ needs to stick around and defend something for awhile to really make the HOF. But there is a large contingent of hardcore fans that believes he walks on water, and they are full of excuses for Penn. He cuold be an all-time great, but he needs to earn it. Not just have the potential...
Surfin Dave- November 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm
What does it mean if Brock wins? It means it won't be long before the UFC allows fighters to jump off the top of the cage on top of their opponents. And then a metal chair gets thrown into the octagon...
MMA FAN- November 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm
you have to be kidding me!, including a guy who only fought 1 time and lost in the ufc into the HOF????????!!
are you insane?
skidding- November 11, 2008 at 7:49 pm
Joe Son should at least be an honorable mention. Sure, he didn't fit the body type of an MMA warrior being 5'4" and 240 lbs. But he showed everyone from the beginning, what it meant to have balls in the cage.
Jay Smith- November 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm
@ Alan
Sorry I hurt you bro. That definately wasn't my intention. I've seen other people type "first" there, and thought it was kind of funny or cool. Obviously I was wrong, and I've caused some pain.
Will you forgive me Alan? Is it too late to post something here relating to the original article or coversation topic? I won't do that shit anymore, I promise. Give a brotha a chance.
Clozer- November 11, 2008 at 7:22 pm
@ Michael the TOOL.
B.J. has been around for so much longer. He is one of the pioneers of the L W division, and you think that GSP is a better candidate? First off, raise an inch or 2 up off GSP's Sack, 2nd GSP will lose to BJ like he did last time, but this time BJ won't make the mistake of leaving it in the blind judges hands. I bet you are on the MMA bandwagon and didn't even know that they already fought. Damn noobs. LOL
CWR- November 11, 2008 at 7:17 pm
Wow UFC Fan... you are a prick
Bill C.- November 11, 2008 at 7:14 pm
And Mike Goldberg, too. I just read that UFC 91 is going to be the 100th event Goldberg has commentated for the company.
Bill C.- November 11, 2008 at 7:11 pm
Hall of Fame List:

Big John
Joe Son
alan- November 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm
@ Jay smith

Please this is a mma site why tha fuck would you type FIRST!! here?

It makes me sad in my heart...