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The Potato Awards: The Best and Worst of 2008

Fighter of the Year: Anderson Silva

Okay, so all the headlines weren’t positive for "The Spider" this year, but when the worst complaint you can lodge against a guy is that he acted like a jerk in toying with an outclassed challenger, you don’t have that much to complain about.  He’s still the most dominant force in the MMA universe, and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to change any time soon.

Beatdown of the Year: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia

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Thirty-six seconds.  That’s all it took for Fedor to dispatch a former UFC heavyweight champ and earn himself a ride on “the big rollercoasters” in southern California.  A more satisfying and complete destruction you shall rarely see.

Best Pre-Fight Ritual: The Jackson Camp Nipple-Tweak

Yeah, you’re going to look like a creep if you do it.  You’re also going to look like a creep who just spent six weeks in Greg Jackson’s gym and is now fixing to kick some ass.  Rashad Evans claimed UFC gold without it, but given its track record this little ritual probably isn’t going anywhere.

Worst Event: EliteXC Primetime

"That ear popped!"  When this is your main event, you already know you’re bullshit.  When it ends like this on live network TV, the rest of the world knows it too.

Biggest Upset: Mike Brown shocks Urijah Faber

Worst Promoter: (tie) Gary Shaw (EliteXC), Jared Shaw (EliteXC)

Best Performance on a Reality Show: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Gnarliest injury: Corey Hill‘s broken leg
(Honorable mention: Kim Couture’s jaw)

Most disappointing fight: Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote

Breakout Fighter of the Year: Brock Lesnar
(Honorable Mention: Miguel Torres, Gegard Mousasi)

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Frank Mir

Best Event: UFC 92

Best Trainer: Greg Jackson

Biggest Head-Case: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
(Honorable Mention: Junie Browning)

Most Pathetic Performance: (tie) Lina Kvokov (against Kim Couture), Bob Sapp (against Jan Nortje)

Best entrance: Dave Kaplan

Biggest Interview Fuck-Up: Seth Petruzelli

“The promoters kinda hinted to me, and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down. Let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try and stand up and punch with him.”

Worst ref: “Regional” Donnie Jessup
(Honorable Mention: Steve Mazzagatti)

Worst Partnership: Affliction/Golden Boy

Best Free Event: WEC 34 (Faber vs. Pulver, Torres vs. Maeda)

Worst Value for the Money: Tim Sylvia, $800,000 for Affliction: Banned
(Honorable Mention: Kimbo Slice, $500,000 for EliteXC: Heat)

Best Value for the Money: Gina Carano, $25,000, including $10,000 win bonus, for Elite XC: Heat.

Best Internet Call-Out: Jeff Monson
(Honorable Mention: Dan Quinn)

Best Internet Call-Out Parody: Mike Brown

Best Hotel Room Moment: Gina Carano and Tonya Evinger
(Honorable Mention: Patrick Cote talks Anderson Silva)

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Anonymous- January 4, 2009 at 6:18 am
How the fuck can you be a fan of the Jackson guys nipple tweak that's one of the fucking gayest things I've ever seen. Completely fucking stupid!
Duke of New York A#1- January 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Oh and Eddie alvarez break out fighter of the year, even though he lost to shinya
Duke of New York A#1- January 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm
He Jeff monson made it into ESPN the mag, just not the cover

i happened to stumble upon him while i read through it at work
Bootylam!- January 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm
In the beatdown dept., where is Irvin/Alexander? Too quick and clean? Or was that last year? Sorry, I just love that one so I had to mention it. Also Pulver getting KO'd, and Brown smashing Faber should get beatdown consideration because Brown had him reeling the entire [short] fight.
Anonymous- January 2, 2009 at 9:56 am
Anonymous says "FUCK WilliamShatner" You are the pot calling the kettle black. You might want to look in the mirror to see the little bitch!
Netterbog- January 2, 2009 at 9:45 am
re the Monson / Brown callouts - ESPN ran a 2-page article about Monson later in '08. Guess the callout was good for a little ink.
LonghornCapitalPunishment- January 2, 2009 at 5:54 am
Celebration of the Year Jeremy Stephens UFC 91 running head first into the cage.
FuCK WilliamShatner - January 2, 2009 at 5:05 am
Sticky wash rags- January 2, 2009 at 3:57 am
Haha, Derly said "Fedor on Sylvia was more of a raping than a beatdown"

That makes me LMFAO.

Derly- January 2, 2009 at 1:13 am
I give best beat down to GSP for beating down Fitch. No it wasn't fast, but it was 5 rounds of Fitch being punished for stepping in the cage.

Fedor on Sylvia was more of a raping than a beatdown.
Anonymous- January 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm
:the this question".... and that was followed by the sickest comeback i've heard since 3rd grade! shatner=tool
WilliamShatner- January 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm
"Jeremy" Before you posted that you should have asked yourself the this question. Does anyone give a shit about my opinion? I think you know the answer.
Jeremy- January 1, 2009 at 9:13 pm
Hey Shatner why don't you beam down someone who gives a shit about your opinion!!!
WilliamShatner- January 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm
"Rick Dickulous" Your comments are Ridiculous!
Rick Dickulous- January 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm
Shatners obviously a rapist... hes gotta take all that anger out on someone.
Anonymous- January 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm
WilliamShatner- January 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm
This entire list is a fucking Troll job. If people agree with it then they're just Fucked in the head!
Anonymous- January 1, 2009 at 7:41 pm
quit yer bitchin is an obvious troll job. Get out!
Anonymous- January 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Cheick Kongs last fight was the biggest beat down.. that guys face was broken completely.
duechymcgee- January 1, 2009 at 6:52 pm
elite xc primetime wasnt the worst event of the year.....didnt anyone see yamma pit fighting??? oh yea thats right no one probly did....i was the only one dumb enough to waste my time.....
Hoshino- January 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm
Besides Shatner's trolling, it's hilarious how much Evinger is destroying herself inside being able to be so close to Carano but not have a schwanz.

quit yer bitchin- January 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm
will shatner is just a troll. please dont feed him. ignore him. he has lots of complaints and no suggestions. what are your ideas tool? what was the show that was better than ufc92? What is better than the niptweak? anderson silva kicked multiple asses in two weight classes. as far as his competition, dan handerson is no joke, and will show rich franklin. how about you contribute to the discussion, instead of being a whiny little bitch
Coma- January 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm
You missed a couple for worst performance. Kaleb Starnes for his track meet against Quarry. And Filho wins WTF performance of the year in the 2nd fight against Sonnen.
Awsome list other than that though
Bovice- January 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm
Shatner, I think Aoki has been around for a minute...not really a "breakout" fighter
Anonymous- January 1, 2009 at 5:13 pm
How does GSP not get fighter of the year. Silva fought scrubs, where as GSP fought a future Hall of Famer, got his title back and fought Fitch, and dominated his fights in all aspects!!