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The Potato Index: Strikeforce – Carano vs. Cyborg Recap

(Whoa, whoa, Cyborg. Didn’t Strikeforce ask you very nicely to refrain from messing up Gina’s face if possible? The girl’s got to make a living after this.)

Where do this weekend’s Strikeforce participants stand after their crushing defeats and triumphant victories?  Let’s consult the Potato Index’s arbitrary numerical rankings system to see whose stock fell and whose is on the rise.

“Cyborg” Santos +236
She absolutely overwhelmed Carano with her power and aggression.  A little sloppiness and a couple of failed takedown attempts show she still has room for improvement, but she came up big in the most important fight in the history of women’s MMA.  Let’s see how many people tune in to see her next fight before we decide what kind of future there is for female main events.

Gina Carano -131
The face of women’s MMA took a beating on Saturday night, but what does it mean for her celebrity and the popularity of the women’s division?  That’s still unclear, but at least we found out what happens when Carano has to face a real striker.  Maybe fewer photo shoots and more time in the gym would have helped?

Gegard Mousasi +147
It’s not only that he beat Sobral, but that he made it look so easy.  He even proved what a gentleman he is by stopping when he saw Babalu’s eyes roll back in his head.  What a prince.  If only Strikeforce had somebody who could give him a fight.

Renato Sobral -101
Every winning streak comes to an end, though usually it’s not in the first minute of your first title defense.  Tough luck, Babalu.  That’s the difference between good and very, very good.  Up next, back to fighting the Whiteheads and Randlemans of the MMA world?

Gilbert Melendez +73
Stayed patient, stuck to his game plan, and it paid off.  But just because he took Ishida apart does that mean he’d fare any better against Thomson the second time around?  If Josh ever takes the time to let himself heal up all the way we might get to find out.

Mitsuhiro Ishida -60
When all you have is the takedown in your arsenal, eventually your opponent is going to figure out how to stop you, even if it’s not until the second fight.

Fabricio Werdum +58
Not exactly a major test, but you can’t complain about a first-round submission.  Still, better work on the stand-up a little if you don’t want to get murdered by Fedor.

Mike Kyle -49
Look on the bright side: at least he didn’t cheat.

Jay Hieron +56
It wasn’t the fight he wanted, or the organization he’d originally been preparing for, but a win’s a win and a paycheck is a paycheck.  Now somebody hide Nick Diaz’s weed so we can make this fight happen.

Jesse Taylor -54
We can’t wait to read the poem that he’ll write about this one.

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elate- August 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm
If Mauro Renallo had a dick, I would kick him in it.
VegasDirt- August 17, 2009 at 4:54 pm
"lmao goog, someone must be one of them genius Americans who cant find they're own state on a map of the USA"

Hmmm trying to sound smart by writing something extremly stupid always works. Man that statment sounded more redneck then our rednecks
jaileer- August 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm
"lmao goog, someone must be one of them genius Americans who cant find they're own state on a map of the USA"

I must be one of those genius Americans who knows the difference between "they're" and "their."
scumbag- August 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm
oh i get it your foreign. Boo to you anyway as there were threads and streams all over the place
scumbag- August 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm
????kangerpang you are fake and didnt really watch the fights or even know what channel they were on. what a weird comment????????
Jay Smith- August 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm
Hal is on restriction. No TV, computer, Ipod, or playstation. He forgot to suck his mamas dick!
And fuck the fuckin Diaz brothers Fuck em all- August 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm
lmao goog, someone must be one of them genius Americans who cant find they're own state on a map of the USA
google- August 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm
NastyNudoh, I think that makes him at ground level.
NastyNudoh- August 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm
Just A Wrestler ... if he's - 6 feet underground, doesn't that make him 6 feet above ground?
McClaniac- August 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Cyborg was just helping Gina gets over the mumps by punching the swelling down
Canucklechuck- August 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Mike beat me to it. Not all of us potatoes are American, fellas. Thankfully, I was able to find a live feed on the interwebs, but the complaints of Strikeforce charging $50 for a reeeeealy short PPV are definitely valid. Interestingly, as they have now aired a couple of these Strikeforce cards on PPV in Canada, I would be very interested in the PPV numbers for those cards. As, with roughly 10% of the population, throwing a zero on the end of their Canadian buy rates, would be a good estimate of how they might have done in the US, had they aired solely on PPV, and how a future PPVs might go for them. Bens, any idea if this information is even available?
KidDinomite- August 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm
-900 Strikeforce continuing to show the Keys to Victory. That has to be the dumbest, most condescending thing they show during their MMA broadcasts. Also, why do they have to be transparent skeletons with muscles? Why don't they just have two CG opponents that have skin?

-900 Frank Shamrock's overcompensating and equally condescending form of commentary and/or just being a lingering presence in MMA.

+2000 No Frank Shamrock or anyone with the last name Shamrock in MMA.
Cookie Monster- August 17, 2009 at 12:09 pm
i hate blows my mind that there is someone out there that thinks this guy is the guy that everyone watching wants to hear. he is beyond obnoxious, and for the amount of time he has been announcing fights you would think he would know more about mma. how the hell does someone like mauro make it so far in a sport that is so fucking awesome? fuck mauro
mytie- August 17, 2009 at 11:48 am
I want to see cyborg fight a small 145 pound dude. She cleared out the weight class time for a superfight with a man.
Mike Milbury- August 17, 2009 at 11:47 am
It isn't a Strikeforce thread without the usual PPV comments. In Canada (And I guess everywhere outside the US), people have to pay to watch Strikeforce on PPV.

And more training for Carano? Who knows how long she can keep training at Xtreme Couture with Randy leering at her and trying to become close personal friends with her.
El Famous Burrito- August 17, 2009 at 11:43 am
Mauro Renallo is the bastard-spawn of Billy Mays and Mush-Mouth from Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids.
Socal Tot- August 17, 2009 at 11:03 am
@ El Burrito:

Agreed. Mauro's announcing style is perfect for the seniors watching on tv so they can hear crystal clear. STOP YELLING MAUR0... WE CAN HEAR YOU JUST FINE.
Just A Wrestler- August 17, 2009 at 10:48 am
goog.. i killed HAL. he is -6 feet underground
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 17, 2009 at 10:33 am
Ditto Google!
KillDozer- August 17, 2009 at 10:32 am
wtf dude? It was free on showtime, not PPV.

The only thing about Strikeforce commentators they are too cheesy
Goog- August 17, 2009 at 10:28 am
Cyborg -500 for tattooing your own name on your arm.

Gina Carano +950 for getting me to watch more than 4 seconds of a Cyborg fight, but mainly just for being good looking.

And +315 for HAL, wherever he is.
google- August 17, 2009 at 10:25 am
kangerpang -1000

Not knowing it showed for free on showtime.
portland mma- August 17, 2009 at 10:18 am
Mauro is such a fucking d bag, I didn't think he could beat the dumbest thing he's ever said, "he got dropped like names at a hollywood party," however I think he might have topped it on Satuday with with his retarded words about the Ishida vs Melendez fight when he said, "you've heard of keeping up with the Kardashians, what about keeping up with a Japanese Energizer Bunny." Wow i hate that guy, resident creepy guy with braces Frank Shamrock doesn't even know what to say when he drops shit like that. BTW Frank isn't even hiding is fear of Shields anymore, Jake would kill him.
kangerpang- August 17, 2009 at 10:12 am
Strikeforce Organization: -500

Charging 50 bucks for a PPV that ran under 2 hours long, was a fairly weak lineup, and didnt include any undercard fights.
Bob Loblaw- August 17, 2009 at 10:00 am
Was the Heiron and Taylor fight that one-sided?