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The Potato Index — ‘Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum’ Edition


(Okay Cung, you got your revenge on Scott Smith. We all saw it. There’s no need to rub it in by levitating. Photo courtesy of the "Fedor vs. Werdum Photos" gallery on MMAFighting.com.)

The Potato Index has been chewing its nails and tapping its feet since Saturday night, just waiting for the chance to throw out some arbitrary numerical rankings at Fedor vs. Werdum. And now, the moment has arrived. Don’t mess it up, Potato Index. Please, for the love of God, act like you’ve been there before.

Fabricio Werdum +1,089
Any time you can accomplish something that’s never been done before, it’s a good day. Werdum stopped an unbeatable legend — quickly, we might add — and brought some glory back to BJJ. No matter what happens next in his career, Vai Cavalo will go down in history. And honestly, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Look how happy he is!

Fedor Emelianeko -113 
Fedor’s fight instincts are what set him apart from mere mortals, and have gotten him out of many a jam during his career, but they failed him on Saturday. He thought he had Werdum hurt and went in for the kill, but Werdum was playing possum, and seized on his first opportunity to hit the mat. Fedor could have played it safe against a superior grappler — he could have let Fabricio up so he could slug him some more — but that’s not what Fedor does, and that’s not why we love him. The loss only proves that Emelianenko is not literally invincible. It doesn’t affect his status as the greatest heavyweight of all time.

Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin +99, each
I know, these guys weren’t even at the show. But now their fight at UFC 116 will determine the #1 heavyweight fighter in the world on most ranking lists, simply by default. Next step: Unifying the WAMMA title.


Cung Le +187
His previous loss to Scott Smith? Movie trailer rust. And he wasn’t going to let the rematch go to round three. Le’s flashy-but-precise striking is so entertaining to watch, and so devastating to his opponents. Could he be the dark horse for Strikeforce’s upcoming middleweight tournament?

Scott Smith -144
There’s a reason that Smith has only gone the distance once in 25 fights. His chase-and-bang style may make for some exciting scraps, but it’ll also get his ass killed one day. You can’t always depend on a third-round comeback.

Cris Cyborg +51
What do you say, really? It was a fight Cyborg was supposed to win in brutal fashion, and she delivered. The victory over Finney didn’t add much to her resume, and it exposed an alarming unwillingness to play defense in a firefight. If Cyborg ever faces a striker with as much power as she has, she could be in deep doo-doo. Luckily, that will never happen. Not ever.

Jan Finney +10
Hey, props to the kid for even stepping up, and double-props for lasting as long as she did. Finney could have curled up into a ball much earlier in the fight and had the ref save her, but she kept swinging on Cyborg when she was upright, and she kept grabbing for Cyborg’s leg when she was on the mat (which, again, reminded me so much of this). Finney’s gutsy performance earned her another fight in Strikeforce — hopefully against an opponent that’s close to her own size and talent level.

Josh Thomson +72
Anybody who was disappointed that Thomson had so much trouble with Pat Healy probably doesn’t appreciate how tough an opponent Healy is. For a rebound fight, you can’t ask for much better. Thomson survived some submission attempts, didn’t let Healy do much damage from the top, and made adjustments to his game in the final round that allowed him to turn the tables and choke Healy out in the last minute of the fight. Hopefully that match against Lyle Beerbohm will come together next.

Pat Healy +16
Not bad for a late replacement. It’ll be a while until Healy gets back on the main card of a major Strikeforce show, but at least he proved that he’s a high-level competitor who’s worth watching.

Kim Winslow +125
Though some fans have been giving Winslow crap for letting the Cyborg/Finney match go on too long, we think she handled it perfectly; Finney was defending herself to the bitter end. Plus, Kim got to feel up Fedor at the prep-point. And did she dye her hair darker since the TUF 11 Finale? Lookin’ good, baby!

(BG)

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Dick_Misanthropenis- June 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm
@ JoustFapping

I applaud you, sir, on your recent foray into the land of comedic commentation. You can tell you have truly succeeded when you get at least one (1) irate response in return.

Oh, and 30th just because it hasn't been claimed yet.

Dick_Misanthropenis- June 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm
Comment thirty first and one halfth: the Comment in the Bayou. Only on pay-per-view. Check your local listings.
ghostboner- June 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm
Props to Winslow for not letting someone rain down shots to the back of the head just to try to get a stoppage. I'm sick of that shit and I'm glad she busted Cyborg on it. So here's to you Kim Quadros "the Zombie Rapist" Winslow. Good calling. Can't say I would want a woman reffing my fight, but I just recently emerged from a cave, so sue me. Oh and, uh 31st?
FEAR the DOLF- June 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm
why the fuck do i have to scroll through 5 retarded comments from JUSTSCRAPPIN??? if i see another first comment I'm gunna find out where you live and shit in your dryer
Charming Charlie- June 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Given his reputation, I, like most people, watched Fedor turn purple in that triangle and expected Werdum to tap any second.
PurplePancake- June 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Props to Kim Winslow for being a woman with balls (maybe literally?) and giving Finney an equal change to get her ass whooped as she would one of the guys. Men just don't like to see a pretty girl get beat up. Anyone remember that fight when she jumped in between those two big guys and stopped it? It was like 2 weeks ago, but I don't remember who was fighting... just Kim Winslow not giving a fuck about the possibility of getting smushed, she was just doing her job. If she had bigger tits I'd def go lez for her.
El Guapo- June 29, 2010 at 11:31 am
Winslow and Mazaggati should hook up. Spawn some type of turrrible ref baby. Blind as a bat with shitty common sense... Just like mommy and daddy!!
cecils_pupils- June 29, 2010 at 11:09 am
justscrappin gets +125 on the Potato Index for extremely gratuitous yet comedically appropriate use of the comments section.
Almost North- June 29, 2010 at 10:48 am
I'd stop badmouthing Kim Winslow if I were you guys. You will cry after she rapes you.
nickyroose- June 29, 2010 at 10:38 am
Fedor -1000. He left his right arm inside the Werdum's leg for no discernable reason. Only -100 for loss of invinciblilty, smells a little weak sauce.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 29, 2010 at 10:38 am
All good except your opinion on Winslow. The refs are there for fighter SAFETY. Was Finney really safe playing turtle for that long? To give her credit for taking a beating says otherwise...is grabbing for a leg really intelligent defense? Ive seen people smashed retarded grabing and holding a refs leg...

Clyde- June 29, 2010 at 10:22 am
Right hand crazy. No. That's terrifying.

I think Fedor should have dropped a bit more than that. And I'm not with you on Winslow. I know it's not like she let cybog knee her repeatedly on the ground after she was out or anything. But at one point she was holding her down with one hand like you may hold a glass over an insect while pondering if it's worth your effort to kill it or not, picking her shots. That, was time to stop it. If you can hold your opponent down with one had, you should not be fighting them. End of.
noahknows- June 29, 2010 at 9:42 am
Fedor is a great fighter and very humble in wins and loses, so with that being said i'll just bag on his manager, ya know the nutless walkin scrodum. I wish Fedor could get away from that nazzi and his cronies.

and whats with Werdum not wanting to fight overeem?
right hand crazy- June 29, 2010 at 9:35 am
anybody else think kim winslow and quadros should hook up?
ZombieLove- June 29, 2010 at 8:44 am
Finney is the reason I won so big in the pools this time. I knew you bloody buggers didn't know much about her. Sure, she is undersized for the 145 weight class, but she's a tough as shit bitch who stands and bangs as long as possible. She took Erin Toughill to decision on two weeks notice for godsakes (which says an awful lot about "all mouth and diva behaviour without anything to back it up" toughill). Granted, things were touchy late in the first round but she made it to round two. Yay Finney!

And did anybody else squeal when Fedor tapped or was that just me? Even though it was really tight and he was turning purple, I was waiting for the magic move that would get him out and knock out Werdum. Holy craps!
justscrappin- June 29, 2010 at 8:30 am
Jose Aldo? You know that they said he can cut to 135lbs right? That means she/he is probably bigger then him.
Sabado Gigante- June 29, 2010 at 8:03 am
"The victory over Finney didn't add much to her resume, and it exposed an alarming unwillingness to play defense in a firefight. If Cyborg ever faces a striker with as much power as she has, she could be in deep doo-doo."


I think the only striker in her weight class she should be worried about is Aldo, but we're looking a little too far ahead...
justscrappin- June 29, 2010 at 7:36 am
I also agree that Winslow did a good job. I think she was trying to bring a little female equality into the picture. Jan was taking punishment..but she didn't take the easy way out and just lay there till it was stopped. She moved when told to do so...to keep the fight going...and when she was stood up..she wasn't wobbly and continued to engage cyborg. I also agree that if Winslow chose to stop it earlier...it would have been acceptable.

p.s. Winslow is Lurch and Terry Irwin's love child...but she is built like Dhalsim from Street Fighter. I bet she can wrap her arm around your waist twice and give you a yoga handjob.
justscrappin- June 29, 2010 at 7:26 am
I think he just doesn't have a chin. Like he throws good straight punches sometimes....and has a lot of head movement...before he engages. Once he gets into an exchange though..he is usually fucked.
shitbag- June 29, 2010 at 7:09 am
Kim Winslow did a fine job, I think she's a good ref. It was clear Finney was willing and able to fight on. Doesn't mean it would have been wrong to stop the fight sooner though...


Is anyone else here a big Josh Thompson fan except for his striking? Can we take up a collection to get him a boxing coach? Not just learning how to throw proper punches (flailing arms is so 1999 mma striking), but defense would really help, blocking, slipping, parrying and countering shots are all really useful skills...
Viva Hate- June 29, 2010 at 6:59 am
Shouldn't there be a little more math for Cris Cyborg, do you multiply or divide based on the 2 balls?

And 10th ass hats.
J-Dog- June 29, 2010 at 6:52 am
^^^ the comment about Terri Irwin is pretty accurate. Nice observation, justscrappin!
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- June 29, 2010 at 6:48 am
7th and eightball
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- June 29, 2010 at 6:47 am
Cuddles got my respect and with some good training and a solid skill set, she will do better because she got heart and you can't train that into a fighter. Trust me, I watch Steven Segal movies.
Besides she looks like a playmate compared to the other woMAN in the ring with her.
floppytall- June 29, 2010 at 6:41 am
Scott Smith -144 and his liver
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