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The Potato Index: TUF 10 Finale Aftermath

(Jon Jones doesn’t know what to tell you. Sometimes you eat the bear and, well, sometimes you get disqualified for hitting him with illegal elbows. Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle’s after-party set.)

A bizarre night in Las Vegas brought the latest heavyweight experiment of “The Ultimate Fighter” to an end, and not a moment too soon. Now we break down the results to see who’s up and who’s down according to the patent-pending technology of the Potato Index’s arbitrary numerical rankings.

Roy Nelson +87

We get it, his physique is unimpressive. But a KO win showed he can fight on the feet and on the mat. Funny that Burger King doesn’t seem more pleased with a free endorsement from an athlete who’s known for his unappealing body.

Brendan Schaub -21
As we’ve seen in the past, losing in the TUF Finale isn’t any more a condemnation than winning is a guarantee of future success. Once he gets some experience under his belt, he could turn out to be an exciting fighter to watch. Why not give him Kimbo next, just for fun?

Matt Hamill -64
If ever there was a victory that was more crushing to the winner, I can’t recall it. He got absolutely dominated by Jones. There are very few positives for Hamill to focus on at this point. He should think of that win bonus as found money, because he sure didn’t earn it.

Jon Jones +29

It goes down as a loss on his record, but we all know what we saw. Jones showed off some of that freakish ability we’ve heard so much about, and only a mental lapse cost him the full measure of his glory. We’d love to see him get right back in there with another big fight soon.

Kimbo Slice +17

At the end of the day, he won, thus giving the UFC a reason to keep him around. That’s good news, even if he narrowly beat a smaller fighter who had already demonstrated that he wasn’t UFC caliber. Hopefully his next fight will be against someone already on the roster, and maybe even in his own weight class.

Houston Alexander -42
Who told Alexander that circling compulsively was the way to win this fight? It was a horrible game plan as well as a boring one to watch. Something tells me it didn’t make the UFC realize what a mistake they’d made in letting him go the first time.

Frankie Edgar +55
Every time I see Edgar in action, I can’t help but think what a great featherweight he could be. He’s too small for 155, but it’s no surprise that he doesn’t want to take a pay cut in the WEC. Just one more reason for the UFC to absorb the organization’s little guys.

Matt Veach -7
He fought hard and held up better than many thought he would against Edgar. Still, this showed that he’s not quite at the elite level, which is dangerous in an organization with so many excellent lightweights.

James McSweeney +41
He looked far more comfortable and confident than he did in most of his TUF performances. His cardio held up and his striking looked sharp. Some holes still need to be closed up, but that was a great start.

Darrill Schoonover -17

You hate to see a guy go off to serve his country on a loss, but Schoonover seems like a guy with real potential if he comes back and gets with a good camp. Be careful out there, Schoon.

Matt Mitrione +19

One good punch saves him from being another Dave Kaplan, but for how long? He didn’t look terribly impressive, and he’s got the personality of a chaise lounge.

Marcus Jones -12

It hurts to see a kind-hearted giant like “Big Baby” lose a fight he seemed on course to win. Clearly, his stand-up needs work and he’s no spring chicken. All the same, we’d love to see him get another shot in the Octagon.

TUF 11 coaches +3
So…Tito and Chuck again, huh?  At least it doesn’t take a belt out of circulation, and it allows two aging former stars to get back in the limelight without damaging their already battered brains by putting them against some hungry young stud.  I guess we can’t complain about that, but once the season starts and Tito begins speaking, we may very well experience a change of heart.

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Mike Milbury- December 8, 2009 at 9:59 am
@Jonny Taa: He is not Caucasian. There I said it.

@The story:

1) Where do the +/- numbers come from?

2) At least Schaub can head home to his hot girlfriend. And I'm sure Dana/Joe will give him a contract anyways.
lukejitsu- December 8, 2009 at 9:24 am
Mcsweeny's hands looked a lot better since the show give him more time training with phil nurse and you'll see a huge improvement
eviljohn- December 8, 2009 at 9:13 am
the big lebowski was genius, mad props, love this site
Sully- December 8, 2009 at 8:55 am
Yea my bad I know he was in Elite XC before it bombed, its like calling a slutty girl the wrong name, you didn't mean it, but then again, you really didn't care. Shit almost wrote strikeforce again.

I don't see Schaub ever winning a fight in the UFC. I dunno why.
Barc- December 8, 2009 at 5:59 am
Sorry Sully, someone's gotta call you on it. Kimbo was never in Strikeforce, it was Elite XC. I completely agree with you that Marcus' jaw might be alot better if he'd roll out on a punch; or, keep his damned hands up. I hope he gets with a great striking coach and focuses hard on it before his next fight. I'm not Mitrione's no. 1 fan, and seeing him beat Marcus sucked.

I think that Kimbo showed that he's working on his skills. That suplex looked fuckin' sweet. Kimbo transitioning to the mount? Whodathunkit?

I wish Schaub would've won. Roy was a gimme this season. The guys got way more experience and talent than everyone else in that house. Hopefully they see that Schaub was really laying it down before that punch, and give him another shot.
Jonny Taa- December 8, 2009 at 1:34 am
Houston Alexsander did show natural talent for NASCAR in the first... I bet the payout would be better in that field for that boring fuck. Anyone thinking condom depo car?
CodyV- December 7, 2009 at 11:42 pm
I half thought that Houston threw that fight.
Squirrelnuts- December 7, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Glass brain, perhaps?
Sully- December 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm
@Jarekov The Great/ Skeletor

I agree, Nelson is never going to be a contender in the heavy weight division. haha Marcus "Big Mummie" Jones.

I don't think Marcus has a glass jaw, he just fuckin walks right into huge punches.
Ted Nutmeg- December 7, 2009 at 10:07 pm
Chaise lounges must be way shittier than I think they are.
clutchy hopkins- December 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm
big cuntry weeeeeo bud. jon jones has got some steez, believe it
common sense- December 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm
i tend to watch UFC shows by myself or with a close friend. i cant stand explaining shit to people. but i dont sit anywhere near that person. unless its my gf and im forcing her to watch mma with me. then i gently caress her til she falls asleep, and i watch the fights in peace.
common sense- December 7, 2009 at 8:36 pm
@ purplepickle - yeah im happy about that too. hes earned my respect, not just for gettin out there and fightin in the big show, but for serving the country as well (if your a yank like me).
Goog- December 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm
Does anyone else sit that close to their friends on the couch?
skeletor- December 7, 2009 at 6:33 pm
@Jarekov The Great/Sully

The real problem with Marcus isn't his boxing, you can fix that. His real problem is his glass jaw, that's one of the first things to go with age and nobody knows if he even had one when he was younger. I see absolutely no contenders coming off of this season, sad but true. Maybe if Dana spent more time finding legit fighters for the show instead of building it around a street fighter, ex NFL players, and UFC washouts he would have some viable prospects. The only way it could have been any worse is if he brought Ray Mercer along for the ride.
sonochamp- December 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm
Houston Alexander was never released from the UFC.... but he is long overdue. I just wish he was the promising new fighter we all saw when he KO'd Jardine.
Overall, not a bad card.... all things considered. A sloppy end to a sloppy season. Can we get a Nelson/Rothwell rematch now?
Jarekov The Great- December 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm
@ Sully

I completely agree about marcus jones. If he didnt look like a fucking mummy when hes standing up the guy could be a legit fighter.... the problem is hes 35 and not everyone is randy couture.

Kimbo impressed me because i fully expected houston to knock him the fuck out, especially with all the talk of bad training camps and his arthritic knee and unwillingness to get a cortisone shot.

That being said this was a pretty disappointing card because i hate roy nelson. His ground game is great but i really think he can only contend with IFL level talent because he doesnt have the strength or size or take down ability of other high level UFC heavyweights. If fatty could drop to 205 he would be a contender but i cant see hi m knocking any of the monsters at the top of the division out or taking them down. Carwin would knock his head through the floor, lesnar if he gets healthy again is way too fucking strong for him, Gonzaga would kill him on the feet, and dos santos is probably the only elite guy i can see him beating because dos santos isnt a big heavyweight.

just my 2 cents.
Sully- December 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm
I really don't see any potential in Brendan Schaub. Only guy with any potential is Marcus, he just has absolutely no idea how to box, like zero, nada. McSweeney, for a guy whose had so many muay thai fights, really doesn't have impressive hands. Only reason Schaub was putting guys down like he did in the season is because they had horrible stand up, he'd get destroyed by a real striker like Kongo and butt raped by real wrestler like Cain. He's like a James Thompson if you ask me, you think man this guy could get better, but most likely not and he should really go fight in sengoku and at least turn a buck for losing. I really could see this guy Marcus doing some damage, but I mean its weird to see someone with boxing skills that are really that bad, seems like he's never had formal training and if he can get into that, like he's got into his groundwork( which is ookkay but very effective) with his size and strength, I can see him contending. Im not gonna mention Roy Nelson hes already an established fighter and I dont see him changing anything about his game or his pot belly anytime soon. Kimbo is really just kind of there right now for the same reason he was there in strikeforce because when people who don't know shit about mma hear Kimbo they think" oh isn't he that bad ass fighter guy, I wanna watch that! Isn't he like the best fighter right now or something, dur dur."
NateGetsIrate- December 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm
@ Ragin:

Sorry. It was just too easy to call people out on. But yeah you're right about the production values. Maybe they're intended to give people reasons to buy the PPV's?
PurplePickle- December 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm
CP + 27 for not using the titties nickname for Schoonover.

Why is everybody so hyped for Martinez/Zimmer? Fightfinder has both of 'em with shitty pro fight records.
RaginAsian- December 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Not a joke on my part. Between Saturday and the prelims they've been airing, they just can't seem to get their shit together.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- December 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm
Tai-Pan... do you mean to tell me that I missed Martinez-Zimmer II???
skeletor- December 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm
ha ha
NateGetsIrate- December 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm
Lame Index Jokes -86
MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- December 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Joe Rogan +29 for somehow making it through that asinine interview spot with The Hulkster.