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The Potato Index: UFC 101 Recap

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin UFC 101
(Photo courtesy of UFC.com)

Some frighteningly dominant performances mixed with some very mediocre ones to form this edition of the Potato Index.  Our arbitrary numerical rankings system sorts through each fighter’s rise or fall after UFC 101.  Were we the only ones who locked our door and slept with the lights on after watching Anderson Silva?  Even then we had nightmares about his fade-away jab and woke up hearing his lengthy Portuguese shout-out echoing in our ears.  Freaky.

Anderson Silva +411
Simply finishing a fight and looking like his old self again would have been enough.  Instead Silva puts on a Jedi striking display and makes a top-ten light heavyweight look like a special needs child.  Might as well go up to 205 lbs. for good now.  The middleweights have suffered enough under his reign.

Forrest Griffin -276
Maybe the most embarrassing knockout ever, and that was after about three minutes of the most one-sided fight in recent memory.  Does it help to know that it came at the hands of the sport’s pound-for-pound best?  Probably not.  Feel better, FoGriff.


B.J. Penn +293
As soon as he went on the offensive and took the fight to the mat it was all over.  The question is, why did he wait four rounds to do it?  Regardless, he proved again that he’s the best lightweight in the world.  Now please, stay there and defend the title for a while.

Kenny Florian -202
He realized right away that his options were limited.  Penn didn’t get tired and didn’t make many mistakes, and Florian didn’t appear to have a good plan for that possibility.  Looks like it’s the life of a gatekeeper/ESPN analyst from here on out.  Not so bad, really.

Johny Hendricks +82
No one likes an early stoppage, even if it gets them a victory, but Hendricks looked solid in what little time he spent in there.  A high-level wrestler who can bang on the feet should fit in well with the UFC’s current welterweight crop.

Amir Sadollah -67
Call it ring rust, bad luck, bad reffing, or a combination of all three.  It’s also exactly what he didn’t need after TUF viewers already spent the last year forgetting about him.  Let’s hope it was a learning experience.

Aaron Riley +63
Dominated Nelson in the rematch and proved that the UFC was right to offer him a chance to vindicate himself.  Seemed awfully content with playing it safe and winning a decision down the stretch, though.  Ask KenFlo: people want to see fights finished at 155.

Shane Nelson -58

Undersized and outmatched, but he hung tough and never quit.  A move down the WEC’s 145-pound division might be inevitable.  So too is the paycut that comes with it.

Ricardo Almeida +69
His stand-up game still has some obvious holes, but his determination helped get the job done anyway.  If he wants to be a serious contender at middleweight any weight, though, he’ll need to become more of a complete fighter.

Kendall Grove -60
Up and down, that’s the career trajectory so far for “Da Spyda,” and it doesn’t seem like that’s about to change any time soon.  You can only keep that up for so long before the UFC gives up on you.

Kurt Pellegrino +49
Wrestled his way to a decision and seemed perfectly content with that.  Not exactly the kind of performance anyone is likely to have fond memories of, but a win’s a win, right?

Josh Neer -42
Here’s a tip: when your opponent just wants to take you down and keep you there, don’t start complaining as if it’s somehow unfair.  Improve your takedown defense instead.

George Sotiropoulos +40
Victorious return for a once-promising prospect, and he’s even grown hair since we saw him last.  We’d like to see more of him soon, and dare we suggest a fight with someone who isn’t a TUF alumni?

George Roop -37

Are we alone in thinking that this guy just doesn’t seem like UFC material?  Tough is enough in some organizations.  Just not this one.

Philly Fans -25
They booed and brawled and basically lived up to the expectations put forward by Pennsylvania’s Athletic Commission.  They also showed up in droves, which means the UFC will be back for more abuse before too long.  


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Sexyamas Orange Coat- August 11, 2009 at 2:17 am
George Sotiropoulos was fighting George Roop ?

I honestly thought it was Frank Shamrock......;)
UFC fan- August 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm
"831 Son Says:
Mon, 08/10/2009 - 11:23

Yea fuck those losers. And they are pussies too. What kind of brawl was that in the crowd, that looked pathetic. UFC needs to come to Cali though. If they came to the Oakland Arena it would be insane, we got the craziest fucking fans in the country."

yeah cause in CALI they throw down some serious competitive cock-sucking.
so when in CALI be sure to look up 831 son hes the king of fast swallows.
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BackbaconBilly- August 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm
@Jay Smith
"That's dumb dog. The UFC has never had a fixed fight"

While I don't think this fight was fixed, go back and have a look at Shamrock vs Franklin, that was a total work. First Shamrock goes down without being hit, then he lets Franklin out of a heel hook then he conveniently slips going down onto his back so Franklin can pound him in the face to win. It was def a thrown fight, maybe not knowingly by Franklin but shammy knew what he was doing.

I'd post a link for you but everytime i try posting a link C.P says delays my post saying it might be spam, so screw that...lol
Joedirt- August 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Jay Smith....
Dude I hope you're right.
Just A Wrestler- August 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm
yes there was an eagles chant.. but that was after a EAGLES SUCK chant. eagles is the only word that philly fans can spell. i also took a pic on the way to the wachovia center flicking off the sign that says "home of the philadelphia eagles" REDSKINS FTW
Jay Smith- August 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm
@ Joedirt
That's dumb dog. The UFC has never had a fixed fight.
Also, there have been people rocked with harder shots than that, that get back up in the fight and keep going (and faster than Forrest got up and ran out of the cage). Remember John Fitch vs GSP? Fitch got rocked and knocked down a couple times, but kept going. Forrest didn't just jump right up. He rolled over onto all 4's, and stumbled a bit first then he took off cause he thought when Silva started running around the ring that he was chasing him. hehehe
virpz- August 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Man why u guys insists that this fight was fixed.
You can see drunken guys getting knocked that way every night on the streets.

One not smart/ drunk guy go foward while the smart guy just trows a punch right in the chin, BOOM u have alot of power in that kind of punch by just extending ur arm, that's basic and not all that hard to understand so cmon. Assuming Forest had been knocked 3 or 4 times already that's very legit, u can't fix a fight like
that

Forest is a good fighter, no problem with him, the problem is Silva, just 2 good.

Also I want to remember BEN.that's not the most one sided fight in recent memory. How can you forget Leites and Cote? Those guys are on top of the MOST SCARED FIGTHERS.
Forest, Rich, Dan, Lutter are fucking real and did bring it to the Spider, the price for that we all already know.
I can't see why that's so hard to understand that Silva is different, you can't blame him or keep making excuses for the losers. For me Silva is already a legend he can't change it.
Joedirt- August 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm
831 Son... dude the fight game has been fixed since before time... don't think the UFC is exempt to that.
I personally think Silva would win... I think he is a better fighter.
The UFC's golden pound for pound boy needed a BIG win because the fans are starting to turn on him. Even Joe Rogan knew what Forest was gonna throw first how could Silva NOT know?! As for Griffins jaw.... it's fine. No injuries sustained... statement today from his camp.
But you gotta wonder... I mean... choked out... sure.. you wake up alert and sometimes you don't even know you were out... but knocked out (or even dizzy)... that's rebooting your computer and you don't just get up and run out.
SIR HAL- August 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm
now by god i can finally get back to bragging on anderson silva. as long as the son of a bitch keeps performing like he did in his fight with forrest then i will never have a negative thing to say about him. anyone who beats forrest that easy without and work at all has my respect, and i'll tip my hat to anderson for that performance. forrest is in no way a cake walk or a fucking pussy, and silva made him look every bit of both of those. wow what a fighter. just fucking amazing. the mother fucker just better keep it up. the light heavy weights are going to be in some deep deep shit.
Bill C.- August 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Tamdan McCrory -69

Still not getting laid.
GetUpAndKill- August 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm
Funny how nobody is talking about BJ. Then again, BJ talks enough for everybody. I am cringing at the shit we're gonna start hearing from him now...
Bloodlust- August 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm
Yeah, the Yankees just finished "sucking" up a 4 game sweep...6 1/2 game lead...and growing
Bootylam- August 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm
I just have to ask: since when is Forrest known for having a chin at all? He seems psyched out by true punching power ( Rampage notwithstanding) It wasn't just the punch, it was all Forrest's weight+as fast as he was coming forward+throwing a sloppy wild punch+ramming into a long ass bone club of an arm+the added bit of force Silva hit with and YOW! Was it not exactly the way we all envisioned? I actually pictured Silva standing over him like in the game, but oh well. Forrest booked, I turn to the wife and say " He gon cry in the car!"
NOTSOB- August 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm
we do the same thing up here in Bahston,
but ours is " Yankees Suck, Yankees Suck " " " etc.
at any event hahaha
Walrus- August 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm
That Kurt Pellegrino bitch slap on Josh Neer was great.

Not a more deserving canidate.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm
@ Just A Wrestler

Dude, did the drunks bust out the "E - A - G - L - E - S...EAGLES!" cheer?

I hate that cheer. Anytime more than 20 Philly meatheads get together at a sports event, that tired old chant always gets busted out.

Announcer: "...and here comes the girls high school gymnastics team coming onto the mat..."

Philly Meatheads: "E - A - G - L - E - S...EAGLES!"

Announcer: "...wtf?"
Just A Wrestler- August 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm
I was there... and im from DC. I kept my mouth shut because everyone around me was drunk and aggresive. They didnt know shit about fighting. They boo'd evertime there was a clinch or if a fight was going to desicion. There were a couple of beards making them resemble King Leonidas in 300. We had our fun yelling "THIS IS SPARTA" and "AAAAOOOOOO! AAAAOOOO AAAAOOOOO!"
M1-Grovel- August 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm
@G Peon

yeah i suppose. it just all seemed too unbelievable. we've seen Forrest get super KO cautious in the wake of the Jardine TKO. and we're talking Jardine. Forrest went after Spider like he was going after an amateur that just slapped his mamma. He's a smart as hell fighter too. Oh well. I'm sick of not seeing Silva truly tested. Even if he gets a great fighter he turns in a time card like that? ugh

If he refuses to fight Lyoto I'm going to be so fucking livid. At LHW, that's his JOB. Do your fucking job

and it will be interesting to see what Franklin does. He got the hell away from Spider and now Spider goes up after he did? Sure makes MW more attractive. I think he drops back down now, and if so, that'd be kinda funny...
Kjell T. Ringen- August 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm
True. Still, I think Forrest' biggest advantage was his weight and size. He should've taken the fight to the ground first thing IMO. The Silva vs. Hendo fight proved to me that Silva can be beat on the ground. Would love to see Silva vs. Maia...
Geriatric Peon- August 10, 2009 at 11:57 am
@M1-Grovel - I would bet on it being Forest trying to please dana because it wasn't a fix. Think about it, who gains from it being fixed to that outcome? It makes the UFC's poster child look bad and is a win for a guy who is not a good draw from casual fans (lose UFC). Silva was the heavy favorite so there wasn't a big payday to be had from the fix. It just wouldn't make sense to fix it that way.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 10, 2009 at 11:57 am
In regard to Forrest's jaw, I agree with "ccarter'. If your mouth is open, your head's at a weird angle or if your charging into a shot, all of these things can mess you.

I was sparring with a girl in my kempo class. She was a yellow belt but very athletic. So I'm going easy with her and just taking it light; not trying to be an ass and squash her. Suddenly...

BANG!

She whops me in the jaw with a nice right hook. My mouth was open when I took the shot 'cause I was trying to coach her a little bit. I heard my jaw click 'cause it went for a ride. Weird thing was, my jaw hurt more on the opposite side of where she clipped me.

So yeah, if Forrest dislocated his jaw, that would make ya stop a fight. No shame in that. The guy was probably worried his face was gonna fall off.

And yeah, I got back at that chick who clocked me....in jiu jitsu class! Being covered in OBI's stanky man sweat and gray old-man chest hairs is punishment enough.
M1-Grovel- August 10, 2009 at 11:52 am
@ knightrida

The fight wreaked of fix for me as well. it doesn't take an ex mma champ to understand the one thing you do NOT do to Anderson. Forrest Griffin was fighting as smart as Gump. Maybe he was just caught up in the whole reason he was selected as an opponent and wanted to please the boss (being aggressive), but no way i would have believed before the fight he would hand shit on a silver platter to Anderson like he did.

I mean c'mon, lead with your face and swing your arms like a washing machine as you rush Silva? It's almost like Silva is the guy that drew up Forrest's game plan
dude- August 10, 2009 at 11:51 am
Lyoto Machida is the only guy who has a very good chance at beating the Spider (you can't beat what you can't hit!). Dana White WILL make this fight happen, I'm sure he'll offer the right amount of cash. Yeah, you develop friendships with trainers and other fighters along the way but you just can't take it personal. Lyoto is the best LHW until proven otherwise!
C-Bus Allstar- August 10, 2009 at 11:48 am
I can personally attest that it doesn't take much to knock someone out if they're A: Off-Balance, B: Not expecting a well-calculated, well-timed punch straight to the chin.

Sure, it looked kind of questionable, but if you can find the video for the camera angle that was BEHIND Silva, you can tell that the punch he threw landed perfectly, and completely separated Griffin from his senses. I mean, from the opposite angle, it was one of the nastiest, cleanest punches I've ever seen.. A work of art, to be sure.

Seriously: Someone find footage of that Griffin KO, from BEHIND Silva, like they showed in the replays on the PPV. That angle will show that Silva completely crumpled Forrest's face, because Forrest was not prepared for it, nor did he see it coming, which meant his neck was relaxed, and that's why he got destroyed so easily from it.
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