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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.