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Between Fight Night 19 and UFC 103, complete with the glitchy undercard broadcasted poorly on Spike TV, if you didn’t get enough MMA last week then odds are you have a problem. Sorry, but it’s true. And no matter how much you might want them to, takedowns and superman punches will never fill that void inside of you. For the rest of you, join us to look at who’s up and who’s down after UFC 103 via the completely arbitrary and not all that helpful numerical ranking system of the Potato Index. It’s what we do.
Vitor Belfort +178
A more patient “Phenom” proves he still has it, and against the best fighter he’s faced in years. The UFC’s middleweight division needs new blood, but can he really threaten Anderson Silva?
Rich Franklin -112
Lucky for him Belfort is dropping to middleweight, so he’s still the king of the 195 lbs. division. Was it really necessary for Joe Rogan to make him watch the replay and attempt to make sense of it? Kind of like asking someone who just came out of surgery to shake off the anesthesia and tell us about that kidney removal. They aren’t likely to have much insight to offer just then.
Junior Dos Santos +93
Cro Cop didn’t exactly test him, but the few left hands that he took showed that he has a good chin, and that he can hang in there and execute a smart game plan even when he doesn’t run his opponents over. There’s a lot of talent there, but we still haven’t seen him on the ground much, which is where he’ll eventually end up in a division with so many big wrestlers.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic -139
I’m not sure what’s worse, the lack of execution, or the lack of motivation. At least he seems to realize it’s over, though it would be hard not to after that performance. You were great in your time, big guy, but nothing lasts forever. Enjoy your fishing trip.
Paul Daley +77
For all we know, Daley might still have too many holes in his ground game to go anywhere in the UFC’s welterweight division. All we learned on Saturday was that he won’t go down there easily, and you stand with him at your own peril.
Martin Kampmann -82
Not sure if he was trying to prove something by keeping it on the feet early, or if he just thought Daley was an overrated striker. Regardless, when your opponent has one glaring weakness, you might as well attack it right away. Something tells me Kampmann won’t make that mistake again.
Tyson Griffin +70
If anybody needed to finish a fight more than Gray Maynard, it was Griffin. He’s come a long way in a short time and proved that he can put even a tough guy like Franca away when he puts it all together.
Hermes Franca -67
If you’re going to show up with a hairdo that makes you look like a “Muppets Show” reject, you’d better win. Franca was simply outclassed from the start, and toughness alone couldn’t save him.
Josh Koscheck +64
He’s still a scary guy for most of the UFC’s welterweight fighters (provided he doesn’t walk into an uppercut), but there’s still no reason to think he’d do any better against GSP in a rematch. Is beating up Matt Hughes the best he can hope for right now?
Frank Trigg -59
Koscheck was a tough first fight back, but if you aren’t up for that you shouldn’t be in the UFC to begin with. Has he gotten a touch too slow, or maybe just a little rusty? Put him up against Kampmann next and let’s find out.
Efrain Escudero +57
Coming in sick and deciding not to play to your strengths on the ground is normally a very bad idea, but when you win by knockout it suddenly goes from stupid to ballsy. He still needs some time to grow, but at least that win helped remind fans of that one guy from that one season of TUF from the pre-Kimbo era.
Cole Miller -53
Just when you thought he might make the leap from Spike TV can-crusher to legitimate lightweight prospect, this happens. Tough luck. Maybe Junie Browning’s brother could use an opponent.
Jim Miller +58
Not the toughest opponent in the world, but Miller gets just a little bit better with every fight. A guy that technically sound could really cause problems for some people once he has a little more seasoning, though at this point a rematch with Gray Maynard would probably end the same way the first did.
Steve Lopez -45
The kid’s got heart, but even if he hadn’t gotten hurt he was probably headed for a bad finish. Being the meanest, toughest guy might have been enough on the small shows, but not here. Heal up and give it another go. We’ll reserve our judgment for now.
Rick Story +37
He looked great in a thrilling, frantic undercard bout, but then again he wasn’t exactly facing an established veteran. Still, we’re eager to see what else he can do. Just don’t get used to all that bonus money, kid.
Brian Foster -25
Remember in your first week of jiu-jitsu training when they tell you that no one can effectively choke you from inside your guard? Yeah, turns out it’s only true most of the time.
Dallas Fans +43
In case you were wondering whether they like violence, Joe Rogan points out that they are perpetrating it against one another as he speaks. You know, maybe we could do without the kind of color commentary that makes MMA fans seem like rabid animals. And maybe MMA fans could do without acting like rabid animals.
Prelims on Spike +3
It’s a great idea that we’d love to see revisited in the future, but obviously some bugs need to be worked out. Time for DW to go kick in the door of the production truck again?