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The Potato Index: UFC 105 Aftermath

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The data is in for UFC 105, and now the Potato Index’s arbitrary numerical rankings system is here to tell you who’s up and who’s down after this weekend’s UK action.

Randy Couture +25
It goes down as another win on his permanent record, but it just as easily could have gone the other way.  He’s still great when it comes to executing a game plan, and any man who can bounce back from those kicks to the body is a tough S.O.B., but a methodical, debatable win over a mid-level 205’er doesn’t herald the dawning of a new age for Randy the light heavyweight.

Brandon Vera -21
As close as this fight was, Vera can’t complain.  He spent most of the bout with his back on the fence, and when he finally put Couture in trouble he let him off the hook rather than trying to finish him off.  Sorry, Truth.  Looks like the middle of the pack is where you’re going to stay.

Dan Hardy +54
It wasn’t necessarily a spectacular win, but he came in as the underdog and earned a clear-cut decision over a tough opponent.  His reward?  A win bonus and a little bit of press before a championship beatdown at the hands of GSP.  Enjoy the pre-fight press conference, Dan, because that’s as close as you’re likely to get to that belt.

Mike Swick -37
Losing a fight you were supposed to win always hurts.  Losing a number one contender bout you were supposed to win hurts even more.  Swick may not be the most naturally gifted welterweight in the UFC, but he works hard and always comes to fight.  Too bad that’s not always enough.  Though, as Rogan put it, maybe this is one fight where it’s better, at least for the sake of your long-term facial structural integrity, to lose.

Michael Bisping +60
Nothing helps to erase the memory of an embarrassing knockout loss quite like a hard-fought finish against a quality opponent in your own backyard. Bisping worked his way through some difficult moments and came out on top in a fight that should provide him with a major confidence boost.  The only question is, what will he do with it now?

Denis Kang -53
After coming to the UFC with so much promise and potential, Kang has only lived up to it in brief spasms.  Typically those spasms come early in a fight, just before he gets finished.  That makes for an impressive first round, but not a successful career.  As of right now, Kang looks like Fight Night material.

Matt Brown +48
We knew “The Immortal” would be a tough guy to finish.  That’s just common sense.  But more and more he’s looking like a truly dangerous individual, perhaps only more so when he’s in trouble.  Note to the welterweights out there: if you want to beat Brown, the only sure way is to cut off his head.

James Wilks -35
Even though we know what his game is, somehow his slick jiu-jitsu still seems like a surprise.  It’s probably no consolation right now, but most people would have tapped to that kimura.  It’s his bad fortune that Matt Brown is not one of those people.

Ross Pearson +41
He seemed like he might be headed for a TUF hangover beating, but Pearson looked like a seasoned fighter.  He stuck to a very specific game plan and made it into his kind of fight, brutalizing Riley en route to a doctor’s stoppage.  Maybe this kid is something worth getting excited about after all.

Aaron Riley -27
When you lose via cut stoppage you can always tell yourself it was just bad luck, but Riley didn’t look like a man headed for victory anyway.  He’s a working man’s fighter, and no one will ever question his heart or his toughness.  Neither will they confuse him with a future world champion.

Andre Winner +39
A win over Roli Delgado is never going to be considered a triumphant career moment, but Winner made the most of it with that highlight reel KO.  This guy is explosive, and once he closes up some holes in his game he could really go places.

Roli Delgado -38
The UFC is a lot like spicy food, Roli.  It isn’t for everyone.  Have you considered law school?

Alexander Gustafsson +30
He wasn’t in there long enough for us to learn too much about him, but at least we know he can punch.  After that display we’re eager to see what else he can do, and who he can do it against.

Jared Hamman -29
Cheer up, kid.  People have come back from worse UFC debuts to make a career out of it.  I can’t really think of any off the top of my head, though.

Manchester crowd +/-0
Enthusiastic and boisterous as always, but how do you steal Couture’s hat and still feel good about yourselves?  If that’s how the Brits behave, all the UFC’s fighters had really better keep a close eye on their gear when they head to Australia in 2010.

Tito Ortiz -12
Even in a brief hype interview with Joe Rogan he manages to come off poorly.  Sporting sunglasses and a gelled coiffeur, wordsmith Tito opines: ‘Everything in my life is coincidental; everything happens for a reason.’  Tito, let me tell you how you feel right now…

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tapdout- November 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm
@cesarsalad, Thanks for history lesson, but the brits actually hung the real bad ones and only sent the petty crims out to Australia, , still take your point there may be some descendants of cap stealers still lurking out there, best head to the ring bare headed guys, and lock your caps somewhere safe
CesarSalad- November 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm

WTF? quick history lesson tapdout, Australia is were the brits sent all the really bad guys, so logically it has to be even worse there...

Hold on to those cups when walking out guys!
UFC fan- November 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm
"UK doesn't have athletic commissions, so the UFC brings judges themselves. Usually ones that the commission would assign anyways, but still. Just making sure we got all the facts, and that's that technically, the judges aren't liable for their decisions."

No dumbass the UFC didnt bring judges cause the UK doesn't have a commission. The UFC still doesn't dictate that. the Las Vegas Division sends the judges, like Dana White says he has zero sat so in that , try to pay attention.
tapdout- November 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm
"If that's how the Brits behave, all the UFC's fighters had really better keep a close eye on their gear when they head to Australia in 2010." WTF? quick geography lesson CP, Britain is small shitty country on edge of europe, Australia large island nation in Southern Hemisphere, no connection between two, its like saying "Wow those canadian crowds are mean, better watch out for em next time your in USA "
saying that cant wait for UFC to get down here, will be awesome
NateGetsIrate- November 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Next time i'll give it like 5 min's before i respond, ha!
steampunk22- November 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Yeah that could very well be the case, he jsut doesn't belong with the big boys. I editted my comment before I read yours because I realized I should give Vera SOME credit. ;P
831 Son- November 16, 2009 at 1:07 pm
^^ RaginAsian, thanks for correcting me. But I guess it doesnt matter who is judging or reffing, there will always be questionable decisions regardless of who is filling those positions. Unless they just get 3 full time judges and maybe 3 or 4 full time referees.
NateGetsIrate- November 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm
@ steampunk:

I was responding to your original comment. The one you later edited by adding "Admittedly he threw a few kicks in this fight but come on man, Crocop someone, you've got the power!"

Vera would still look like the man if he was still fighting "B" level fighters.
RaginAsian- November 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm
@ 831 Son

UK doesn't have athletic commissions, so the UFC brings judges themselves. Usually ones that the commission would assign anyways, but still. Just making sure we got all the facts, and that's that technically, the judges aren't liable for their decisions.
steampunk22- November 16, 2009 at 11:54 am
I know he threw kicks, I said that.

I just wished he used them more, capitalized more. Its like when Vera first arrived, he thought he was the fucking man, he really went for it and he fucked guys up, then he got humbled and he hasn't really been the same since. It's like he's afraid of his own abilities or something.

4 of his last 5 fights went to decision, whereas 5 of his first 6 fights in UFC/WEC were KO/TKO. He doesn't throw like he used to and a lot of that is because he doesn't KICK like he used to. This fight showed a few more knees, a few more kicks, but its not like Vera used to be. Which is too bad because he was badass. Thats all I'm saying. He needs to remember what he's good at.
ReDx- November 16, 2009 at 11:53 am
You hope the next card is better? WTF are you watching? That card had a bunch of great fights. Go back to WWE
NateGetsIrate- November 16, 2009 at 11:32 am
@ steampunk:

Huh? What the hell are you talking about? I clearly remember kicks to the body making Couture crumble like a crumbcake. Only reason he didn't kick more was cuz it's Randy F'ing Couture! Randy was waiting the whole time for a leg kick so he could've snatched it up and put Vera on his back.
steampunk22- November 16, 2009 at 11:31 am
Why do I always get the impression after watching Brandon Vera fight that he spent way more time playing as Balrog in Street Fighter II when he should have been playing as Sagat?

Admittedly he threw a few kicks in this fight but come on man, Crocop someone, you've got the power!
steampunk22- November 16, 2009 at 11:24 am
Man i hope the next card is better than this one.
KidDinomite- November 16, 2009 at 11:18 am
Like I said, Fitch's twin brother (Swick) looked like he needed a cheeseburger or five. That kind of anorexic look can't be good for you in the long run. Maybe he should stay at middleweight. Either way it doesn't matter cuz he's not a great fighter like GSP or Anderson Silva. No way he ever beats any of those guys, even if he wins a #1 contender's match....
831 Son- November 16, 2009 at 11:17 am
Exactly steampunk. And what people fail to realize is that at pretty much every post fight press conference, Dana gives some severe criticism regarding the refs and judges. He clearly has stated numerous times that shit would be alot different if he was fully in charge, yet people still think that Dana appoints judges/refs.

BY THE WAY, WHERE THE FUCK IS THE SIVER VS KELLY VIDEO? And no, Im not paying 2.00 to watch it at ufc,com.
Zyz Zyx- November 16, 2009 at 11:02 am
I realized last night that I actually MISSED Jenna's Boyfriend when he wasn't in the UFC. I bet that's why Dana went and apologized to him. You just can't replace that kind of stupidity no matter how hard you try.

Then again...

@cagefightmom: Why go for such a strained acronym? Facetious? Really? You're trying too hard there, dude. Intelligent people often use big words, but using big words doesn't automatically make you intelligent.
steampunk22- November 16, 2009 at 11:00 am
^^831 Son

Good call. I'm getting pretty tired myself of ignorant mma fans blaming the UFC for the judging. Fuck sakes, cut the UFC some slack. Everyone is so quick to shit on them, but they do a good job, they're a good promotion. Damn.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- November 16, 2009 at 10:50 am
Mike Swick's Weight Cutting -62

He did not look good, physically. He looked like he was tired from cutting to make weight.

Next time, don't wait till the last let some mohawk'd dope beat ya.

Now I gotta listen to the UFC tell me that Hardy is a legit contendor. Look, the dude can fight and he's got a good chin, but he ain't all that!
831 Son- November 16, 2009 at 10:45 am
@cagefightmon- once again moron, its the athletic commisions that do the judging and reffing. Fucking idiot, you obviously dont know shit.
cagefightmon- November 16, 2009 at 10:38 am
UFC Judging
NateGetsIrate- November 16, 2009 at 10:27 am
I just re-read the Tito Commentator post again...

agentsmith- November 16, 2009 at 10:26 am
@ Lunk:

He's just goddamn lucky he won, cause it would have been epic to see Swick hand him that trophy back after kicking his ass. He would have NEVER lived that shit down.
Lunk- November 16, 2009 at 10:16 am
I was impressed by Dan Hardy. He's not ready for GSP, but that dude has a future. Plus, his whole Runner-Up Trophy move was great. I am a Dan Hardy fan.

oh yeah, and also he won me $100.
Krazy Kracker- November 16, 2009 at 10:10 am
Dana and the UFC are going to have to start thinking about fighter safety soon and give them more room during their entrances. I know it's kind of cool to be showered in affection by your fans coming to the cage, but is it worth something happening that costs a fight? It looked like that person almost caught Randy in the eyes trying to swipe his hat. I'm going to be pretty hot if a retarded fan costs us a fight we've been waiting months on via eye poke for some ebay memorabilia.