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The Potato Index: UFC 106 Aftermath


(Though they were locked in a tender embrace, Forrest couldn’t fight the feeling that they were slowly drifting apart. Photo courtesy of SI.com)

The data has been crunched and the numbers are in. See who’s up and who’s down after UFC 106 with another edition of the Potato Index.

Forrest Griffin +73
Is there anyone who needed a win more than FoGriff? No robbery here, he took over in the later rounds and earned that decision. He continues to be the 205-pound division’s workman fighter, even if he’s still quite a ways from being in the title hunt again.

Tito Ortiz -82
As usual, Ortiz follows up a loss with a lot of complaining and a litany of injury-related excuses. Some things never change. Still, in a strange way it’s kind of nice to have our old villain back again.


Josh Koscheck +88
Whether you think he played up the eye injury or not, it was still and illegal knee and he still won the fight. That he proceeded to bash Dan Hardy afterwards before calmly stating, “I’m done talking; I’m going to go talk more shit on my Twitter,” well, that’s just good entertainment. He’ll get his turn to lose to GSP again sooner or later.

Anthony Johnson -49
He failed the welterweight division’s most critical test. If you can’t stop Koscheck’s takedowns, you wouldn’t stand a chance against GSP. His striking skills and power on the feet make him an exciting fighter to watch, but he’s got to become a better wrestler if he ever hopes to wear the crown.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira +90
Running through an up-and-comer like Cane in under two minutes is a great way to introduce yourself to UFC fans. Little Nog makes a great addition to a crowded and somewhat chaotic light heavyweight class. Now we wait to see how big a splash he can make.

Luis Cane -61
Nogueira’s left hand is a tough way to find out your own limitations. He’s a tough kid, so he’ll be back. Maybe with slightly less swagger though.

Paulo Thiago +59
He showed his range in a victory over an Octagon newbie, but the more we see him the more that knockout of Koscheck looks like a fluke.

Jacob Volkmann -44
It’s possible that “Christmas” was affected by the old Octagon jitters. We won’t know for sure until we see him against someone else, and maybe then he’ll rediscover some of the aggression he showed in the small shows.

Amir Sadollah +60
He looked like a polished striker once he got comfortable in the cage and weathered Baroni’s early storm. Let’s just hope that a victory over the NYBA isn’t the highlight of his career.

Phil Baroni -39
You could set your watch by this guy. He always looks good for the first few minutes, then fades into a flat-footed, open-mouthed punching bag. Either he needs to improve his cardio or get more serious about finishing fights in those first few minutes.

Ben Saunders +42
Once again we see that Saunders’ Thai clinch is a bad place to hang out. Being the first UFC fighter to finish Davis is nice, but probably more a sign that “The Irish Hand Grenade” is on the decline.

Marcus Davis -40
Maybe he should have focused more on this fight and less on his hatred for Dan Hardy. But at 36 and with a vast array of scar tissue on his face, his best years may be well behind him. That’s what happens when live and die with the stand-and-bang.

Kendall Grove +37
He only looked good for a few seconds in that fight. Fortunately, he made the most of them. We’re still not convinced that a winning streak is in his future, though.

Jake Rosholt -31
That look on his face after tapping to the triangle? That’s the look of a man thinking, ‘How did I screw this up?’ This one is going to keep him up at night for a while.

Brian Foster +52
A creative striking attack combined with some old-fashioned brutality. Everyone loves seeing a takedown attempt countered with a right uppercut. We can’t wait to see him in the cage again.

Brock Larson -49
Come on, Brock. How you going to get two points taken away for fouls in a fight that doesn’t even make it out of the second round? Makes it hard to feel bad for you when you’re meekly tapping the mat under a barrage of punches.

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Jonny5- November 24, 2009 at 2:12 am
Paulo Thiago=one of the world's top 5 WW's. Don't believe it. Give him a Matt Hughes, Marcus Davis, or Dan Hardy to prove it or lose it.
FinkleIsEinhorn- November 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm
the fan pic of johnsons eye poke just before the knee was on bloodyelbow earlier today i believe... personally, I could watch those 2 fight all day
Komodo- November 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Great stuff CP :)
nuclearblast- November 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Looks like everyone missed the real poke in the eye of Koscheck.

It was like about 3-4 seconds before the knee, Johnson tried to get a hold on Koscheck head and stick a finger in there.

There wasn't any replay of that but I'm pretty sure of what i've seen....I'll download the event and check again.
Bill C.- November 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Bens, Johnson's knee to Koscheck was definitely not illegal. He never actually kneed him in the head. He may have attempted to, but there's a huge difference between attempting an illegal strike, and actually illegally striking your opponent. However, it was a pretty solid knee to the forearm of a downed opponent, which last time I checked, was not illegal.
Koscheck took a flop and then proceeded to poke the hell out of Johnson's eyes in the next round. I wish more fans and MMA websites would start calling him out on the blatant acting job he pulled after the so-called "illegal knee."
robthom- November 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm
That looks like a pretty accurate summation to me.

"He always looks good for the first few minutes, then fades into a flat-footed, open-mouthed punching bag."

I'm pretty sure hammer house offers training in that.


@ Merlin, your right about the Saunders KO. I didn't even think about that.
Merlin- November 23, 2009 at 11:45 am
You know what I don't get?
How the "Knockout of the Night" went to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
When it was TKO punches that ended their fight.
Foster also defeated Larson via TKO strikes???

In my opinion Killa B Saunders got the real KO victory over Marcus Davis, that dude was OUT COLD.

While Luiz Cane & Brock Larson just had bad headaches.

landOencagement- November 23, 2009 at 11:41 am
@831 Son

Wow, have a shot of bigotry with your Hatoraide this morning?
831 Son- November 23, 2009 at 11:22 am
Kendall faggot Grove needs to change his nickname immediately. He is the only fighter in the UFC with a "stolen" nickname. Anderson "The Spider" Silva has been around WAY longer than dumb ass Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove yet Kendall still thinks its sick to use Andersons nickname, just spelled gayer and differently. I dont even know why the UFC would let him do that.

I do agree though that Ben Saunders should have EASILY got KO of the night. Open your eyes Dana, asian bitch.
Levi Jones- November 23, 2009 at 11:15 am
With the holidays fast approaching, now would be an excellent time for all of us to chip in and get Baroni a treadmill.
Sakuraba3900- November 23, 2009 at 10:48 am
Yeah that card was pretty good considering all the shit that went down, major props to the UFC for not letting this one fall apart.
skeletor- November 23, 2009 at 10:38 am
Brock Larson id done for. That dude will never be anything but a can beater with a good record. He needs to head over to some smaller shows where he can dominate again, and they won't have HD closeups of his balding ass.

Fuck a Tito, and Lil Nog is an awesome addition to the 205 lineup. There are some very interesting matchups for him there.
Swedish- November 23, 2009 at 10:38 am
UFC +1,000

Awesome card despite some issues with injuries
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