(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.