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The Potato Index: UFC 107 Aftermath

(Diego, we don’t want to embarrass you or anything, but, well, your brain is showing. Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine’s UFC 107 gallery.)

The results from UFC 107 are in and the numbers have all been tallied up. And don’t worry, after concerns arose that some of our stats had been poorly calculated, we hired some real experts: the dudes who counted all the votes in the most recent election in Afghanistan. See, they’ve got real world experience!

Join us to see who’s up, who’s down, and who made little progress in either direction after UFC 107, all according to the arbitrary numerical rankings system of the Potato Index.

B.J. Penn +193
What kind of champion goes five rounds with the number one contender to his title and only gets hit eight times? The thoroughly dominant kind. Penn is without question the world’s best lightweight right now, but that doesn’t mean he has to jump divisions right away. Stick around, beat up Gray Maynard, issue a few futile challenges to Shinya Aoki, then go. You’ll have our blessing.

Diego Sanchez -12
On Saturday night we learned that Sanchez isn’t really in Penn’s league (which we already knew, or at least suspected), but he is one of the toughest SOB’s in MMA at any weight class. One gets the sense that if the doctor hadn’t stopped it, he would have kept going all night. Fortunately for his face, it doesn’t work like that.

Frank Mir +98
You know what the trouble with trashing your opponent’s skills is? You make beating him seem less like an impressive feat, and more like an expected one. Still, we can’t deny that the beefier Mir looked good for the minute he was in there. Good enough to beat Lesnar? Seems doubtful.

Cheick Kongo -75
More and more Kongo is becoming the UFC heavyweight who looks most like Tarzan and fights like Jane. The best opponent he’s ever beaten was a declining Cro Cop, followed by a mediocre Antoni Hardonk. It seems laughable now that he was ever talking about a title shot.

Kenny Florian +77

Finishing Guida in a round and a half is no easy task, and KenFlo looked sharp while doing it. Where was the effective aggression in the Penn fight? Nevermind, we already saw how pressuring him turns out.

Clay Guida -59

He’s still one of the division’s most energetic, exciting fighters, but it’s looking like he’ll never rise much higher than gatekeeper. That’s not the worst thing that can happen. It’s not the best, either.

Jon Fitch +30
Wow, another victory via decision. What a surprise. You know, for a guy who seems to realize the importance of finishing fights, Fitch doesn’t appear to be taking many chances to make that happen. Taking two of three rounds in reliable, boring fashion against the Mike Pierce’s of the world isn’t going to get you another title shot, my man.

Mike Pierce -12
Something tells us that Pierce went home wishing he’d opened up his attack prior to the final minute of the fight. If he had, maybe he’d have gone home with a little extra cash in his pocket and a brighter future in the UFC.

Stefan Struve +22
If this was supposed to be Struve’s chance to prove himself against a grizzled journeyman, he didn’t exactly make the most of it. A win’s a win, but he still has a long way to go.

Paul Buentello -19
Yep, same old Buentello. Flashes of ferocity followed by missed opportunities and an indolent approach to the later rounds. At least you always know what you’re going to get from him.

Alan Belcher +46
Yes, it was an exciting fight and an explosive finish. No, that does not make you one of the greatest fighters of all time. Do this a couple more times, to a couple of opponents who are actually coming off victories, then we’ll talk.

Wilson Gouveia -31
Maybe getting into a shootout right off the bat wasn’t the best game plan. That is, assuming you had a game plan at all.

Memphis crowd -23
Maybe it’s all the fried food and residual grief from the death of Elvis, but we’re a little boo-happy aren’t we, Memphis? It’s hard to blame you. We’d be pissed too if the hometown boy who was supposed to headline this card ditched us to film a movie in Canada.

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Harry Sack- December 15, 2009 at 10:35 am
Bj wins against Kos at welterweight in two as Kos acts out his best wild west death scene after an "eye poke". Dubya could alternate hugging each fighters nuts between rounds - working up a nice sweat of his own. Fitch could grind out a decision victory on the same card against (insert mid level up and commer here) and Skeletor could order Triclops to snap some photos of Prince Adam bathing in River Eternia for his Facebook page. Sounds like entertainment gold to me.
dlb- December 14, 2009 at 11:23 pm
Koscheck v. Penn at Welterweight? That's a fight I'd like to see.
dlb- December 14, 2009 at 11:19 pm
How are you judging this? I would figure it would be where they stack up against the best in their division, not an averaging out. Should be a big -100 for Diego. The name of the game is not move forward while being pounded.

I hope the UFC can find some fighters for Penn, Silva and GSP. They are at a whole other level and I'm getting tired of pretending people like Hardy are even close to a threat.
robthom- December 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm
I have no idea what "indolent" means, but I'm sure it means something cool and I agree pretty much down the line with everything else.
Dubya- December 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm
@Get Off Me
Great minds think alike my friend. Looks like at least 2 people on this site know what hell they're talking about. And I'm not talking about the Bens, because those two clown dicks don't have a fucking clue. ;) JK fellas.
Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm
One minute apart...i like the way you think, looks like the professor has some explaing to
richorama- December 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm
skeletor Says:
Mon, 12/14/2009 - 11:33


I'm sure a bunch of stupid shit happened there on Saturday

Thats gold, good sir.
macreadysshack- December 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm
lol@ mthomas!
Sully- December 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm

......Shit. Well, atleast a whore was sitting on my lap.
mthomas- December 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm
If I was Belcher and found a monkeys paw, I would wish for that tatoo to disappear!
Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm
But Professor? Koscheck's "stellar" record against "big name" top contenders at WW means nothing if he were to fight BJ. Did Koscheck hurt GSP in their fight? If so I missed it, I saw BJ break GSP's nose before. What about not being able to finish Diego either? Kos is a great wrestler and his striking improves every fight I see, but I would definitely not put money on Koscheck to beat Penn.....I hope though that one day we could have clarity on that issue because no matter what the fight would be entertaining.
Dubya- December 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm
I respect Kos for his ability.. and he's bad ass wrestler for sure.. with increasingly better standup. However, his stand up in no way, shape, or form even close to BJ's. BJ's take down defense and standup would be too much for Kos. I think it would be an excellent fight.. and agree that it should be one that Joe sets up after BJ hands Maynard his first loss.

The biggest threat to BJ outside of GSP.. IMO.. is Alves. He has the standup to challenge BJ on his feet and will not attempt to take BJ down. Alves is a beast at welterweight.
cwr- December 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Maybe its just you and myself, but I also thought the Fitch fight was fairly entertaining.
NOTSOB- December 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm
can we have a new article? this one has been up since mourning and i need something new to read (at work).
thanks k bye.
@ skeletor
stop wishing that you lived in boston, we dont want you here fufu.
ProfessorMMA- December 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm

penn v koscheck to me is a no brainer at ww, unfort. for bj i cant see him winning this any way. kos is good shit and would hand bj his ass.

other than the few "top contenders" at ww though i could see bj having great success.

after kos dispatches thiago at 109, i say give him penn so we can get it through penn's ugly skull that he belongs at 155
Da Spied Her- December 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm
+76 for me for watching the naked girls at the strip club.
Spacebump- December 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm
If brother Hogan and yes Diego had a love child they could name it Brother Yes or Yes Brother. Take your pick.
Poutine Guillotine- December 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm
+1 deep fried peanut butter sandwich for Belcher who managed to turn a bad Johhny Cash tattoo into an amazing Fat Elvis
macreadysshack- December 14, 2009 at 11:53 am
I wish Belcher would find some creepy shriveled Monkey's Paw in thailand that granted him wishes. Then, he could wish for Anderson Silva and . . . well, we know how that ends.
Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 11:50 am
One last time, according to Freddie Roach "BJ has the best boxing in MMA".
Florian and Sanchez did not lack confidence, take a look at the Florian fight again, the first three rounds of both fights are like carbon copies......BJ let both guys through one or two punches first and then let them have a receipt, when they looked at the invoice it was too high a price to pay to try again. It's like people who look at pricey cars, you like but you can't afford too.....even GSP learned from his first fight with BJ that standing is not too fun, also Machida shot first in his fight with Penn......It's less of a confidence thing and more of a realization thing, an epiphany of sorts, like "wow this BJ guy is smuggling rocks in his gloves". Then it's like you said, the fighter tries to save face and hang for the rest of the fight.
Dubya- December 14, 2009 at 11:37 am
@Harry Sack

Hard to find something to bitch about BJ for after that fight.. but you managed to do it. Hater! Try winning at something for once in your life and you'll be pumped too. Douchebag!

Secondly, the only person that beats BJ at welterweight is GSP and GSP alone. I'm gonna catch flak for this.. but I still think BJ won the first fight against GSP. Just my opinion folks. I'd like to see one more rematch.. although I don't think the outcome will be any different.. perhaps BJ will come a little more prepared and put up a better fight.
YesCartwheel- December 14, 2009 at 11:36 am
Chong Li -57
Still refusing to sign with the UFC in favor of underground tournaments in Thailand.

Jugger- December 14, 2009 at 11:33 am
I thought the Fitch fight was a pretty decent scrap. Fitch is a pure wrestler, but I don't see how people find his fights boring.

When I think of "boring wrestler" I think of Sherk vs. Hermes Franka, or O'Brien vs. Herring. THOSE were boring wrestler fights.
skeletor- December 14, 2009 at 11:33 am

I'm sure a bunch of stupid shit happened there on Saturday.
Harry Sack- December 14, 2009 at 11:20 am
Fitch is bringing down Florian and Ben Stiller simply by being WAY too boring and looking just enough like them that the peripheral MMA fan wont be able to tell the three of them apart.
Diego took his ass whoopin like a man, his post fight comments were honest as hell - and his corner advice between rounds was terrible. He needs to mix in the occasional 'pro from outside his immediate family' if he's going to get some better corner instructions. "you need to git explosive ay" and "go for the double leg"(after about five unsuccessfull single leg flailings) weren't doing shit for poor Diego out there.
Is it me, or did BJ overdo it a bit with the canibal glove licking thing? - Okay you like the taste of blood - whoop dee do, get another gimmick. I thought his performance spoke loud enough without the bullshit afterwards.
lets not forget GSP just manhandled BJ like a small hooker (and had him crying like a little bitch afterwards) only three fights ago.
I know, different division, but dont act like you are unbeatable - you are just unbeatable at lightweight.
Struve / Buenetello was two guys with limitations for sure - but you cant deny they stood and traded with each other for long stretches. Most heavyweights these days who are trying to asscend in the ranks wont risk that.